National Gardening Week: The Power of Plants When Selling a Home

In celebration of National Gardening Week last week, we have decided to share a few tips with you for your gardens if you are selling your property.

When putting your homes on the market, it is important to keep a well-maintained garden, as this can add up to 20% to the property value! A study conducted by the Home Retail Group in 2013 quoted that, ‘two fifths of Britons refuse to choose or consider a home unless it has a sufficient garden. In fact, one in seven homeowners claim their garden has added more value to their home than they had ever invested’, so it’s definitely worth putting effort into your outdoor space!


Viewings after dusk

It seems a bit of shame having a house viewing when daylight is at a minimum if you have a lovely garden. A way to tackle this is outdoor lightning, whether these be fairy lights, flood lights, or lights in the ground. Outdoor lighting can really highlight the colours in a garden. When placed under a tree, uplighters can have a striking affect, and add a new dynamic to an outdoor space. Lighting prices can vary, but solar lightning is the cheapest option, and can be the prettiest too.

Shedding light on extra space

House hunters are often looking for ways to make the most of the space on offer, sheds can provide a great opportunity for this. A shed can declutter the garden by proving a home to garden tools, therefore making your outdoor space look bigger. Also, sheds be seen as an extra indoor living area, which could for example, be converted into an office. There are many sheds available out there, but B&Q is a great place to start:

Brightening things up

If you are selling your home, now is the perfect time to get planting. Mid spring is the time to be planting Roses, giving them enough time to flower for summer, which will add some extra colour and class to your garden. It is also the time to start planting lavender. This is best situated next to a seating area outside, so people can enjoy their aromatic fragrance. The plant gives off a stronger smell in the evening, ideal for luring those after dark property viewers in! Lavender and roses should be available to buy in all garden centres, so check out your local center!


Want to make your mark in your new home?

If you’ve just moved into your new home and want to make your mark, why not plant a tree? You will be able to watch it grow throughout the years you spend in your brand-new abode. Trees can provide nuts or fruit, attract wildlife, and often become more beautiful with each new generation. For a guide on how to plant a tree, check out this link!


Whether you are selling your property or have just moved into a new home, we hope these tips encourage you to make the most of your garden. We would love to see some photos of what you have done with your outdoor space, so please send them to us on Facebook and Twitter!