In­vest­ing in a stun­ning gar­den pays huge div­i­dends

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

A WELL-PLANNED, colour­ful gar­den could add at least 10 to 15 per­cent to a prop­erty’s value, says Lan­ice Stew­ard, MD of Anne Porter Knight Frank.

“Those who ne­glect their gar­dens pay a heavy price when they try to sell. It is worth spending as much as you can on your gar­den and de­vot­ing time to it,” says Stew­ard.

“You will al­ways re­coup the ex­pen­di­ture sev­eral times over when you come to sell.”

How­ever, she warns, the pre­fer- ence is for wa­ter­wise gar­dens with in­dige­nous plants, which re­quire rel­a­tively lit­tle wa­ter and main­te­nance.

Stew­ard says par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion should be paid to the pave­ments sur­round­ing a home.

“Th­ese give the first im­pres­sion of the home. It is a big mis­take to leave them un­tended and un­planted.

“A few roses or trees climb­ing the wall and a neatly cut verge lawn will give vis­i­tors the im­pres­sion that this is a valu­able, well-cared-for home,” says Stew­ard.

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