by Housesimple on 2nd August 2016
A tidy and attractive garden can add a huge 20% onto your house valuation price. The even better news is you don't need to spend a fortune to get your outdoor area ready for summer viewings. Gardens that are easy to maintain tend to be more attractive to buyers, so keep your improvements simple. Read on for some easy ways to elevate your exteriors this summer.
Build your own BBQ
Building a garden barbecue isn't as challenging as it may sound. You’ll need some bricks, a grill set and a paving slab, as well as some cement, a trowel and a spirit measure. With the help of Gardeners' World's easy tutorial, you'll have a fully functional and attractive BBQ in no time.
Set up a drinks station
Potential buyers want to imagine themselves spending time relaxing or entertaining in your garden. Set the scene with a handy outdoor drinks station to show them the area is perfect for summer gatherings. Add a small table or outdoor storage cupboard near the door – sheltered if possible – stocked with glasses and drinks.
Create comfortable seating
Outdoor seating will create images of sunbathing or dining al fresco in potential buyers' minds. If you already have furniture outside, make sure it's looking it's best. Scrub and rinse chair arms and legs and wash cushion covers. If you don't have outdoor seating, see what your local garden centre or home improvement shop have on offer. For a low-cost option, simply scatter some large cushions on your deck or patio to create a laid back look.
Add some finishing touches
String fairy lights to brighten and enhance your seating areas during summer evenings. Outdoor lanterns look perfect when positioned around a lawn or lining a garden path. Another excellent tip is to hang mirrors on your garden walls to make your outdoor space appear bigger.
Stock up on essentials
Those summer essentials, such as insect repellent, citronella candles, sun cream and ice, will not only keep you and your family comfortable this summer, they're also good to have on hand when you're showing people around your garden and home.
These simple changes can make a big impression on potential buyers. And while your home is on the market, there's no reason why you can't make the most of your new and improved garden.
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