When preparing your home for sale, it’s important to ensure it’s looking its best. The interior of your house is important, but it’s worth bearing in mind that a well-maintained courtyard or garden could also help drive up the price of your property.
“Having a well maintained outside space can certainly help to add value to your property,” says Tom Scarpignato, real estate agent for Belle Property Neutral Bay. “Thanks to our Australian weather, the opportunity for indoor/outdoor living is something that really appeals to buyers. A space to entertain and relax, or a garden for children and pets can be a big drawcard. Privacy and light are also very important.”
Timeless v. Trend
When it comes to outdoor styling, Scarpignato says trends are often best steered clear of. “Fashions and fads pass quickly. Buyers tend to be drawn to simplicity, so clean, respectable and inviting spaces are what you should be aiming for. Perennials and low maintenance plants are probably the most desirable. You may also want to consider a few flowering plants to add colour.”
Preparing for Open Home
Scarpignato stresses the importance of making sure your outside space is up to scratch prior to any inspections. “Take some time to pressure clean pavers, and do a general clean, tidy and declutter before you open up the property for viewings,” he says. “Make sure you add or remove plants to improve appearance, get rid of weeds, and style the space with chairs, tables or lounges if you feel it looks too empty.”
Most importantly, ensure your space is accessible, spacious and tidy. Mow lawns, and if time allows, lay down fertiliser and lawn seed to make sure your grass is looking its best. Prune back big overgrown shrubs, sweep away dead leaves and roll up hoses to give your garden or courtyard an open, uncluttered feel. Remember, buyers need to be able to picture themselves in those spaces, so it’s important to try and create a desirable area.