Green fingers: top 5 ways to prepare your garden (or window boxes) for viewings

by Housesimple on 17th May 2016

Private outdoor space is at the top of many buyers’ wish lists, and a well-presented garden can boost your property’s value by up to 20%. Home sellers without gardens can also take advantage of the demand for outdoor space by sprucing up their balconies, roof gardens and window boxes. Follow these top five tips and your green areas will be in shipshape condition for viewings.

1.    Tidy up

Store tools in the shed, mow the lawn, sweep paths, weed and dead-head flower beds and clear away any fallen branches. Vendors with balconies or roof terraces should give these areas a sweep and tidy, too. If your property has window boxes, dead-head the flowers and get rid of weeds and debris.

2.    Plant fragrant flowers

Flowers will not only make your property look more attractive to viewers, they can also appeal to their sense of smell. Fragrant flowers include rhododendrons, jasmine, honeysuckle, daphne, magnolia and rose. During summer viewings, keep your windows open to let the floral scents breeze into your home. In the USA the smell of basil has been shown to improve house sales, so pop a few herb pots in your garden or kitchen window sill.

3.    Add colour

Vibrantly coloured flowers will instantly lift viewers’ spirits. If your outdoor space is lacking in colour, pop along to your local garden centre and pick up some bedding plants. These don't need to be grown from seed and can be popped straight into the ground for a quick burst of colour. As for balconies or roof terraces, pick up a variety of bright container plants.  

4.    Stage your space

Buyers want to visualise themselves making the most of the outdoor space in spring and summer. Add a table and some seating to your garden, balcony or roof terrace to help viewers think of al fresco dinners and barbecues with friends. For flats, consider moving your dining table next to your window boxes to create the illusion of outdoor dining.  

5.    Keep it minimal

Your outdoor area should complement your home, rather than overwhelm it. If your garden is already a bit too busy, dig up and gift some plants to your neighbours. Also, store away old or excess furniture and children’s toys until viewings are finished.

Now that your outdoor space is ready to make a good impression, it’s time to start welcoming potential buyers into your home. Sign up with and get your property on the market in no time.  


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