We all know that moving house is rated as one of the most stressful
experiences, but hopefully it is a lot more fun than other worrisome events
such as the loss of a job or divorce. Like so many tasks, the art lies in good
preparation. Use these beautiful spring months to maximize your selling
potential during spring or to prepare for the post summer holiday high, writes
Caroline Knight and Karin Hawkes.
The air is full of promise and your front garden can direct
viewers to your door like a welcome smile.
Of course, you’ll find that time is short as there is so much to
do. So spare a moment from your busy schedule to visit your local nursery or
garden centre to buy some colourful, instant bedding in order to entice your
prospective purchaser. But do make sure that all risk of frost has passed
before planting outside.
Here are 10 seasonal tips which will brighten up the picture
that your property presents to visitors:
Remove spent bulbs from tubs and
planters. They can be stored ready to take to your new property, or planted in
a space within the garden.
Replace them with colour and, if
possible, scent. Place containers by entrances and exits to give a welcoming
Plant Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle) for
its fresh green foliage and tiny yellow-green flowers, between anemones,
pansies, tulips and later flowering Daffodils.
Plant Petunias and Lobelia in part
shade or sun – they will bloom all summer long.
Bring the garden into the house and
echo the same colours, using cut flowers on windowsills that can be seen from
Keep on top of the weeds and consider
applying a mulch to save you some much-needed time.
Mow your lawn regularly, gradually
moving the blades downwards towards a lower setting.
Even more importantly, trim the edges
to give a crisp appearance and to emphasise the shape.
Check your seats and benches. Your
prospective buyer would like to envisage sitting comfortably in your garden. If
that pigeon has left a mess you might need to get out the scrubbing brush or
even give your furniture a lick of paint.
Remember, you wouldn’t attend a job
interview without looking in the mirror. So make sure your house is appealing
from the street. Drive past your house and check what buyers will see from