The value of landscaping

At one time or another we all want to add improvements to our home. Whether it’s a major renovation or a simple makeover, sometimes it’s the little things that can add value. Making some changes to the outdoor spaces of your home can help you maximise your sale price when you’re ready to sell.

Here are some simple tips to get the best out of your outdoor spaces.

First impressions count

The exterior of your house if the first impression people get of the property. Keeping the facade of your home clean and well maintained is important, but there are other things to consider too such as the pathway leading to the front door, any fences that border your property and front decks or patios.

If you have flaking paint or rotting wood, a path overgrown with weeds or covered in mildew, your property will automatically seem dated and run down no matter how nice it is inside. For prospective buyers, the first impression of a home could make or break their decision to buy. The good news is that there are easy and cost effective ways to keep your entrance looking good.

Wash things off with water regularly. For pavers you can use a high pressure hose and for the facade of the house and any decking, use softer pressure and a broom.

Any outdoor timber should be oiled to protect it against the weather. Re-oiling once a year helps build up long-lasting protection

If you’ve got flaking paint, sand it back and touch it up. Think about adding multiple thin coats rather than one or two heavy ones.

Go green

Not matter how big or small your garden is, adding some plants or hedges not only looks great, it can add a layer of privacy to the property, which in turn can add value.

There are many different types of plants that can be used for hedging or screening. Depending on what you’re looking for, some can be trimmed to give the manicured look, while others can grow naturally.

Think about areas that are exposed: boundaries without fences, or if you’re on a busy road, perhaps the front of your house needs more privacy.

Speaking to your local nursery can give you an idea of the types of plants that would suit your property.

Don’t forget the back yard

It’s not just the front of the house you need to keep clean and tidy, well maintained paved areas and decks out the back are important too. If you’ve got pavers, over time they can crack or become uneven. If you start to see one of two pavers that are looking dated, consider replacing them as they need it. Not only will it keep your pathways looking neat and tidy, it can also be more cost effective than having to replace the whole path at once.

All your decks and verandahs need regular cleaning and oiling (if you’ve got timber) to protect against the elements. If you have pot plants on the deck move them around regularly. Leaves and moisture can get trapped under pots which means the sun and air can't get underneath to dry out. This can lead to that part of your deck to age more quickly than other areas.