Easily increase property value by maintaining your garden

A well-maintained, neutrally decorated house, with a well-equipped kitchen and bathroom is no longer enough to sell your house in a difficult real estate environment, according to numerous experts. Paul Barnes, one of the experts based in the UK, believes that a well-maintained garden is also vital and could add 10-15% to the value of a property.

With this in mind, it is important to move and trim your lawn, neaten up any brickwork in the outdoor space and repair damaged fencing before a potential buyer visits your home.

Generally, tidying up is highly recommended. Put away children’s toys that are not in use, much as you would indoors, and throw away rusty or otherwise unrecoverable items. If your beloved shed is starting to show its age, or excessive signs of wear and tear, it might be time to remove it entirely.

Opening the outdoor space up is also recommended; the best way to do this is by removing any particularly large and dominant plants or trees which can take up a lot of space and block out light.

Furthermore, it is a good idea to clean your patio area and treat your driveway to a blast from a pressure washer. If you want to go one step further, park your car elsewhere rather than on the driveway; this makes the property less about you and in turn more about the potential buyer. If you’re selling in the summer, offering drinks in the garden will show how the area serves as a communal space.

A weekend’s work in the garden could add significant value to your property, but if you still feel like the area is lacking that little extra something, many people recommend the addition of a child friendly water feature or some hanging baskets or similar, which help add extra character.