This year, real estate experts predict that the housing market is about to surge: Millennial and Gen Z buyers are preparing to buy their first homes. Moreover, potential homeowners will reportedly be seeking properties with lots of space that will allow them to engage in outdoor activities, such as gardening.
If you’re planning to sell your property, there’s no better time than the present to prepare it for selling, as there’s currently a low inventory of houses across the nation, and mortgage rates are at an all-time low. Since homebuyers appreciate a beautifully maintained lawn, you’ll need to whip your garden into shape and make your property more sellable.
Here’s how to prepare your garden before selling your home.
Add an outdoor structure
Having a beautiful garden can boost the value of your property by up to 20 percent. What’s more, it also offers an 88 percent return of investment when it comes to home improvements, so taking some time and effort to make your garden look good is a must before putting your home on the market. One of the easiest ways to make your garden more appealing is to add an outdoor structure, such as a gazebo, pergola or shed.
You can have a professional custom build the structure, and according to Mangum Builders, doing so can help you build an extension of your home that incorporates your specifications, including materials, size, style, and specific features. As much as possible, build an outdoor structure that buyers can find function in, such as a shed that can be turned into a home office or study, or a gazebo that functions as a barbecue area.
Giving your outdoor space a good clean can give your garden a fresh look. Give existing outdoor structures, as well as the outside of your home, a thorough clean using a pressure washer to get rid of mildew and stains without having to use harsh chemicals.
Get rid of any litter or clutter, weeds, and dead plants or trees, and then give your fence a fresh coat of paint. Replace broken patio pavers and outdoor tiles with new ones to make your outdoor area look more presentable, and don’t forget to trim the lawn if you have one.
Add a water feature
A water feature can give your garden a sense of calm while adding a decorative touch to your outdoor space. Moreover, it can help to freshen and cool the air, attract wildlife, and bring the sounds of nature to your property. Consider having a small freestanding fountain in your garden, add a tabletop water feature, or convert a wall into a fountain that cascades into a small pond.
Surround the fountain with plants to make it look more natural, and add lighting to create visual interest and movement.
Refreshing your outdoor space is worth the time and effort, especially if you’re putting your home on the market. Try these tips to get your garden in shape to attract buyers and sell your property faster.