Plotting a quicker sale
Thu 06 Jun 2013
Make sure the garden is looking its best when it comes to selling your home, says Diana Riley
The gardening season began frustratingly late this year - but we seem to be making up for lost time. Suddenly garden centres are a hive of activity as the sun comes out with intentions to stay for the next few days.
As a country, we spend more than 80 billion on our gardens, or 1,790 per plot, according to the DIY chain Homebase. Little wonder, when green space can add thousands to the property
'The garden is often overlooked as a feature that can help secure a sale and a healthy selling price,' says Lawrence Hall, of property site Zoopla. 'when a house has a viewing, sellers go to great lengths to make the inside look tidy, but often neglect the garden. They are missing a trick, especially in more densely populated areas where outside space is in short supply.'
Analysis by agentsMarsh & Parsons found thata sunny plot can raise the price ofa london home by 20 per cent or more.