Our back gardens act as a refuge of sorts, a private paradise for rest and relaxation – whether an untamed jungle of exotic plant life, or a meticulously groomed garden space with patios for entertaining. The back garden receives the vast majority of our attention when it comes to home renovation, and can add significant value to your property in the process – but many forget to give similar attention to the front garden. Your front garden is arguably more important than the back when it comes to house-selling efforts, making a powerful first impression on potential buyers and adding value in terms of ‘curb appeal’. So, what can you do to improve the curb appeal of your property, and potentially clinch a sale?
Maintaining Your Lawn
If your front has a lawn space, simply ensuring it is landscaped and maintained can have a drastic effect on first impressions. Mow it regularly to stimulate healthy growth and keep it uniform, and make use of a battery trimmer to tackle tougher outcrops of weeds and brambles, as well as to manage its edges. A little care goes a long way, and a well-kept front lawn requires little in the way of investment to appeal to new buyers.
Not every property front has a full lawn to boast about, with many fronted by a simple patio drive or courtyard area. Nonetheless, these spaces can be made greener with the judicious introduction of new plant life to proceedings. Use terracotta plant pots for a quintessential feel and bring mall bushes and large outdoor plants to the borders of your front space for a splash of colour against your border fence backdrop. To make more of a feature of your outdoor plants, use bespoke potting solutions; upcycled bicycle baskets can become planters for hanging plants, while window boxes can be made in all manner of ways from scrap wood or old tins.
If your garden does not have paving, you might want to consider installing a pathway for easy access to the front door – or for a way to enjoy other features such as flowerbeds from different parts of the garden. If you already have a pathway, you may want to think about refreshing its design before sale to improve its appeal. Choosing the kind of material, you’ll use for your pathway can have a huge effect on the outcome of your front garden – gravel is a cheap and effective option, but may not add much in terms of aesthetic value. Natural stone can be an expensive endeavour, but can also complement other features of your garden depending on the stone you choose. Drainage is an important consideration, as puddles can present safety risks and waterlogging issues to flowerbeds – while building a pathway up against an exterior wall of your home can promote damp – creating more issues for potential buyers.
The Personal Touch
Lastly, think about imparting more of your personality onto your front garden space. The above suggestions present the garden as a buyer would receive it in the best light; incorporating personal effects which would be removed with you on completion day can give buyers a sense of your personality, and a sense of the possibilities with regard to their own aesthetics. Solar garden lamps can light the way to the front door, while metal trellises and features can provide a contrast to the garden’s natural life.