Landscaping and Garden Makeover Tips For Selling Your Property

Andrew Little

October 27, 2021

Garden Makeover

How to increase the value of your property with low cost landscaping

When it comes to selling your house you’re always balancing your budget! Chances are you want to make some improvements to get the best sale price for your home, without losing sight of the return on your investment.

The biggest challenge for home owners when doing a pre sale garden makeover is knowing where to spend those precious dollars:

  • Do you focus on the front yard?
  • What about those ugly corners?
  • What plants give you the best bang for your buck?
  • And how can you uplevel your garden from ordinary to extraordinary?

Often landscaping is the last thing you think about, but it can be the greatest return on investment. You can make a big impact with a relatively small budget, and create a wow factor that really improves first impressions with these 4 simple tips.

4 Landscaping Tips to Make Over your Garden

Tip #1 – Landscape to attract the right buyer 

Where does your property sit in the market? Positioning your landscaping for different markets means fine tuning your efforts to suit the buyer’s needs. First decide which market your property falls into, is it a…

  1. Budget Friendly Home?
  1. A Classic Family Home?
  1. A Luxury Forever Home?

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Budget Friendly Homes

When deciding if your home appeals to a budget friendly market consider the priorities your buyers have and landscape to appeal to those needs. Factors such as low cost finishes, simple designs and affordable ongoing maintenance will be important to your market.

Classic Family Homes

If you are designing your garden makeover to appeal to families, then your landscape design needs to be focused around 2 main ideas:

  • Space and safety for kids to have fun and play
  • Simplicity and low maintenance to appeal to busy working parents

If these 2 ideas are kept in mind throughout the planning phase of the makeover then you will be sure to create an attractive landscape for you prospective buyers.

Luxury Homes

High end luxury homes will need to have a beautiful landscape to compliment the look and the features of the home.  That all important front entrance will be inviting and showstopping, whilst the backyard will be an area to celebrate and socialise in style. To ensure a premium finish, a luxury home will need to include high end design, creative planting and multi-function landscape design.

Want more tips on landscaping to attract the right buyer/ Then read our blog on Landscaping For Your Market Price .

Tip #2 – Create an Stunning First Impression

The front yard and walkway to your home should build anticipation for what’s to come. There are many factors that go into creating a spectacular first impression, but here’s the winning line-up…

  1. Lush Lawns– Your lawn is a winning feature when it comes to first impressions, so start mowing regularly to promote health and give weeds less chance to take over.  Reseed any patchy areas and begin weed control spray early.
  2. Perfect Paths– Use paths to add structure and flow to your garden. Ensure the front pathway has been  pressure sprayed to leave a clean finish.
  3. Beautiful beds – Replace any dead plants, neatly prune healthy plants and mulch garden beds to give a fresh finish.
  4. Pretty Pots – Use pots strategically to uplift your front yard by adding colour, design and symmetry.
  5. Clean Lines –  when it comes to edging the key is to be consistent and choose one type of edging throughout the garden. Avoid having one section in timber, another in steel and another in brick.

Luxury Garden

Feeling inspired to make a fantastic first impression? Then read our blog on

Garden Makeovers to Create The Best Landscaping First Impressions.

Tip #3 – Forgotten corners

When it comes to a garden makeover  there are 5 forgotten corners that sellers often forget:

  • Side of house walkways – Clean up this area using decorative toppings or gravel.
  • Tired old fences –  Applying some fresh paint can often achieve a brand new look.  Creepers Creepers can be a good planting choice to cover a shabby old fence.   Install a metal rope trellis and let your plants do the painting 😉
  • Messy Back Corner – Utilise this space and construct a garden shed.  Whether your looking for functionality or a bit of design flare, there are many different options available to suit your needs.
  • Unsightly Exposed Services – Construct screening to hide your services or use plantings.  Creepers can do the job if they are close to a wall or a few well place shrubs able to grow into the size required to screen your services.
  • Bland and Sparse Courtyards – Use pots to add interest and creativity to your garden.  Think carefully about the size of your pots and place them in corners or clumped together in a well balanced series of 3 different sized pots.

Let’s make sure you don’t forget any corners that will become a nasty surprise on home open weekend, take a look at our 5 Landscaping Secrets To Rejuvenate The Forgotten Corners In Your Garden.

Tip #4 Add the Finishing Touches

As a homeowner it’s easy to miss little things that make a big impact on first impressions. These one percenters’ are the wins that can be the difference between ít’s nice but…’ to ‘I’m making an offer!’

Tick all of the boxes in every area with small finishing touches that are easy to implement but so easily forgotten by other sellers.

Garden Art

  1. Lighting – Garden lighting can create elegant night photos for the sales and marketing campaign
  2. Annual Flowers – Don’t be shy here, buy several trays and add some splashes of vibrant colour to your garden
  3. Outdoor Furniture – Make your property into an inviting space, ready to be enjoyed with family and friends, don’t be afraid to go all in and style the table for entertaining
  4. Clotheslines – Think functionality and install these against a wall in a convenient area, ideally out of sight.
  5. Bins – When it comes to your bins, rule number one is to hide them! It’s also crucial to think about functionality and place them somewhere that has a simple route towards the street.

If you want more tips to finish off your garden makeover,  Then read our blog on Landscapers winning touches for a pre sale garden makeover.

We provide a full landscaping service, quoted according to your needs and budget. If you want some help, then get in touch here or give us a call on 9013 6588.