Beau­ti­ful gar­dens can seal deal when sell­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

IF YOU’RE try­ing to sell your property, don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the power of a well-main­tained gar­den, says Mike Gre­eff, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Gre­eff Prop­er­ties, an af­fil­i­ate of Christie’s In­ter­na­tional Real Es­tate.

“Of­ten the strong­est fac­tor in the fi­nal de­ci­sion to buy a home is emo­tion, with re­sponses such as, ‘I just fell in love with the place’ of­ten seal­ing the deal.

“Would-be sell­ers can tap into this phe­nom­e­non in a num­ber of ways – rang­ing from a cos­metic lick of paint, to more fun­da­men­tal reme­dies ne­ces­si­tat­ing ren­o­va­tions, but when your property shouts that much louder than com­pet­ing listed homes, your chances of achiev­ing a bet­ter price in­creases.

“First im­pres­sions definitely count, so a gar­den with ap­peal is of­ten your ticket to get­ting a po­ten­tial buyer through the front door,” says Gre­eff.

“Ac­cord­ing to our agents buy­ers are cur­rently drawn to in­dige­nous gar­dens with a more re­laxed and nat­u­ral ar­range­ment, and veg­etable patches also rate very high. Bore­holes, rain­tanks, grey wa­ter sys­tems and ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems are all value adders, and ver­ti­cal gar­den fea­tures such as green­walls are in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity too.”

When buy­ing a home, he says bud­get­ing for a gar­den is of­ten an af­ter­thought, but be­fore you spend for­tunes at a nurs­ery, it’s worth call­ing in an ex­pert to ad­vise on whether or not the plants you pre­fer are suit­able for your gar­den con­di­tions.

“A plant will look beau­ti­ful at a nurs­ery, where it’s grow­ing un­der ideal con­di­tions, but when you plant it with­out any re­search or plan­ning for po­si­tion, ex­ist­ing soil, af­ter­care and gen­eral main­te­nance, you could be dis­ap­pointed – and out of pocket.

“A well re­searched and a thought­fully land­scaped gar­den will definitely mean a sig­nif­i­cant saving in money and time in the long run,” says Gre­eff.

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