Strawberries and Cream
With shouts of hurrah, hooray and not out - we can all safely say that we are enjoying British summer time.
So as the hours roll by on blissful afternoons, what can add desirability to your home?
Here are a few things that are really important to create impact and impression without splashing the cash.
Weed & Stock Borders: - While this seemingly mundane and boring job is seen by many as an unnecessary evil, time spent in the boarders gives you different prospectives of your garden and allows you time to think. Splashing colour will attract insects and pollinators, also giving off beautiful scents (species dependant); alongside more hardy perennials/grasses that sound wonderful in the breeze and give amazing texture. Yet don't forget to add the odd shrub - fashion at the moment, is fruiting shrubs that give you something back in terms of berries/soft fruit or even apples.
Edge, weed & feed the lawn: - Now there is no need to be nasty, I can imagine what you are all thinking, but lets take this into context; twice a week in the summer and once week in the spring & autumn, with a sporadic haircut in the winter if hot, we all follow our mowers around and look back after, noting with pride ‘it always looks better cut’. With this statement in mind, why stop there, lets really look after this green space that is ‘ours’ grab some cut/feed/weed mix and following the instructions, apply it to the lawn, buy a pair of edging shears or if you're a dab hand with the strimmer, use that and make the edges look as good as the rest, so not only you will say, ‘that looks better’ your friends & family will too.
Clean & paint front windows & doors: - Ok, you've stopped reading and are thinking this writer is off their trolly, but think, how many really lovely houses, buildings or even industrial sites, have grotty entrances, not many; It’s not to say that you have a hideous property entrance, it merely means you really care about what others think too. So strip back the old and wash back the grime, paint (make sure you look into any conservation issues if there are any) & fill where you need to. If you have brassware, grab some ‘Brasso’ or equivalent, and really make the entrance of your home be somewhere that you would invite anyone to come and see.
Create a veg patch/plot: - Finally, if there are any readers left out there, this is something for all, a veg plot/patch or even building a raised bed from some sleepers is something that everyone can get involved with and once the veg grows it can be enjoyed by all. It also makes a great excuse to cook your home grown produce and share stories about gardening. But make sure you ask the neighbours in to water if you're away!
Much as it would appear that your lives beyond your home have been forgotten, the above jobs can all be tucked neatly onto time spent outside and will show to prospective buyers/tenants that you really appreciate what the property offers you and will of course offer them, most importantly it will give you an instant grounding for talking on a level that you all enjoy and understand.