If you are garden crazy or have an eye for aesthetically pleasing landscapes, then the good news is that these qualities could add value to your property. Tidying and greening around your home, as well as creating pockets in your garden, often makes your home more inviting to others, and it offers a grand entrance. So how can you create the perfect garden for your home that will give you a higher sale price?
Trees are known to increase property value. According to research in Perth, broad-leaf trees situated on the verge out the front of a home increased the median value of homes by around $17,000. Another study in Brisbane found that ‘leafy tree-lined streets’ that had more than 50% of cover had an increased value of almost $30,000 over the median price.
Selecting attractive trees that change colour during different seasons, have conical or well-formed shapes or have unusual foliage or broad leaves give your garden character and makes it unique. The trees that you select should complement your home’s style, have added benefits such as provide shade, or reduce erosion, and attract birds. These aspects give your garden a more harmonious feel, which allows buyers to have a greater sense of security and homeliness.
Native plants, trees and shrubs typically survive in their environment without needing any extra love and care. They also do not need any additional water, which makes them more cost-effective to purchase and an efficient addition to your garden. A study on the purchase and maintenance costs of natives over lawn found that over 20-years natives cost around $3,000 to maintain, whereas as the lawn was around $20,000 over the same duration. For a potential buyer, a garden that is easier to look after with reduced costs is far more inviting than one that looks like it’s high maintenance.
Well kept and manicured lawns give your garden a luxurious feel. Keeping your lawn mowed and edged gives it the appearance that it is easier to maintain – a popular selling point. To create an edge on your lawn that separates it from your garden beds is as simple as cutting the lawn with a sharp spade. You can also use bricks, pavers, steel or stone to edge your lawn.
Edging lawn and garden beds also define areas and gives you a sense of spaciousness. A garden that looks large, but easily kept is a draw-card for many buyers.
Take a walk around your garden, if you can see gaps in the fence or can see into your neighbour’s yard and your privacy is limited, then think about planting a few well-established shrubs or trees to hide these open areas. Think like a potential buyer. They are looking for a home them provides them with a sanctuary so they will want to feel secure and not as though others are watching over them.
If your garden is looking sparse or parched by the sun and you do not have enough shade or want to create a softer appearance to your garden, then look for fuller, leafier trees. If you are not sure which type of plant is ideal for your location and soil, then visit your local nursery or garden centre and ask their opinion. You can also buy soil testing kits and do some research online to find out which plants will grow the best in your region.
A garden that has a high level of mulch and is weed free looks attractive, plus it appears to be less maintenance. So take the time before you put your home on the market to top up your mulch and remove any weeds.
Some of the best mulches to use when you are looking to sell are pine bark, gum chips or forest fines as these have a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Pea straw, sugar cane and Lucerne, which are excellent for enriching the soil, can look a little messy.
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