Selling your property in winter: Improving your garden’s appeal this weekend

Selling your property in winter: Improving your garden’s appeal this weekend
Selling your property in winter: Improving your garden’s appeal this weekend

We know it’s cold. We know the last thing you want to do is go outside and work in the garden of your investment property.

However, now is a good time to get back up to date with maintenance on your property and to improve its outside appeal for selling in winter.

A lot of peoples’ gardens are, let’s be honest, short of perfect in the winter months. Bare branches, patchy grass, dead herb gardens – it’s not fantastic. If you are set to sell, then you still want to show off the outside of your property to best effect.

Firstly, aim to have your property open on a day where the weather is set to be as calm as possible.

Here are Property Observer’s tips for giving your garden a winter boost.

Solar lighting

You can buy these pretty cheaply, and they’re available in many places – from Kmart to Bunnings. At often around $5 each, a few of these lining paths, doorways or areas of best interest can do wonders for your property. Even better – they’ll make it glow in the darker mornings and overcast open home days. If you have any additional external lighting either at the front or back of the house then make sure it’s turned on for your open home.

Weather hazards

Remove overhanging branches, dropped leaves and plants, and prune back where possible. Ensure your fence is fixed – we’ve seen many a fence swaying in the strong Australian wind, so do your best to remove this as a concern from the buyer’s mind. Tying down or removing your lighter garden pieces on windy days is important (for instance, light deck chairs and trampolines) as these can become a danger.

Mow the lawn

Sorry, this still applies even in winter! Keep it cut short and neatly trimmed. You won't get away with an unkempt garden in any weather.

Consider some winter-friendly plants

Wattles, lavender and snow drops are all good winter-flowering plants. The hardy Wollemi Pine, one of the world’s rarest trees and suitably beautiful, is also a worthwhile inclusion.

Bright colours

If plants are not your thing, and they can be tricky to maintain for those of us without green thumbs, then don’t look past some bright outdoor furniture or ornaments. Pick the pieces that suit your property, but warm colours can do wonders. Think oversized plant pots, and potentially even borrow or rent outdoor furnishings for your undercover areas. You might want to give the deck a new coat of varnish if the tough weather has made it fade - just ensure that the floor is not slippery when wet.

Heaters

When buyers come to view your property, you don’t want them to spend it thinking about the weather. While you may have considered having the inside of your house heated, particularly if it has that feature, it is probably time to turn up that outdoor heater as well.

Mats at the doors

While it’s common for shoes to be taken off during open homes, it’s worth putting mats at all the doors if you don’t want mud and damp tramped through your home. It can also be a warm and attractive addition – you can buy standard front door mats pretty cheaply, but remember to put them on your back doors as well. You may want to consider providing shoe racks, umbrella racks or similar to avoid the outside water getting into your home.

Clear path

Ensure that the walk to the front door and, where possible, through the garden, is clear and doesn’t require your prospective buyers to stand in puddles or walk through mud. You can use pavers to mark a direction in which to walk, and you can use this in the garden to guide your buyers to the best outside aspect.

Clean the pool

We know it's winter. We know that it's unlikely anyone is going for a dip. But clean your pool and have it sparkling for buyers, regardless of the weather. A green algae-ridden pool is a turn off no matter the weather, so don't tell yourself that it's acceptable.

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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