To Garden or Not To Garden...That Is The Question (when selling)

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I was consulting with a staging client last week, and she was lamenting that she wasn't able to put in her tomatoes this year because they were selling the house.  I asked her why not, and she said that she didn't thinktomato it would look good to buyers.  I didn't agree and here's why:

  • if a garden bed is neat, clean, weeded and thriving - this makes the whole yard look good
  • gardens are inviting - and promote that image of "I could live like this" that you want when selling the home
  • backyard, urban 'homesteading' is super hot right now (I personally have chickens if you can imagine!)
  • the majority of buyers, seeing fresh tomatoes and herbs growing in their own backyard can envision them as their own - and who doesn't like fresh tomatoes?
  • a ready made garden bed can be a great selling feature - so many people want a garden but never seem to have the time or energy to create one

As long as the garden is well maintained and still leaves room in the yard for kids and dogs to romp, I say "go for it".  It may not appeal to every buyer but I suspect they'd be few and far between.  You may not be there to enjoy the bounty but your buyers will thank you!



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Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

I wholeheartedly AGREE. 

Let your garden grow.  I think it makes the home appear bountiful, inviting, & alive. 

What in the world could be better than that!

May 21, 2010 03:50 AM #1
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Just like the inside of your home, you can live in it, just keep it neat and clean!  I just did a raised garden in my yard and it has become an inviting place to go in the corner of the yard and has actually improved things...

May 21, 2010 03:53 AM #2
David Obbee - Agoura Hills, CA

Liz: Actually, I don't like fresh tomatoes.  However, I completely agree with your post- A nice garden just has such a "homey", heartwarming appeal.  I think it really can help sell a home.  Thanks for sharing!  :)

May 21, 2010 03:55 AM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I think it's a great selling feature.  I wouldn't mind moving into a new home and enjoying fresh veggies as a bonus!

May 21, 2010 03:59 AM #4
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I agree with you Liz, not a problem at all.

May 21, 2010 04:22 AM #5
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

With all this attention on local produce, farmers' markets, etc., I agree.  As long as it's not weed-infested, I think it's a good idea too.  Julie

May 21, 2010 05:30 AM #6
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

I agree IF they keep it neat/clean and looking "fresh".....just like the inside!  Then it is a selling feature!

May 21, 2010 05:49 AM #7
Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

I am also chiming in on leave it makes you feel all warm and cozy. Someone maybe just looking for a place to have a garden you never know..

May 21, 2010 08:53 AM #8
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

OMG... a garden is home, love, tending...... buyers would jump at it in a hot second!

May 21, 2010 03:31 PM #9
Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales

Hi Liz...People would love to have a tomato garden at the ready...YES! Turn it into a selling feature...without a doubt!

May 22, 2010 03:02 AM #10
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

You are right Liz in your advice to her.  If I could move into a home WITH tomato plants that are thriving I would be in a hurry to close the deal.   I believe that most people would love to see an area in the yard that is set aside for a veggie appeals to their "OH, I could do that here."  Great post!

May 22, 2010 05:10 AM #11
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Following your guidelines and I totally agree with you Liz.  Even using the fruits of your labor as staging props in the kitchen is great too.

May 22, 2010 06:32 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Liz- just like any other area of the house, as long as the garden is kept up, then I think there's nothing wrong with a seller being able to have her garden. Who knows, it may give the buyer a few ideas!

May 22, 2010 02:58 PM #13
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

A neatly-tended vegetable garden is a great feature for a home on the market -- YES!  I'd love to find a house with a garden already started ... and think most other buyers would too.

May 22, 2010 05:09 PM #14
Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!


You are so correct! Buyers, especially in our market LOVE this! Too bad she thought otherwise.

May 23, 2010 11:03 AM #15
Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Liz -- I agree with you and the others above -- a neat vegetable garden would be a real plus in selling a home.

May 24, 2010 04:11 AM #16
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

I totally agree with you.  As long as it's well maintained, it's a bonus to the buyers as well.

May 29, 2010 12:59 PM #17
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