Investing in a stunning garden pays huge dividends
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.