The process of flipping properties, or buying an under maintained property and renovating it for profit, may be a form of investment you dabble in. Regardless, a well designed, neat, tidy, garden invites buyers and guests into the home, highlights the front door, features architecture and is pleasing to the eye. With the right approach this can all be achieved within budget. If you’re planning on selling then don’t underestimate the power of the garden to increase street appeal. This helps your buyers imagine themselves playing and relaxing in their prospective piece of paradise. So if listing your house is on the horizon, then a quick, cost effective makeover may just get you into your new property faster and with more cash in your pocket.
What you can do.
Keep the garden design simple and in line with the architecture of the house. Soften edges with leafy green shrubs and structural feature plants to highlight contemporary architecture and standout against modern neutral colours. Show them the way to the front door with a simple path of stepping stones or pavers directly from the front gate or driveway. Highlight the path with a low planting of strappy leafed plants in narrow garden beds either side. Choose fewer plant species to enable buyers to add their own plant choices after settlement. A lower grown species planted along the inside of the front fence keeps the line of sight to admire the front façade of the newly renovated house, enticing prospective buyers. Plenty of lawn to play on may attract buyers with children too, accommodating play equipment and the family pet. If this is your market, then ensure family friendly features are highlighted ensuring the lawn is fertilized & wonderfully green.
Invite buyers to take a closer inspection of the house by presenting the garden in the best possible light. Ensure the garden is weed free, paths swept and lawns mown to give buyers the correct assumption that this garden is low maintenance.