Is life better on the sunny side of the street?

It’s National Barbecue Week at the end of May and time to grab those garden chairs from the shed, stick a few cooling drinks in the chiller and light up the barbie.

And guess what? Your neighbours are keen on an invitation not just for your good company – it’s because their garden’s in the shade by the time the clock ticks around to barbecue hour.

You’ve chosen well - and your garden will be one of the big selling points when it comes to marketing your house.

The garden is important for both sellers and purchasers and can increase the value of your home.

If you are selling, these tweaks can make all the difference:

  • Tidying the garden: as important as de-cluttering the inside of your home. Put away outdoor toys or tools; throw away broken pots or planters. Store items in the shed or invest in a portable storage box. Make sure there is no washing hanging on the line during viewings! 
  • If you have a south facing garden, make the most of the spot that catches the sun with a chair or bench.
  • Try and create an area that can be used for alfresco dining … to impress those BBQ-loving buyers.
  • Mow the grass and if there are any bare patches, sow some inexpensive grass seed prior to putting your property on the market.
  • Trim overgrown shrubs and hedges, and ensure flowerbeds and paths are weed and mossfree.
  • A few carefully placed pot plants will add instant colour.
  • Lighten things up with some solar powered lights and put out some bird feeders or a bird table. These will give the impression that your garden is used and homely.

If you’re buying, view the property in daylight and be sure to check out the area at other times of the day: a quiet road might be manic during rush hour and a desirable neighbourhood may look different at night.

Does the garden get sunlight at a time of the day that’s good for you?

What kind of property will suit your lifestyle? What location is most desirable and affordable? Do you want a garden? How many bedrooms? Do you want a new or old property?

Be observant and look for any potential problems and unbudgeted-for costs such as broken guttering, cracks in the interior and exterior walls or brown stains on the ceiling that may indicate a leaky roof for example.

And don’t feel uncomfortable looking around: it’s a big investment, so it pays to be a little nosey.

And if you’re still up for that barbie, look out for offers at your local supermarket during the week May 29 to June 4!

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