Since the national lockdowns in 2020, gardens have become ever more important, and provide us with space to relax, socialise and even improve our mental and physical wellbeing.
It goes without saying that gardens are in their element during the summer months, but if you’re thinking of selling in Winter, there’s still lots of things you can do to make your garden sing.
If you’re thinking about getting on the move, getting your garden ready for buyers can pay dividends, achieving a higher price for your property.
Spick and span
Having a good tidy up often makes a bigger difference than you can imagine. Sweep and give the patio a wash (ideally with a jet wash but soapy water and elbow grease will work), pull up any unwanted weeds, replace broken pots, and mend any broken fence panels.
Lawns tend not to grow much over winter, but If you think your lawn is in need of a trim, make sure your lawn is dry and not too soft or frozen. Cut during mild spells of weather and use the highest cut setting to protect your lawn from the elements.
On the fence
Giving your fence panels a lick of paint can change the whole feel of a garden. Consider using more modern colours such as off white, stone or sage green rather than traditional dark brown or forest green. Lighter colours can make the garden feel more spacious, whilst a dark grey can add drama and provide a striking contrast to green foliage and bright flowers.
Inject some life
It’s important to make your garden feel calm and relaxing, surrounded by nature. Adding some (real) greenery, rather than plastic plants and grass will make a huge difference. There are a variety of winter flowering plants such as Hellebores, winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), Snowdrops & Cyclamen which add brightness and hope to those cold, grey days. You can also plant tulip bulbs right up until the end of January/early February, which depending on the variety will flower anytime from March through to May.
Adding bird feeders is a fantastic way to bring wildlife into the garden. Be sure to restock them regularly, especially during the winter months when food sources are limited.
In the winter, our garden furniture is packed away or undercover making it hard for the garden to feel lived in, and this can be difficult for buyers to imagine themselves in the space. Placing a bench or some chairs in a sunny spot of the garden is a great way to showcase what the garden has to offer throughout the year.
Ticking off these things will make your garden seem loved and cared for, giving buyers confidence in your home.