Up­front sell­ing tips

Rutherglen Reformer - - Home Improvements -

Some 66 per cent of prospec­tive buy­ers in Bri­tain say the gar­den is vi­tal when choos­ing whether to buy a house, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of 2000 peo­ple by on­line trade ser­vice Rated Peo­ple. And es­tate agents say a gar­den can in­crease a prop­erty’s price by up to 20 per cent. So it’s time to hide the dust­bins, ditch the rub­bish, dig out the weeds and make colour­ful ad­di­tions to your front gar­den. Of course, every­body loves the idea of hav­ing a house with a fan­tas­tic gar­den but all too of­ten, don’t rel­ish the re­al­ity be­hind main­tain­ing it. It’s sen­si­ble to cre­ate a gar­den that looks fan­tas­tic but re­quires min­i­mum ef­fort. Shrubs and conifers add stature and tex­ture but can vir­tu­ally be left to their own de­vices. Plants like chrysan­the­mum, gar­de­nia or jas­mine can re­tain mois­ture longer so re­quire less wa­ter­ing. If you’re in a rush to sell, you’re not go­ing to have time to plant a hedge to block out pol­lu­tion and road noise but quick plant­ing can make smaller, ef­fec­tive im­prove­ments. Con­sider putting up a frame­work of trel­lis to screen dust­bins and plant fast-grow­ing climbers around it. Soften harsh con­crete steps in the front gar­den by lining the path with evergreens in pots and place con­tainer plants around the front door to make the en­trance look wel­com­ing and cared for. If you park in the front gar­den, don’t try to en­hance the area with fid­dly lit­tle plants which may flop over the park­ing space and end up be­ing squashed. In­stead, group a few plants strate­gi­cally for a bold, prac­ti­cal ef­fect. Stan­dard pot­ted trees make a front en­trance grander, so if you’re af­ter a re­ally quick fix, look in your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre for stan­dard bay or olive trees in pots, to frame your front door. Al­ter­na­tively, go for box top­i­ary. Hide eye­sores with quick-grow­ing ev­er­green climbers such as the cul­ti­vars of the honey­suckle Lon­icera japon­ica. Plant other climbers such as clema­tis or roses to adorn bare walls. No-fuss plant­ing might in­clude eu­phor­bias and phormi­ums for strong struc­ture in a sunny gar­den, while var­ie­gated ivy and hostas in pots are ideal for a shady door area. Put climbers on walls and fences. In­clude shrubs and small trees, such as laven­der or camel­lia, in “dead space”. Light­ing also plays a part. If you have one tree in your front gar­den, place strate­gic up­lighters un­der­neath to make it more at­trac­tive at night. With in­creas­ing wor­ries about front gar­dens be­ing over­paved, lead­ing to drainage prob­lems, use ma­te­ri­als that let wa­ter seep through such as brick pavers, gravel, ma­trix pavers or grass re­in­force­ment. With the front gar­den cre­at­ing a great first im­pres­sion, your home will soon have a “Sold” sign out­side it.

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