A well-designed garden can boost your home’s value

A well-designed garden can boost your home’s value

When it comes to adding value to our homes, we often concentrate on the interiors. Kitchens and bathrooms steal most of the attention, and for good reason, but there is just as much to be gained by heading outdoors and building a garden.
 
Not only does a beautiful garden add street appeal to the front of a property – an all-important feature when it comes time to sell – but it can drastically change the overall mood and feel of a home.  Especially when combined with usable and attractive outdoor living spaces, gardens have the ability to increase your property value and add instant buyer appeal.
 
Take a look at the following garden features that will help add value to your home.
 
1. Low maintenance and well-presented – Everybody wants a beautiful garden, but no-one wants to spend hours and hours looking after it (unless they’re avid gardeners, in which case they’ll probably create their own). Choose hardy native plants that will tolerate the weather conditions of your area and talk to your local nursery about which plants suit best. The last thing you want to do is go planting English roses in a hot Australian climate only to have them dry up and die come inspection day.
 
2. Screening plants – These are a terrific way to add extra greenery to your garden and address problems with your property. Not only do screening plants add privacy from neighbours, but they can also block views of roads or unsightly buildings next to your home. Consider teaming screening plants with a water feature to help cover road noise or other unwanted sounds.
 
3. Limited plant species – You don’t want your garden to look too uniform, but you also don’t want to add a huge variety of plants that can make it look messy and unorganised. Choose a few plants and make sure they’re different heights to create a dynamic landscape that is pleasing to the eye.
 
4. Colour – There is nothing like a splash of colour in the garden to help give it a bright and sunny feel regardless of the weather. Flowers and plants with coloured leaves help break up all the green and add appeal to your garden. Again, don’t go overboard and try to stick to a limited palette to keep it looking neat and tidy.
 
5. New turf – A luscious green lawn goes a long way when it comes to adding value to your home. Dry brown lawns can be a real deterrent to potential homebuyers, so consider laying new turf and installing a watering system that will keep your grass looking its best.
 
6. Weed and mulch – It’s important to keep weeds out of your garden as well as your pavers in order to give the impression of a well-presented and lovingly maintained property. You’ll make your job a whole lot easier by adding mulch to your garden beds, which will also keep your plants in top condition too.
 
If you’re lucky, your new garden design will also attract birds and butterflies making it all the more enjoyable as you contemplate the extra value your garden adds to your home.

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