Don't forget the plants

Can I take my garden plants when I move?

Many homeowners see their gardens and landscaping plants as extensions of their home and family. Trees were planted to celebrate graduations or births. The clump of bright daffodils next to the back door was a gift from an old friend. When it’s time to move or sell, the thought of leaving them behind is nearly unbearable.

However, plants, especially perennials, trees, and shrubs, are considered part of the property. Pure Equity Group realtors recommend deciding which plants you want to take before opening your home to potential buyers. Remember, a buyer may be attracted to a property because of the garden. Removing plants may complicate things. Here are a few guidelines to see you and your plants through the process.

Take an inventory. Whether your house has a complex garden full of thousands of different species of plants or a few beds running around the foundation, walk around and take stock. Make a note of which plants you want to take with you and which can stay. This is also a good opportunity to assess what work needs to be done in the yard to increase curb appeal.

Consider where you are going. The current garden may be full of plants that you adore, but the tough question many gardeners face is whether or not the plant will work in their new home. Make careful note of light and soil requirements and compare those with your new location. Space, whether there is more or less for planting, may also prove a consideration.

Decide whether pots, cuttings or seeds are best. Plants in containers are not considered part of the property, and they are easy to transport. However, there are a few things to ponder before getting out the trowel:

  • How well does a particular plant take to transplanting or being potted up for
    an extended period of time? Some herbs, such as fennel and dill, have deep
    taproots that don’t like to be moved. It is also worth noting that if a plant is in
    bloom, it should not be divided or transplanted.
  • Should you dig it up or will cuttings suffice? Willow family members, for
    example, have deep root systems that are better left in place. Cuttings
    (upwards of six are recommended) leave the tree happily in place whil
    letting you take, literally, a bit of your garden with you.
  • Can you collect seeds? Seeds are small and light, which make them a breeze
    to pack. There is no need to find a pot and soil or worry whether a plant is
    transitioning well or not.

Designate a holding site. Right after transplanting, the pots should be kept in a shaded location and watered regularly to ensure a smooth adjustment. After a week or so, the plants can be moved to a setting more suited to their desires: full sun for lilies and roses or dappled shade for hostas. This may also be an opportunity to use them as part of the staging process. A cluster of cool green ferns or a pot of cheerful
daisies can brighten a shady corner or lend a homey feeling to an entryway.

Include plants in an excluded from sale list. If potting isn’t an option for some reason, Pure Equity Group suggests listing these plants as not part of the sale. If it’s a favorite of yours, chances are it will catch the buyer’s eye, too. Itemizing plants may seem silly at first glance, but it helps avoid any confusion during final inspections or delays in closing.

*Photo by Viv Nev


Taylor Kolon

Columbus, Ohio Real Estate Agent
Mobile: 614-600-7503

Taylor Kolon’s years of experience helping people sell or find the right home taught him that his work is about more just land and buildings. It’s about hopes, dreams, and a secure future. It’s about helping individuals and families turn a challenging situation into an opportunity, and to that end Taylor listens carefully to his clients as he guides them to their goal.

A jump from corporate sales in the Ohio metals industry to real estate was only natural for this outgoing guy. As a result, Taylor brings a sharp eye for detail and well-honed negotiation skills to work for every client every time. Taylor earned his degree from Central Michigan University where he also played on the men’s volleyball team. The fast pace and the teamwork as well as the physical and mental challenge he found on the court are some of what he loves best about his work. He also understands the value of continued training and education to keep his game in top shape. Every time he hands over the keys to an ecstatic new homeowner feels like a win.

Taylor believes in the importance of community and making sure he’s giving back what he can to Columbus through various volunteer activities and membership in the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce. However, there is no denying, that his favorite way to spend his free time is with his wife, Mandy, and their daughter, Elena.

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