Five Garden Mistakes That Can Devalue Your Property

Most properties are sold during the spring and summer, which means you can make your home look as appealing as possible to potential buyers. However, don't forget that your garden is a huge selling point that should never be overlooked if you want to maximise your chances of making a sale.

There are plenty of ways you can spruce up your garden by removing weeds, trimming hedges, replacing broken fence panels, painting the garden shed, refreshing your planters, and more. But no matter how pretty you make your garden look, there are a few things that will instantly put off a potential buyer who values a good garden.

Here we take a look at five garden-related things that can devalue your property and may instantly put off your house viewers.

1: Invasive plants in the garden

Many homeowners don't like the look of bare fence panels in the garden and will often plant one or two fast-growing, creeping plants to green up their fences. Plants such as Japanese knotweed, Rhododendron Ponitcum, and Green Alkanet are popular choices for rapid fence coverage, but they can be challenging to control.

These invasive plants can quickly choke out other greenery in your garden and overwhelm your garden fences. They are very tricky to get rid of and can cause some structural damage to building foundations if planted too close to a wall, outhouse, or shed.

Professional removal costs for invasive species such as this can easily top £5,000, so it can be an expensive problem to fix for potential new buyers.

2: Jaded garden furniture

We all know from watching so many property TV shows in recent years that staging your home and garden is important because first impressions really do count!

You may not want to invest in brand new, contemporary garden furniture if you are selling your home, but don't forget that you can take your garden furniture with you to your new home. Staging your garden is essential as you want your house viewers to picture themselves living here.

They certainly won't be able to see themselves relaxing in your garden on tatty old garden furniture!

3: Overbearing water features

While the trend over the past few years is to create a focal point in your garden with an eye-catching water feature. However, if you have one that is too big for your garden or costs a lot of money to maintain, it can be an instant turn-off to a buyer.

A permanent water feature such as a koi pond or landscaped rockery waterfall can knock off up to £8,000 off your asking price.

4: Artificial grass

Many families with dogs or young children switch out their lawn for artificial grass because it is a convenient, low-maintenance, and hardwearing choice for a busy family.

However, most potential buyers see artificial grass as a problem that needs removal. Removal costs can add up, mainly when you include the price of preparing the garden for seeding a new lawn.

5: High maintenance planting

Depending on the season, your garden borders and flower beds can be bursting with seasonal plants or be as bare as the surface of the moon. A sparse-looking garden with empty beds and borders looks like a lot of hard work to many potential buyers.

A well-kept garden that includes evergreens, shrubs, and plants that flower during different seasons all year round can look more enticing. It can also look less time-consuming than a garden that needs a lot of maintenance with all or nothing seasonal planting.

Remember that you are selling your house and your garden to prospective buyers, so you need to make sure you present them both as an enticing package.

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