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How To Sell Your Garden

Estate agents and property experts estimate that a well kept garden could add thousands of pounds to the selling price of a home. On the other side of the coin, neglecting your outside space could harm how much your home is worth.

Whatever the reason you're looking at selling, follow these handy tips to get your garden into tip-top selling shape. http://www.saga.co.uk/insurance/home-insurance/how-to-sell-your-garden.aspx

First Impressions are Crucial

First Impressions
You only get one chance to make a first impression and many potential buyers will start to make a decision about your home as soon as they see it from the outside. If you have a front garden then make sure you've got it looking neat and tidy before anyone arrives to value or view your home. Make sure the lawn is mowed and the hedge trimmed. Give any gates or fences a lick of paint if they're looking a bit tired and replace any dead or dying plants.

Get Bright
Perk up your exterior with some brightly coloured flowering plants. Place them somewhere they are visible from the house, this will add instant cheer. Hanging baskets can also add a splash of colour to boring bricks or distract the eye from any less than perfect exteriors.

Snap Happy
Whether you're ready to sell right now or not, take some pictures of your garden when it's looking its best. These can really help with the estate agents' listings in their windows and on property websites.

Get it Right
Insurance providers, Saga, highlight the importance of getting any external work done properly to avoid any issues when your property is surveyed before a sale. Their advice is:

"Ensure that any new paths or patios are not built above the damp proof layer course of the house and consider whether it is cost effective to rectify any existing problems yourself."

Minimise to Maximise
A minimalistic look makes it easy for buyers to picture themselves living in your home – and that goes for the garden as well. If you're planning on selling then now is the time to pack up those bird feeders, gnomes, empty plant-pots and tools. The aim is to create an outdoor space that feels spacious, easy to maintain, and practical. If you have patio furniture then put this on display beside the barbeque to show off the potential as an outdoor dining space.

Urban Spaces
Not got much outside space but want to make the most of it? www.lovethegarden.com have lots of great hints and tips you can follow in their urban Gardening section.

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