Outdoor living is the great Australian past-time, so it makes sense that most Aussies value a well-presented outdoor space when buying a home. In fact, making sure your property has plenty of curb appeal when it goes to market can help increase its sale price, so it’s a good idea to think outside the box (or house, in this case) if you want to secure the highest price tag.
Gearing up to sell or just want to give your garden a makeover? Here are our top easy landscaping ideas for backyards and gardens to give your home a good dose of curb appeal.
1. Keep your lawn looking lush
There are certain words you don’t want associated with your garden lawn, namely “parched”, “brown”, “crispy” or just plain “dead”. Sadly they’re pretty common during the hot months, as the sun beats down and cooks your grass where it lies. But there is a way to avoid it, and proper lawn maintenance is a must. Give your lawn a good feeding by fertilising it in early spring, early summer (before it gets too hot) and mid to late autumn, and then both mow and water it regularly throughout the summer months to ensure it stays looking its best year-round.
2. Set up a shady sanctuary
Whether it’s a deck chair beneath the eucalyptus tree or an outdoor dining set under a well-placed wisteria, an outdoor entertaining area is worth its weight in gold when it comes to curb appeal. Having a deck or patio is ideal, but if that’s not feasible, pick an area that offers shade and quiet where you (or your buyer) can enjoy the outdoors in a private sanctuary.
3. Update your front door
It’s one of the first things visitors, passers-by and prospective buyers will see, so you want your front door to stand out. If you have the budget, considering replacing an ageing front door entirely – with so many designs, colours, and finishes to choose from, finding one that complements your house should be a breeze. If you don’t need or want a full replacement, a new coat of paint on your door can help make an eye-catching first impression.
4. Upgrade your outdoor lighting
Nothing beats a balmy summer’s evening in the backyard, whether you’re entertaining friends or kicking back with a book and a glass of wine. It does help to be able to see what you’re doing though, so lighting can’t be neglected. String up some fairy lights, install solar-powered garden lamps, or make your own lamps out of tea lights and mason jars. Permanent LED lighting is also great for curb appeal thanks to its energy efficiency and low cost.
5. Clean out your gutters
While it may not be ‘landscaping’ per se, the condition of your home’s gutters is likely to be an important consideration for potential buyers, as clogged gutters can cause flooding and rot fascia boards, making it easier for water to enter the house and cause wall and ceiling damage. Do an inspection (safely) to make sure yours are clean and free of debris, and if not, get in touch with a roofing expert with the right tools to do a thorough clean-out.
6. Get planting ahead of time
If you know you’ll be selling your home in say, three or six months, it’s a good idea to think about how you want your garden to look when it goes to market. First and foremost, you should make sure that any new plants you buy will be blooming or looking healthy and lush at the right time of year. Choosing a colour scheme helps create a cohesive look, and aim for a mix of short, medium and tall plants for visual interest. Privacy is also important to most potential buyers, so consider using tall shrubs, wide trees and fence-crawling vines where appropriate.
7. Create a path to the front door
Having a defined path out the front looks neat and inviting, and it doesn’t have to be costly. Your path could be a line of shrubs, a hedge or a border of flowers along pavers or brick. You can also use river stones or pebbles spread over a weed barrier cloth as a cheaper alternative to paving or concrete. Most importantly, the style of path you choose should complement the architecture of your home and welcome visitors towards the front door.