Revamp and go for impact
Small touches can make your garden instantly more appealing and welcoming
a sensory impact. Plant aromatic shrubs such as English roses, lavender, star jasmine or a gardenia near the entrance or beside a patio.
Buy three large but different sized containers for a patio or near an entrance and fill them with flowering roses or colourful annuals. For a sunny container, try salvias, marigolds or petunias. For a shady patio, try begonias or lobelia.
Garden lighting is an attractive bonus. The possibility of night use will be appealing to the prospective buyer and will provide you with an extra room when entertaining family over the festive season.
Consider extending the floor area of a small patio so that there is generous room for a table and chairs. An extra entertainment area is a winner in mid-summer.
Replace dead perennials with colourful daisy bushes, agapanthus or lavender so there are no gaps in the borders. The smaller dead shrubs can be dug out and replaced either with more shrubs or perennials. Dead trees can either be removed or stumped to 1.5m high. An attractive bird feeder and a creeper will turn the stump into a wildlife focal point.
Fix mechanical problems outdoors as you would a dripping tap indoors. If there’s a water feature, keep it in working order – an empty pool or dead fountain is very depressing.
It is worth spending a little money to fix things that will shout expense at a buyer, such as loose gutters or cracked paving.
Cut back overgrown creepers or low-lying leafy branches.
Scrub the garden furniture and pop a few colourful cushions on the chairs when guests or prospective buyers arrive.
Get rid of punctured footballs, tins of paint and the grass box from the last-but-one lawnmower and dump them. Do anything which makes the place look loved and loveable.