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Selling Your Home -
Your garden can help to sell your house

Selling Points

When your house is up for sale, dont forget your garden is on the market too. In fact, it could be your greatest asset.

There is a peak seasson for selling houses - the end of the summer holidays and spring. A good garden is a great aid to selling and can enhance the asking price - so if you are thinking of moving, it's time to put yours in order.

Don't overdo it
Avoid spending money on expensive improvements that potential buyers may not be keen on. They may not regard your new hot tub, water feature or designer makeover as a desirable feature, and they'll assume you have added the cost to your asking price. So save the cash and spend it on your new home instead.

Worthwhile improvements
Prospective buyers are turned off by mess, So make sure the garden looks neat and tidy. Keep the grass mown and edged, hedges trimmed,gravel raked and beds weeded and clear away rubbish. Its vital to make the place feel loved.

Few prospective buyers are keen gardeners - most people just want a garden that's easy to look after - so if yours has a complicated layout , simplify it. Grass over non-essential beds (for instant results lay turf any time through the winter) then smarted up the place. Pressure wash paving and plant up a few colourful, seasonal containers of annuals: spread fresh gravel over the drive or paths: apply timber treatment to fences; and do any repairs needed to gates or arches. Screen dustbins, oil tanks or compost heaps with trellis and , as a worthwhile finishing touch spread bark chippings or mushroom compost over beds and borders to freshen them up and give them a well-tended look.

Use professionals wisely
It will pay to tame overgrown trees, shrubs or hedges. It will cost you a couple of hundred pounds to hire a qualified tree surgeon for a day or so, to lift crowns, thin outr branches, remove dsmsged or oversized trees and take out overgrown or overcrowded shrubs. Done professionally this will make your garden look instantly larger and more spacious. And make the most of the view, as it can add thousands to the value of your property. A good tree surgeon can open up a vista of countryside or a picturesque church, while leaving trees or shrubs that mask eyesores.

Get all the above done before the estate agent takes pictures and if you dont have time to keep on top of mowing while the house is on the market, get a man in to take care of routine upkeep. It's another expense that hardly counts if it helps you sell quickly or for a few thousand more.

Play fair with buyers
Its tempting to take favourite plants wiht you when you move, but dont do it. Take cuttings instead, or if you must dig up a whole plant, amke it clear to the estate agent that they aren't included as part of the sale.

You should alos let the agent know whether you intend taking or leaving significant items such as large conbtainers, sculptures or statuary. If you're taking them, try to m ove them off site before you show people round.

But there's no reason why you shouldn't make a bit of cash out of items you're leaving behind. If you're downsizing and won't need your ride-on mower, rotavator or large furniture for example, negotiate with the buyers in case they fancy a second-hand bargain. And if your potential buyer is a fellow gardener, a well presented folder showing the names and positions of your plants, plus contacts for the local gardening club and nurseries, might just be enough to clinch the deal.

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