With Spring well and truly upon us, most people who plan to sell their homes are spending time in the sun getting their gardens in order get a good price for the property. You will want to add as much value as you can and landscaping is one way of doing just that, especially with all the colour, growth and greenery that Spring has to offer. Landscaping boosts kerb appeal and that’s a vital place to grab attention.

Even if you plan to sell in Autumn, now is the time to start landscaping improvements while you can take advantage of the weather. You can employ a creative professional landscaper or do it yourself. If you have a landscaper on the job these tips might help you to pass on some ideas. If you’re attempting it yourself then follow these tips to help make your outdoor spaces look fabulous.

Some Landscaping Tips in a Nutshell:

  • Nurture, mow and define the edges of your lawns

  • Use plants to solve problems

  • Plant gardens to fix shortfalls such as nosy neighbours or busy roads

  • Weed and mulch

  • Lay down some new lawn or patch

  • Add some form and colour

  • Conservatively prune

1. Make Sure You Nurture Your lawn

Keeping your lawn well cared for will increase the value of your property. Many prospective buyers will want to throw off their shoes and walk barefoot on your healthy, lush, grass and you can achieve a beautiful lawn by doing more than simply mowing regularly. Mind you, mowing regularly is needed. But aerate the soil and fertilise, water regularly as well and if necessary either lay down a full new lawn or patch up any unsightly brown areas. Install edging for a really tidy look.

2. Have a Purpose in Mind When Landscaping

Before you dive into a project that will change the look of your home, step back and draw up a plan. Take a walk around your yard and try to see it from another person’s perspective. Consider what its greatest assets and weaknesses are before you take action. Decide on the overall concept for your landscaping design (or discuss it with your professional landscaper) to keep things uniform, instead of cherry-picking your favourite textures and colours. If your project is part of a larger home improvement, do some research and use the kind of materials that a modern home buyer will be looking for.

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3. Weed the Garden and Mulch It

A garden can add value to your property and add kerb appeal, so keep things controlled and add mulch to weeded flower beds to curb the growth of the weeds. The mulch is a cost-effective way to a beautiful, streamlined look that will be an attractive contrast with your lawn.

4. Add a Pop of Colour

To bring some style to what might be a plain landscaped area, go bold and add some colour. Revive the front door with a new coat of paint to add some charm and make potential buyers sit up and take notice. Try red! A stunning red door can add a sense of balance to any bland front yard. The deeper blues put some life back into brick, and for a calming effect sage is trending now and blends in with nature. These easy, cost-effective improvements can transform your front entrance into an enticing place that grabs instant attention.

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5. Seasonal Balance in the Garden

Plants go through some rather complex seasonal transitions and every species grows at its own pace so you should work with nature to keep your garden looking good all year. Select the species that grow in each season and to maintain a garden that always looks alive, place the different seasonal plants together. For instance, jonquils and daffodils flower once a year in Springtime, so put them in with some that bloom later - try Marigolds, Cosmos and Asters. Do the same with your vegetable garden.

6. Retaining Wall and Features

There’s a lot more to landscaping than plants. Adding a man-made structure such as a retaining wall or pergola to add some balance and interest. Sometimes you need to add a man-made structure to make a major change. If you have some savings or can estimate your borrowing capacity, then think about a small bank loan, which would pay for a professional to build a patio, retaining wall or terrace. Investing in such a well-built feature or resealing your cracked driveway can transform your landscape and add value. While it does cost more for a professional to do the work, the expertise shows in the overall sophistication and style of your property.

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7. One thing to Be Aware of...

Find a landscaping professional who is aware of the importance of the relationship between the yard and your home’s foundations. There could be foundation problems that can’t be seen but should be solved before any major landscaping work is done. So, have a professional carry out an inspection before you dive into your landscaping makeover.


Author’s bio

Alex Morrison has been a SEO Expert in Melbourne for over 10 years. In this time he has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in-depth understanding of many different industries including home improvement, financial support and health care. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.


If you want your home to sell fast in Toowoomba's current property market, it needs to stand out from the crowd! Fortunately, a few touches to your home can go a long way in making a large and lasting impact on buyers! If you're thinking of getting your home prepped for sale this Spring, here are a few 2018 spring/summer styling trends to guide you on your way!

Cabinetry with character!

