When it comes to getting your house priced, attention generally tends to flock to improving the property’s interior. This is understandable, after all, it’s where people will be residing the most. However, what good is a beautiful home if it’s overshadowed by a dreary garden?
Show the potential of buzzing garden parties or a chilled-out, floral haven to stay ahead of your competition.
If your outdoor space is feeling slightly neglected, here are a few of BC Profile’s nifty ways to ensure that your garden gives a great first (and lasting) impression.
Does landscape gardening increase property value?
To put it simply, yes! Having a desirable garden space as part of your sales package certainly helps to sell your house to potential home seekers, meaning it’s worth investing the time and money into.
When offered little visual stimuli it can be hard to envision the potential of a space. Atop of this, most buyers would be grateful to be presented with a space they can move straight into with little maintenance on their part – at least at first.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to splash on the fanciest gadgets, furniture or whisk up some showstopping topiary. Instead, giving your garden some TLC in the areas that tend to show the most wear and tear is something even the most novice of gardeners can do to inject a quick and easy, new lease of life into their patch of land.
How do you protect outdoor wood furniture?
From decking to fencing and sheds – wooden features and structures are commonplace in the garden or yard as the natural textures feel right at home nestled amongst the greenery. However, it can, unfortunately, succumb to sufficient weather damage, rot and pesky woodworm infestation if not cared for and maintained properly.
To protect exterior wood it is advisable to use a wood preservative or wood treatment.
What’s the difference between preserving and treating wood?
A wood preserver is essentially an undercoat that is applied upon freshly sawn or sanded wood to stabilise the moisture content, protecting it from rot and decay thereafter.
It is advisable to sand down the wood beforehand if you are planning to apply a preserver on wood that is already coated in paint or varnish – this way the preserver can directly permeate and protect the wood.
Wood preservatives come in clear and pigmented variations, both darkening and enhancing the natural grain and texture of the wood rather than masking it as a paint solution would.
Wood treatments, on the other hand, aren’t always applied to fresh wood. They can be brushed or sprayed over existing protective coatings, and are often thought of as a decorative measure. They can’t necessarily ‘preserve’ the timber, but they can add protection by contributing water repellant waxes, surface or film biocides and UV filters.
Browse our full selection of wood treatments from several leading manufacturers such as Bond It, Everbuild and SikaGard.
How to treat woodworm
Woodworm is a pretty common occurrence, so don’t panic if you catch a glimpse of small rounded holes in your woodwork! However, it does need to be treated quickly to stop it from spreading beyond control.
Here at BC Profiles, we provide a formulation that consists of both fungicide and insecticide to prevent and eradicate wood-boring insects like woodworm and termites and fungal decay.
If you’re wanting to cover all bases we’d recommend looking into our dry rot and woodworm killer products, perhaps look to a Cromar wood preserver for a 3 in 1 solution to combat wood-destroying fungi, wood discolouration and wood insects.
Repointing a patio
The task of repointing a patio simply refers to filling in any cracked grouting on your paving slabs.
Cracks in your patio might be minute, but when weeds start to force themselves through the gaps they can be hard to ignore and an annoyance to keep on top of. Pointing a patio will take care of this.
- Locate any old, failed mortar and cut it out with a patio knife or hooked implement, depending on the condition of the grout it may come out with ease but more resistant grouting may need to be chiselled out.
- Free the joint of all loose, discarded mortar and sweep and wash the de-jointed paving to make way for the new mortar to bond.
We’ve got our own BC Profiles Patio Pointing Guide on hand to show you exactly how the jointing process works from there.
If you’re curious about what the best mortar mix for pointing a patio is, you might be pleased to discover that it’s down to personal preference! Choose your mortar in line with the paving slabs that you have and the desired finish you’d like to achieve.
Browse our collection of jointing compounds for all of our patio grouting compound options. A patio seal such as this Everbuild patio sealant provides a coating to protect patios, paths, natural stone and concrete from UV, water, oil and fungal growth.
Repointing the cracks may only be a subtle, small scale change but it makes all the difference when you step back and see the patio in completion.
On the topic of patio maintenance, drainage channels are surprisingly vital components in the garden as they prevent standing water gathering.
Standing water can cause trouble if it seeps into the property. It can also result in a boggy, waterlogged garden which isn’t typically high up on a home seekers’ checklist.
An ACO channel drain is the ideal choice for assisting concrete patio drainage. An ACO HexDrain is particularly good for guiding water away from problematic areas on patios and domestic properties.
Having a simple channel drain installed in your garden shows that you care about the practicality of and security of the home as well as its aesthetics – a sign of a reliable and trustworthy homeowner and well-kept property.
For additional garden drainage concerns, why not turn to our How to Improve Garden Drainage guide to find the answer to all related queries.
All in all, these three steps are relatively simple but can make a huge difference to the appearance and utility of your garden or outdoor space – enough difference to boost your property value by up to 20% if you’re lucky!
We reckon it’s worth a shot, you can thank us later. Until then, be sure to dig through our help and advice guides for more tips and tricks to get your house looking its best.