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Online House Hunter: Border lines

Online House Hunter: Border lines

27/05/2011

Source: independent.co.uk

IF first impressions count when it comes to selling your home then the front garden should receive most of your attention.

A clean and tidy home can only help sway the buyer once they are inside but, particularly at this time of year a beautiful garden can convince someone that this is the place to put down their own roots.

It’s not just the arrival of the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden can be seen by many homeowners as that ‘extra room’ where they can spend a relaxing summer’s evening or indulge in their hobby of gardening. And the promise of good weather for the bank holiday weekend means many house hunters will be keeping a special eye on your lawn and borders.

While the green-fingered among us will be sitting smug at this advice, there are others hitting the panic button. Fortunately there is plenty of advice on the web about giving your garden a quick makeover.

Gardenadvice.co.uk offers a number of tips and in particular makes the often-forgotten point that you need to aim the garden at the potential buyer, not yourself. You may be very happy with pretty borders and delicate garden ornaments but if that popular school down the road is a draw for the family-buyer then you need to show that your garden is child-friendly. Or if you’re in a quiet retirement quarter of town then low-maintenance needs to be the key.

Earth Designs, writing for the Garden and Landscape Directory, suggests that – as with interior decorating – neutrality is the key. Offering a potential buyer a blank canvas on which they can imagine their own designs will work best.

If it’s worth spending a few hundred pounds preparing your house for sale, then some of that spent on a garden makeover will be money will spent. And since I can kill aubretia at 50 paces with just a glance, I’m one of those who calls in a garden makeover company when it comes to selling up.