A well-kept garden is vital when selling, as an overgrown and unkempt one will leave potential buyers unable to see the potential scope it offers and turned off by the amount of work required to make it habitable, especially for families. If you don’t have the time then hiring a temporary gardener to clear things up can prove more than worth it; while a good tip if you have someone coming is simply to mow the grass, which immediately makes the garden look tidier. If your lawn is in need of re-turfing altogether then it may be savvy to do this before your house goes on the market, as buyers are likely to see this as a difficult and expensive process they’d rather not bother with.
Kitting out your garden with all the necessities for summer days with friends and family enables viewers to imagine themselves living there – barbecues, tables, deckchairs and even clay ovens all provide the sense that the garden is another prime living space. Patios and decked areas are key for this, along with doors that open wide to the garden and awnings that provide cover should the British summer fail to hold out. I have even seen patios with build in fridges.
Many sellers spend time de-cluttering the house, but de-cluttering the garden is just as important to make sure it lives up to its full potential – broken toys, plant pots and furniture take up precious space and makes it look like your garden isn’t used properly. Make sure fences and gates are in working order, and to attract families and pet owners, a child and dog proof garden will make your garden stand out from others.
Many people often think that a property with a small yard or a dark north facing garden would sell better in the winter months when outside space isn’t a priority. However in a hot and steamy summer, any sort of outside space is at a premium and will be in demand.
A south facing garden, balcony or terrace is perceived to be the must have, but personally I think a westerly facing garden is best: the sun will rise at the front of the house – so a bright morning to start your day - and will set at the rear, so you will make the most of the evening sun. It also means rooms at the front of the house will be cooler in the height of summer as the sun will have moved round by the time it is at its fiercest.”
How to make sure your estate agent is making the best out of your heatwave-friendly assets this summer:
“There are a number of key questions you should put to your estate agent if you are entrusting them to sell your home over the summer. Do they know your house’s proximity to parks and lidos so that potential buyers are even more attracted due to the local amenities? Have they got the patio keys to open up and show off your valuable outdoor space to its full potential, and if you’re an absentee seller are they keeping an eye on your garden to make sure it’s respectable?
Before viewers arrive they should be airing the house and pulling blinds and curtains back to ensure lots of light and a favourable temperature – there is nothing worse than entering a stuffy house on a hot day. It may even be worth letting your estate agent know your street’s bin day – nothing is less appealing than full bins hotting up in the sun, so avoid bringing viewers on these days at all costs.”
Would your house do better in a winter or summer market?
The kinds of attributes which make for an easier summer sale:
ï§Near swimming pools and parks
ï§Old house – issues such as drafts or heat escaping is noticed less in the summer months
ï§Basement flat – better light in the summer than winter months
ï§Foreign buyer friendly – such buyers are more likely to be in the UK for the summer
The kinds of attributes which make for an easier winter sale:
ï§Open-fire place – adding a cosy feel
ï§Modern home – better insulation
ï§Darker paint colours/furniture
ï§Close to transport links – so less walking in the rain/cold
ï§Family home – families are often looking to move to desirable catchment areas ahead of school application deadlines