September 22, 2020

How Your Garden Can Add Value to Your Toowoomba Property

With flowers blossoming and green shoots sprouting, gardens are at their best in spring.

It’s an especially beautiful time of year here in the Garden City of Toowoomba, crowned by our glorious Carnival of Flowers in September. With gardens in full bloom, it’s no coincidence that it’s also a popular time to buy and sell property. Find out how your garden can help you to get the best price for your house.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

They don’t call us the Garden City for nothing. Toowoomba is nationally renowned for its annual Carnival of Flowers, which sees the city’s parks and gardens planted with thousands of blooms. It was established 71 years ago to stimulate the local economy after the Second World War, and in 2020 it will once again be a beacon of community spirit and hope in what has been a difficult year for everyone.

As one of the first major events staged in Queensland since the coronavirus pandemic, the festival will have COVID-19 safe plans in place. Opening on the 18th September and running until the 27th, it will be headlined by the perennially popular floral displays in Toowoomba’s parks and public spaces, with 170,000 flowers planted and ready to bloom. Some of the events, such as the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, will be rested this year, and some, like the traditional street parade, will look a little different, replaced by a virtual parade. 2020 will also see the debut of some new festival highlights, such as a region-wide food trail called #trEATS.

How your garden can help to sell your house

Australians like to spend time outdoors and people are increasingly using gardens and outdoor areas as an additional living space, like an extension of the house.

Here in Toowoomba, our warm and temperate climate is well-suited to outdoor living. We’re blessed with pure mountain air and fertile volcanic soil, giving us the bountiful and beautiful gardens we’re so well known for.

It stands to reason that buyers are attracted to appealing gardens, and a good-looking garden makes a strong first impression. A well-designed and landscaped garden is a great lifestyle attribute and for some buyers, it can seal the deal.

A Michigan University study found that a well-designed garden can add between 5 and 11% to the value of a home. Meanwhile Clemson University research found that improving your garden from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ could lift the price of your property by as much as 6 or 7%.

If you’re planning to live in the property for some time before you sell, investing in landscaping can enhance your own lifestyle as well as increasing resale value down the track. Ideally, you want your garden to make your home more comfortable for you to live in, as well as being more appealing to buyers in the future. In fact, undertaking landscaping work well in advance of selling can be a wise move. Established, mature gardens are often perceived as more attractive and desirable.

Well-designed gardens can not only increase the resale value of your house but can reduce living costs too. Sheltering hedges and leafy trees and shrubs planted near windows that receive a lot of direct sunlight can reduce the need for heating and cooling your home.

Quick tips to add value

You don’t need to undertake a complete garden makeover to reap the benefits when it comes time to sell. Carrying out these jobs in the weeks leading up to showing and selling your property can make all the difference.

  • Make sure the plants and lawns are watered and looking green.
  • Keep plants pruned and tidy.
  • Weed the garden beds, then add feed and mulch.
  • Pull out and replace any plants that aren’t thriving.
  • Clear away dead leaves.
  • Mow the lawns and tidy up the edges.
  • Waterblast paved areas.

What about rental properties?

An attractive garden is not only an asset when you’re selling your property, it can help entice new tenants too. Low maintenance gardens are best for rental properties.

  • Plant native perennials and hedges. Natives are hardy, require little maintenance and look great year-round. Try the Crows Nest Community Nursery for native plants. Hedges are great for privacy screening and help make gardens look bigger. They’re hardy enough to withstand neglectful tenants and only require trimming a few times a year.
  • Think about edging. Hard edging like bricks, timber or edging pavers looks neat and eliminates the need for upkeep with a whipper snipper.
  • Mulch garden beds. It helps retain water, reduces weed growth and looks tidy. It only needs to be topped up a few times a year.
  • Consider hardscaping. Patios, decks and paved areas can all add to the liveability of a garden, simultaneously adding to the property’s appeal whilst reducing the need for maintenance.

Ideas for keeping rented gardens in top condition

  • Consider adding a clause to the lease that requires tenants to preserve the condition of the garden. Your property manager can give you advice here.
  • Hiring a professional gardener to maintain the yard can give you peace of mind.
  • At the start of a new tenancy, include photos of the garden in the entry condition report.

If you need help buying or selling in Toowoomba or managing your investment property, contact us today.

Article by Gary Klein

For over 35 years, Gary has been involved in the profession of selling. He held a senior position in a large local business in town and was in fact the company trainer, inductor and troubleshooter. From his experiences, he understands people very … View profile

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