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The Grass Is Always Greener…..

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to set some time aside and focus on your outdoor space. Buyers will definitely take note of whether you have some outside space for them to enjoy.

The size of garden isn’t necessarily the main selling point but, it is always worth making the most of what you do have. Follow these top tips for making your garden look its best ahead of springtime viewings:

Mow the lawn

A simple, but sometimes overlooked step, is to mow the lawn. Many gardens are looking overgrown at the moment, so neaten up your outdoor space and stand out from the competition.

Sweep up dead leaves 

If you have trees in your garden, it may be full of last year’s leaves. Take some time to go out and sweep them all up before taking a look at your plants for any dead growth. If you need to, trim back any plants and prune any hedges/bushes that need it. A fresh looking garden makes all the difference.

Tidy the flowerbeds

We wouldn’t leave our properties untidy if we were having a viewing, so why not neaten up your outdoor space too? The benefit of hosting an early summer viewing is that you will have some bright flowers in your garden. Start by tidying up the plants you currently have, and head out for some more if needs be. Simple yet colourful flowers will wow buyers, while co-ordinated borders can help you stand out from the crowd.

Paint the fence and shed

You may not notice it yourself, but a scruffy-looking shed or fence can ruin the most pleasant of gardens. Don’t forget to paint or re-stain your woodwork if it’s looking a little shabby. Remember to make sure that all of the panels are matching and your garden will look smart in no time.

Scoop up the Poop!

If you are a cat or dog owner and they have access to the garden, make sure you tidy up after them.

Remove broken pots and the rusty barbecue

Thanks to the strong winds we had last winter, many gardens may have been strewn with debris. It is a good idea to clean up any damage. If you left the barbecue out over the winter, it may be wise to put it in the shed before viewings – a rusty barbecue isn’t going to inspire al fresco dining or make your burgers taste very nice!

Bring out the table and chairs

You want your property to seem as desirable as possible, and who doesn’t enjoy relaxing in their gardens on a warm summer evening? Get out your outdoor furniture and show buyers how great your garden will be when the weather’s better. This is particularly important if all you have is a backyard.

A great garden will go a long way in impressing your buyers – whether it’s large or small. It will also help you stand out from the competition, so don’t look past the importance of sprucing up your outside space.

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