Attacking the garden

We can see the house!

Our trusted team of tree surgeons have been clearing the garden at the buy to sell project that Sam Ferrington and I are doing in Austhorpe, Leeds. Despite this being one of the hottest days in the year, the team have been working really hard and have achieved such a lot in a short space of time. The transformation is unbelievable.

Although Sam and I would love to keep as many of the plants as possible, the garden was completely overgrown and it just wasn’t possible this time. Having worked with landscape gardeners on similar projects before, our experience tells us that the best solution is to take the majority of shrubs out and leave only the nice specimen plants and trees in place.

With any buy to sell project, it is important to know your target market and to design the house around the things that they look for. In our case, we think that this house will appeal to a professional couple with (or thinking about having) children. This means that having a safe garden with space to play for the children and space to entertain for the adults is an absolute must. Accordingly, our garden will have a large patio and the rest will mostly laid to lawn. We’ll also leave boarders around the edge so that the new owner can add their favourite plants.

Clearing the garden also allows us to see what we’ve got as up until now the overgrowth has blocked our view of the house and the garden. The timing of this is just right as we are finalising the refurb specification and we want to ensure that we detail every job possible so that we don’t get any surprises later in the build.

It’s also nice to get positive comments from the neighbours too. I’ve lost track of just how many people have said things like “ooh, we haven’t seen that house for the last 10 years” and “we knew there was a house under all that garden”. Awesome!

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