Top Ways to Add Value to Your Garden

Top Ways to Add Value to Your Garden

Spring and summer are a popular time to sell your home, but where do you begin? Most people will spruce up their property by decluttering and cleaning their house, but many people don’t realise how much impact their garden can have. Here are some easy ways to help ensure your garden adds value to your property before you put it on the market.

  1. Get the basics right
    The outside of your home is just as important as the inside when it comes to selling your home. An attractive garden can add value to your home while a poorly kept garden will detract from it. Tidying and doing some basic maintenance on your garden is a great way to start. A well maintained lawn will enhance the appearance of your home and complement the rest of your garden. Check if fences and trellises need repairing, trim shrubs and trees, cut back dead growth and clear away any debris remaining from the winter months.
  2. Brighten it up with colour
    Once your garden is shipshape, you’re ready to start turning it into something potential buyers will love. Potted flowering plants are a simple way to add colour to any size garden. Spring and summer are a great time to show your garden off to its full potential to help maximise your selling price.
  3. Focus on first impressions
    If time or budget are an issue, focus on the areas that buyers will notice first. Don’t underestimate the value of street appeal.
    First impressions really do count, so always start with your front garden and entrance area.
  4. Add a point of difference
    Why not add something that sets your property apart from the rest. A well organised garden shed, delightful play area for the children or lovely seating area in the garden can all go down a treat. Remember some features won’t appeal to all buyers, but if they are well presented and cared for, they will add value for the right buyer.
  5. Freshen it up with paint & stain
    If you’re on a tight budget, nothing freshens your property up like a good coat of paint or stain on fences, decks, sheds and other wood in the garden. Adding value to your home through the garden doesn’t have to break the bank.
  6. Take living outdoors
    If you are going to invest, spend your money on good quality patio, paving or decking. It will enhance the overall appearance of your outdoor space and encourage buyers to visualise themselves entertaining or dining alfresco. Good outdoor lighting also adds ambience and makes the space usable during the warmer evenings.
  7. Style your garden with furniture
    You wouldn’t show a room to a potential buyer without any furniture in it, so why show a garden without a table and chairs? The right furniture will help buyers imagine themselves sitting outside enjoying those sunny summer days ahead.
  8. Make it feel secure
    If the people viewing the house have pets or small children, they will want a garden that is fully secured. Investing in secure fencing, walls or gates, can make your property appeal to a wider range of potential buyers.
  9. Keep it private
    If your home is overlooked by other homes or gardens, you may want to add hedges or trees in key locations to provide privacy. Sails or retractable covers will also provide some privacy and have the added benefit of offering protection from the sun. Make sure they are clean and in good working order.


Building Plans and Consents – Will they add value when you sell?

Building Plans and Consents – Will they add value when you sell?

Many of us have an idea for a potential add-on or major renovation for our home, but we don’t always get around to doing it. So, when it comes time to sell, is it worth getting the plans and/or consent ready to show potential buyers?

Prepping the plans

If you never got around to that extra bedroom, en-suite, double garage or sleep-out, and now it’s time to sell, there could still be benefits to doing some paperwork to help make your property more attractive to buyers.

However, before you do anything, it’s important to think carefully about what these might add to your listing and whether it’s worth the effort. If the project needs building or resource consent, then it will take time and money (time frames and costs vary between councils), and the same goes for any architect plans you might get drawn up.

Weighing up the options

When weighing up the options, it is essential to consider whether the renovation will appeal to a likely buyer. If it’s an extra bedroom or bathroom, and your home will be popular with young families, the answer might be a resounding yes, and the paperwork already being done could be a real bonus for buyers. However, if the plans are for your dream triple garage that will take up most of the yard, it may not appeal to those same buyers looking for outdoor space.

Plans and consent could equally add value if they address a negative feature of the house – for example, the lack of an outdoor deck – by showing buyers that the addition can be done and allowing them to cross that particular ‘black mark’ off their list.

Having these things in place will only appeal to some buyers though, and the time, cost and energy of securing consents and plans may not add anything for the majority of people who don’t wish to do the work, want to come up with their own ideas, or are happy with the property as is.

Doing the work

If the renovation or add-on is really going to add value by making the property more attractive, remedying a very negative feature, or adding a potential income stream, then it could be a better idea to simply forge ahead with the work before you put the house on the market, and potentially reap the rewards in your sale price.

However, it’s important to discuss such plans beforehand with a reputable real estate agent who can advise on whether it will pay off in the long run, and crucial that you keep the build costs within set limits to ensure you make the best possible profit.