Add a little green
| Many homeowners dismiss the idea of trying to improve
their homes because of their perceptions of high costs but there
is one way to bolster its value without taking out a second bond.
A relatively inexpensive way to increase the value of your property is by creating a beautiful garden, says Etrecia van Dyk, provincial manager at MortgageSA.
Could be inviting
Van Dyk points out that the garden is the first thing that a potential buyer will notice when visiting a property and an outdoor space that looks inviting could well be the decisive factor in the sale of a property.
Even if you have no immediate plans to sell your property, its worth setting about creating a garden that will suit your home and your lifestyle. Youll reap the benefit of its pleasures in it for years to come, Van Dyk says.
The beauty of planting up a garden is that everything needs not necessarily to be done at once the garden can be developed bit by bit with new plants being added as and when you can afford it.
Another common misconception that its essential to own a big plot of land in order to create an attractive garden, but you can utilise whatever space is at your disposal, relays Van Dyk.
The tiniest garden or balcony can be turned into peaceful private retreat, even if the space doesnt lend itself to outdoor entertaining.
She adds that space limitations may even inspire new ideas and encourage homeowners to stretch their creativity, for example, by growing bonsai trees or focusing on hydroponics.
Why not gather free advice and gardening tips from nurseries and exhibitors at home improvement shows. And there is also a wealth of information to be found in books and magazines.
Adding that personal touch
In Van Dyks view, tending a garden goes far beyond watering a collection of plants.
It allows for innovation and the personal touch that transforms a house into a home. You can tell a lot about a house by its garden.
Plus, gardening efforts will extend beyond a propertys boundaries and contribute toward the greening of suburbs too.
It might even inspire your neighbours to improve their own gardens,
pushing up all property values in the area. Just avoid the temptation
to put a gnome on your lawn.
Article from: www.iafrica.com