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3 Simple And Quick Ways To Give Your Garden A Pre-Sale Spruce Up

Selling your house can be a stressful time, even if you're excited about moving on to your next home. Like most homeowners, you want to minimise the amount of time your home spends on the market and maximise the sales price you receive. This process generally involves getting your home clean, organised and clutter free to impress and encourage potential buyers.

Gardens are an important part of the Australian lifestyle, but as a feature of the home, they're sometimes neglected during the pre-sale spruce up. However, the garden can make a strong impression on buyers, even more so if it's looking tired, neglected and unappealing. Here are three simple and quick ways that you can give your garden a mini-makeover in anticipation of placing your home on the market.

1. Have the trees trimmed

Trimming the trees in your garden before you sell your home is essentially the same as getting a neat hair trim before a first date. It won't alter the appearance dramatically but it will give it a fresh, well-groomed and more attractive overall look.

For the best results, use professional tree services to trim your trees. It's not only safer, but it will also guarantee that the trees stay healthy and that they're not left looking over-pruned, choppy or peculiar.

2. Pressure clean hard surfaces

Over time, hard surfaces such as concrete, paving and brickwork can develop built up grime that makes them less appealing. As a homeowner, this might not be so obvious to you because you look at these surfaces every day. To a prospective buyer, grimy outdoor surfaces will stand out like a sore thumb.

The good news is that spending a few hours with a hired pressure cleaner will effectively remove even years worth of grime and have your garden looking brighter and cleaner. It's best to avoid using a pressure cleaner on timber or painted features because it can strip the surface away, making it look worse than it did to begin with.

3. Add mulch to garden beds

Mulch is perfect for giving your garden beds a pre-sale makeover that's fast, effective and affordable. It will hide all manner of sins, including weeds, bare patches and dusty soil. Mulch also adds a splash of fresh, natural colour to your garden and creates a unified look that links different areas.

You can have mulch delivered to your home and it generally comes in units of cubic metres. Different areas will have different varieties, but you'll generally be able to get wood chips or tree bark for an affordable price in most regions.

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