Phil Spencer: How to make your property more 'appealing' – cheap outdoor improvements

Property expert Phil Spencer recently explained how having a maintained garden can add up to 20 percent to your property price. The expert, who is known for his presenting work on various Channel 4 shows, shared cheap ways homeowners can maintain their garden.

In a YouTube video for Move iQ, Phil explained that having an outdoors space often entices buyers.

He said: “Believe it or not, a well kept garden can add as much as 20 percent to your property’s price, and a decent outdoors space can definitely widen the pool of potential buyers, making your home much more appealing.

“A well-cared-for garden is part of ensuring your home is presented for sale in the best possible light.

Phil explained that making sure sheds are cleared out and broken fences or gates are fixed is essential when looking to sell your home.

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“For many buyers, a beautiful garden filled with plants actually means high maintenance and could be a reason not to buy because they’d have to look after it.”

How can homeowners spruce their gardens up on a budget?

Phil explained: “Plant up tubs or pots, it’s super easy, give them a lick of paint and make sure paths and patios are free from weeds.

“Paint or re-varnish fences and decking and things like that and brighten up the patio or the back garden with hanging baskets and give it a bit of colour to the flower beds with bedding plants, it’s really straightforward to do and you don’t need to spend a lot of money.”

Cutting the grass is also a good step in making the garden look presentable as well as planting new shrubs.

This may be harder to do during the colder months and Phil shared his top tip to making a garden look its best in winter.

He said: “If you’re selling in winter illuminate the garden with solar powered lights and that allows you to show it off even when it’s dark and features that tend to impress buyers are things like a proper brick barbecue or a pizza oven, garden rooms increasingly popular as well as summer rooms, an easy way to add an extra room to your property.

“In most cases as long as the summer house is less than half the size of the garden, planning permission isn’t actually required.”

The expert also shared how modern summer houses are highly flexible, meaning a buyer could use it as an office space, a reading room or even a playroom.

Phil also recently shared how photos are one of the most important steps in making sure buyers are interested, even before coming to view your property.

He explained that decluttering the home before taking photos is essential as well as putting extra furniture in storage to show off how much space you have.

Speaking in a YouTube video for Move iQ, Phil said: “Focus on the most important features of the room such as great views, an open plan area, or an eye-catching feature.”

The expert said that photos should be taken on a bright day to show light and space.

Kirstie and Phil’s Love it or List It continues tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm.

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