15 May Garden Tips to Help Increase your Property Value
You’ve decided to sell and it seems like a military operation has been orchestrated to maximise the sale potential, however have you thought about your landscaping?
What to do?
Define the boundaries
Mow and edge your lawn. Creating an edge or border to your garden or yard will frame your green space and can be as easy as using a wiper snipper or sharp spade to cut a neat separation between your lawn and garden bed, path or fence. If the budget allows, you can use a physical barrier such as timber, steel, brick or stone.
Green up problem spaces
You can address your gardens problems such as rickety old fence, overlooking neighbours or busy roads by planting-out your boundaries. Using more mature plants will create an instant effect from a buyer’s point of view.
Tuck your beds in
Weeding and mulching your garden beds will lift their appearance to your buyers. Ensure that you use treated timber mulch so it is not attractive to termites and pests and looks neater.
Don’t have too much variety
Restrict you plant choices so your garden does not look too busy and more uniformed.
Put down new lawn
A lush new lawn will make any garden space look attractive and inviting. And for approximately $10 per sqm it is very cost effective.
Add colour to make you smile
Add welcoming plants or planters at entranceways with established plants or flowers it will make a great first impression.
No Edward Scissor hands
Pruning or tidying up plants and trees will achieve great results, however be careful not to get carried away as you don’t want it to look bare.
I am not sure about these following facts, I think the best way to increase the value of your home is to employ the right agent and auctioneer, however please find enclosed some research done on the subject:
- Trees increase property prices: Perth-based research* found that a broad-leafed tree located on a street verge in front of a home increases the median property price by about $16,889.
- Choose a leafy street: The economic value of greenspace* case study, put together by Brisbane City Council, found “leafy streets, with 50 per cent or more tree cover, added up to $29,000 (5.4 per cent) above the median house sale price”.
- Landscaping achieves high-value returns: A Michigan University study* found that homeowners achieved a 109 per cent return on every landscaping dollar spent – higher than any other home improvement.
- Good landscape design increases value: The same Michigan University research found good landscape design – as judged by plant type, size and design sophistication – increased perceived home value by 5–11 per cent.