This year, we've noticed kitchens are already starting to move away from the all-white finish! Cabinetry has personality and character, providing a bold statement to the heart of the home. Colourful kitchen cabinets is the simplest way to make your home impactful and memorable! But you don't have to go too bright with the colour selection. Neutral colors are big favorites in the kitchen, with tones like grey, soft and emerald greens, black and navy giving the kitchen a high-end allure many buyer desire. Stone benchtops are still proving very popular, however trends indicate that 40 or 60mm thick stone bench tops are slowly going out of fashion, with thin benchtops taking its place. Another popular choice is the all-black kitchen, which offers a modern and elegant look. Black is the new neutral in 2018!

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Heading to the Dark Side

Whilst the Scandinavian trend has proven popular over the last few years, furniture is now moving towards darker and richer wood tones, offering a new take on modern luxury. There has been a massive shift from the bleached and whitewashed woods to a more darker tone; creating a warm, glamorous and comfortable feel to every room. Dark wood will also be present on floors and walls, so don't wait any longer to get on top of this trend!

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Embracing Art!

It's often said that art can make or break your decor. Large wall art can have a dramatic effect on the feel of your home, and it's a risk that is certainly worth considering for your home. A striking wall art looks spectacular in many spaces of a home, and adds a focal piece that etches in people's minds for many years to come. Wall art is the one piece that doesn't get lost among the furnishings and other decor items. Better yet, if you're having trouble trying to tie your chosen colours together, a wall print can become your immediate solution. In fact, scientists have claimed that not only is looking at art immensely pleasurable, but it mirrors the act of falling in love. Now that sounds like a great way to make a buyer fall in love with your property!

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Open with a Bang

The front door is one of the first things buyers will notice about your home. First impressions have a lasting impact on buyers, which is why statement doors are so important. Adding a new or fresh coat of paint, new hardware or a welcoming door mat, will make the entrance appear far more warm and inviting. When it comes to the colour selection, bright or bold colours will make an impact and get your home noticed as people pass by. Black is also a very popular choice for exterior doors. But it doesn't have to stop there! Painting interior doors can also add character and charm to any room.

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Sky's the Limit

In 2018, colour isn't only limited to the walls, doors and floors. A new way to transform a room this Spring is to paint or decorate the ceiling, making it the standout feature of the room. Vibrant colours are a popular choice this year, however steer clear of strong or dark colors that may make the space look smaller. Whilst painting the ceiling will bring a sense of drama, wallpaper will turn on the romance. Geometric patterned wallpaper and a dash of metallic are popular wallpaper trends that are extremely eye-catching!. Exposed beams also help to take your decor to the next level.

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Picture Perfect Plants

The most simple way to bring your home to life is by adding some humble houseplants. Whilst indoor plants have been a popular trend for years, the current plant trend is a more vibrant and patterned one. Patterned foliage is now considered as a living work of art for the home. Splashed and spotted with colour, there are many plants on trend that look as though someone has taken to the leaves with a paintbrush. If you're looking for a striped pattern plant for your home, your best bet is the Calathea Ornata, or the Caladium. If you're after a polka dot pattern, the Begonia Maculata Variegata is a popular choice and works well in any contemporary home. The best home for your plants are the bathrooms, living rooms and the alfresco areas.

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All Images sourced from pinterest.com.au



Toowoomba's Property Prices Rise 1.1%

The REIQ Queensland Market Monitor has revealed Toowoomba's housing market has faced a 1.1% growth rate over the past 12 months.

Whilst median house prices fell by 3.1% in the last quarter, the annual median price, (often a better indicator for price trends), increased to $355,000.

Going back further, house prices in Toowoomba have increased 18.3% over the past five years, or by $55,000. This is equivalent to a price gain of $11,000 per year.

The report revealed Harlaxton experienced the highest annual growth, with a rise of 12.7%. The suburb which suffered the greatest loss was East Toowoomba, with a 16.7% drop in the annual median sale price.

The detailed REIQ report also highlighted Toowoomba's fastest-selling suburbs. Ranked by the shortest median days on market for the year to February 2018, the suburbs included:

1. Toowoomba City (25 days, $342,000)
2. Centenary Heights (30 days, $370,000)
3. Meringandan West (34 days, $436,000^)
4. Rangeville (36 days, $445,000)
5. East Toowoomba (38 days, $412,500)

*Note: All information provided by the REIQ Market Monitor.

If you would like to find out more, Halo Properties is pleased to provide you with a complimentary copy of the full-detailed report.