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Top Garden Tips To Add Value To Your Home

May 11, 2016

The warm weather has finally arrived, so it’s time to dig out the gardening gloves and get out in the garden. If you’re attempting to sell your property during the spring or summer months, a well-kept garden will mean a quicker sale and a higher price for your home.

Here are our top garden tips to add value to your home…

Cut the grass

It's all about first impressions during viewings, so you must make sure that the grass is cut and the garden looks neat and tidy. For a professional finish, use a half-moon edging tool to create defined edges.

Top tip: Always mow in alternative directions to avoid forming ruts, and never use a dull blade. If you are mowing in warm weather, it’s advisable to mow a bit higher to encourage deeper roots. We also recommend leaving clippings on the grass, as they provide a source of fertiliser which will promote a healthy, happy lawn!

3 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms | Foxglove Street, Shepherd's Bush, W12

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Pristine patios

Keep paving and patio areas in pristine condition by regularly removing weeds and power-washing paths and walls.

Top tip: Use an old knife or a paving brush to dig out weeds from the roots. If you’re cleaning your patio with a stiff brush and cleaning solution rather than a power washer, make sure to protect your plants and flowers!

4 bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms | Brussels Road, Battersea, SW11

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Tidy up!

It sounds obvious, but you have to make sure your outside space is kept tidy. Sweep up leaves before viewings, and make sure rusty BBQs or broken plant pots are out of sight!

Top tip: A 50-50 mollasses and water solution is fantastic for removing rust. Soak the rusty barbeque overnight and then in the morning the rust should just wipe off.

1 bedroom, 1 Bathroom | Berrymead Gardens, Acton, W3

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Garden staging

If you want your property to stand out from the competition, exterior styling is just as important as interior styling. Through setting a scene and making the outside space look lived in, the buyer will immediately imagine themselves living there.

Top tip: We recommend setting the garden table with pretty plates and a jug of lemonade, or laying out sports equipment or a swing if you’re trying to sell to a family.

2 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms | Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale, W9

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Flower power

Brighten up your garden with some flowers and plants; it’s a quick and easy way to transform your garden without breaking the bank! We also recommend adding some potted trees to the entrance of your home - it’s a great way of making the house look grand and welcoming.

Top tip: Quick-growing evergreen climbers are great for hiding eyesores or making bare walls look a bit more interesting.

4 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms | Midholm, Hampstead, | NW11

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A fresh lick of paint

Give your garden a face-lift and paint fences and the shed in a light, neutral coloured paint. It will make the space look spacious and neat, and suggest the property has been kept in good condition.

Top tip: The spring or summer months are the best time to do this, as dry weather will allow the paint to set better. We advise you check the weather forecast before starting the job!

4 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms | Bushey Hill Road, Peckham Rye, SE5

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Not feeling green-fingered?

If you thought of mud and elbow grease doesn’t particularly appeal to you, don’t worry - we have a trusty team of handymen who will spruce up your garden for you!

You don't have to be a Portico client to use their services, and best of all, you can drop your keys into your nearest Portico office (we’re open 8.30am - 7pm), so there is no need to wait in for the work to be done!

Get an instant handyman quote, or give us a call on 0207 099 6999 to make a booking.

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