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Top tips to add value to your property for selling

The process of selling your home doesn’t just involve putting your home on the market. Before reaching this point, you’ll need to prepare your home for viewings and ultimately sale. Prepping your house for sale is an extensive process that involves making your house look attractive and homely so it will appeal to potential home-buyers.

One of the areas that often gets overlooked when it comes to preparing your home for sale, is the garden. Research has shown that a well-maintained garden can add up to 20% to property value, therefore, it certainly pays to pay attention to your garden when sprucing up your property.

If you’re unsure of how to beautify the outdoor areas of your home, look no further. We’re offering our expert tips to help you neaten up your garden and attract as many buyers as possible.

Mow the lawn

An ill-kept and unruly garden will be a turn-off for any prospective buyers. As a result, it’s best to mow the lawn before you put your home on the market and keep it in good condition whilst it’s up for sale.


As well as mowing the lawn, make sure to trim any bushes and hedges and dispose any wilted or dying plants. Whilst these may seem like minuscule tasks, they can make all the difference to your garden, and the end result will leave it looking as good as new.

Jet wash your stone paving and paths

You may not realise it but stone surfaces can get increasingly worn down over the years, giving them a dull appearance. To bring them back to life and make your garden and paving look more attractive to viewers, give them a thorough jet wash to remove the top layer of dirt and debris.

Hide your bins

There’s not much you can do about the appearance of your bins, however, you can wheel them out of sight when it’s time to sell your house. The sight and possible smell of your rubbish is a sure-fire way to distract any potential buyers from the more positive aspects of your home.


Simply empty them out, make sure there’s no lingering rubbish around them and put them out of sight to make your garden look that little bit more aesthetically pleasing.

Keep things simple

You don’t need to splash out on an expensive horticulturist and countless plants and shrubs to make your garden look beautiful. As with many other aspects of prepping your home for sale, simple is often best, therefore keep any changes to a minimum and make sure your garden looks presentable.


New homeowners will often want to make their own changes to a property and make it their own. In addition to this, an extravagant garden sends signals that it may be difficult to maintain, and this can be off-putting to potential buyers.


Once you’ve followed these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a prim and proper home that’s ready for sale. Ready to make the move? Take a look at homes for sale in Cheshire for some inspiration.

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About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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