If you’re planning to sell next year, the holiday period is the perfect time to give your garden a little extra love and attention.
A well-maintained garden not only enhances your property’s kerb appeal but it will help maximise its market value. Here’s how you can prepare your garden so it’s in full bloom and ready to impress potential buyers come January:
1. Start fresh
Before you dive into planting and landscaping, begin with a thorough clean-up. Remove any dead plants, weeds, and debris. Overgrown trees and shrubs can overshadow your block’s true dimensions, so trim them back. This step not only clarifies your garden’s potential but also uncovers areas needing special attention – like shaded or previously covered patches.
2. Think low-maintenance
The last thing you want to do is spend money on plants that are going to wilt under the summer sun before you hit the market. Choose hardy, low-maintenance natives that flourish in Southwest Sydney’s climate. Not only will they be more likely to thrive, but they usually require less water and care, making them appealing to buyers who may not be avid gardeners.
3. Add a burst of colour
Inject life into your garden with summer-flowering plants. Fill any gaps in your garden with species that will be in bloom during your planned sale period. Consult with an expert at your local garden centre to find the best options for the planting position. For example, agapanthus, kangaroo paw, and waratahs will brighten up the space with their vibrant blooms and attract local birdlife, adding an extra layer of appeal.
4. Mulch matters
Applying a fresh layer of mulch can instantly revitalise your garden beds, giving them a neat and tidy appearance. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and suppresses weeds, reducing garden maintenance for potential buyers and helping your plants deal with the dry, summer heat.
Tip: top up your mulch after some rain or after a good watering for maximum benefit.
5. Lawn care is key
Who doesn’t love a lush, green lawn? Summer can be tough on grass, so revive a tired lawn with regular mowing, watering and fertilising. To help it cope with the summer heat, avoid cutting the grass too short; longer grass blades help shade the roots and minimise soil moisture loss.
6. Keep up the water
Summer makes for thirsty plants. Even if you’ve planted natives, keeping your garden hydrated is crucial for your new plants to establish themselves and flourish, ensuring a vibrant garden come sale time. If you can’t be trusted to water regularly, maybe this is also a good time to think about adding a simple irrigation system to make watering easier – buyers will love this!
7. Spruce up outdoor features
Revitalise your deck with a good clean and oil treatment and ensure all garden features, like ponds, fountains, or retaining walls, are in good working order. A little effort in repairing and cleaning these features can show that your property is well-cared for. Also, check that any outdoor lighting is working to help create a warm and inviting atmosphere during potential evening viewings.
Investing time in your garden over the Christmas and New Year period can greatly enhance your home’s kerb appeal and market value. Often, getting your garden sale-ready can be as simple as a bit of trimming, gap-filling, and maintenance. With a little TLC now, your property will be poised to make an impressive entrance onto the market in the new year.
If you’re planning to sell and would like more advice on preparing your property, reach out to our experienced team at Prudential Real Estate using the contact details below.
Prudential Real Estate Campbelltown | (02) 4628 0033 | [email protected]
Prudential Real Estate Liverpool | (02) 9822 5999 | [email protected]
Prudential Real Estate Macquarie Fields | (02) 9605 5333 | [email protected]
Prudential Real Estate Narellan | (02) 4624 4400 | [email protected]