When trying to spruce up a property, homeowners should be sure to concentrate on their gardens, as well as the interiors.
This DIY advice comes from the Times, which pointed out the benefits of improving a property’s patch when the time comes to sell.
A garden adds ten per cent to the value of a home, according to the publication, meaning the state of the backyard can have an effect on whether or not the house appeals to potential buyers.
Ed Mead, of Douglas and Gordon, an estate agent in London, relayed how he showed house hunters round two properties recently. One had a "perfect garden", which was clean and neat, with some well-maintained flowers.
The other was overgrown and untidy. The buyer was put off and was not interested in the latter.
Mr Mead remarked: "The state of a garden can mean the difference between selling or not."
This echoes the publication’s assertions earlier this month, when it claimed making the backyard a priority in DIY efforts could boost buyer interest considerably.
It recommended re-laying the lawn, making the most of space and planting new seeds.
Written by Jenny Summer