Move Your Garden to Your New Home: Plants, Furniture & All

29th May 2018

Moving home?

If you've got a move coming up, this blog post could be for you. Currently, you're probably planning every little last detail of the move. What are you taking with you? What is staying? What's getting chucked out? The kitchen, the living room and the bedroom are all part of one massive to-do list. But have you considered your outdoor space? It's easy to forget, especially as it's got the least noticeable 'stuff'. However, it's important to consider sorting out your garden for the big day and also what you want to take with you to the new home. If you've put a lot of time and effort into your current garden, it's understandable that you'll want to replicate it when you move into your new place. Here's our handy guide full of tips for making this process as smooth as possible.

How to take your garden with you

We've rounded up some of the best advice we've found. For those who love their garden and can't bear to part with it, you'll find these tips essential when moving house:

1. Check out your new garden

Just because it looks lovely in the pictures and is well-presented in real life, doesn't mean it's going to be the perfect garden for your current set-up. Make sure you take location into consideration - different parts of the country can have varying soil compositions and your favourite plants might not grow as well. Do some in-depth research so you know what to take with you and what is better off staying behind. You should also consider the size of your garden, especially if there are any patio or decking areas. Will your current garden furniture fit in the new garden? Do you need to invest in some more to fill the new space? All of these questions should be answered early on so you know whether to pack up your garden furniture or leave it for the new owners to enjoy.

2. stick to your fixtures, fittings and contents form

Remember, even if you're super attached to a specific plant or pot in your garden, you have to adhere to your agreed list. When you sell a house, you'll have to fill in the Fixtures, Fittings and Contents form for the new buyer. This will outline what is going and what it staying - and it shouldn't be messed around with or ignored. If you didn't specify exactly what you're taking from the garden, your buyers will expect it to be in the same condition as when they made an offer. Be careful with this rule. If you move anything, they can take legal action against you.

3. Research your specific plant types

Once you've decided which plants are coming with you, it's time to do your research. Some species thrive better when they have been planted via cuttings, whilst some are more effective when they've been fully dug up from the roots. Make a list of which plants you're taking and the best method to re-plant them.

4. Enlist some help to move your plant pots

Plant pots are extremely heavy and if you're not careful, you'll injure yourself when trying to move them. Make sure you're moving them on a day when you can get someone to help you, just to be on the safe side. You should also make sure you've got plenty of bubble wrap so that they won't get damaged in transit.

5. Store your garden furniture correctly

If you're taking your existing garden furniture with you, make sure you do it properly. There's nothing worse than incorrectly storing something to find is not the same when you open it back up again. Garden furniture, particularly rattan, is susceptible to mould and mildew, especially when left in dark and damp conditions. If possible, move your garden furniture at the very last moment, so it can be transported directly to your new house and put out in the garden again. If this isn't possible and you need to store it, here are our top tips.

  • Make sure it's dry when you store it. Don't pack it up on a rainy day or soon after a downpour.
  • Consider investing in waterproof covers if it needs to left out in the rain for a period of time.
  • Give it a good wash before storing - this will stop any mould from growing but make sure it is completely dry before packing it up.
  • If you can afford it, rent out a decent storage space. We recommend choosing one that is dry and well maintained so you know your furniture is in good hands.

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