FAQs - Rent-A-Garden

In today's competitive market, visual presentation of the exterior of your property, including initial street appeal, is paramount. You must make buyers want to come inside!. Plants provide instant greenery and shape to bare areas such as empty garden beds, fences and front verandahs, and softness to harsh lines of key assets such as courtyards and pool areas. Fragrance is an added bonus in Spring time, especially for female buyers. A small investment can much such a huge difference in creating more buyer appeal for your property, and hence more inspections. More buyers makes for a higher selling price, and sometimes faster, pre-auction sale.

We are exterior stylists, with over 18 years experience in transforming gardens, courtyards, terraces and entrances to make them more attractive for selling. We know what works! We are the only company in Sydney to offer this complete exterior makeover service to property vendors. Sometimes you need a fresh set of eyes to look at your property and to provide honest advice, to save you time and money. Our Terry Hills nursery has a wide range of shrubs, hedges, palms and annual colour, to help make your property look its best!

Our minimum rental period is 5 weeks. This is to accomodate the recommended 4-week pre-auction and allow for photographers to film the home and garden at its best BEFORE the first inspection.

Certainly not. Our installed plants are suggestions and demonstrations only. You decide if you wish to keep them at that point and only pay for plants you accept. Read more about How to Rent-A-Garden.

Every property is different...but as a general guide installations range from between $800 to $1200 for a 5 week rental period (including delivery, install & collection - metro Sydney). The cost for larger and more expensive homes sometimes needs upwards of $1200.00. This may include a combination of plant, outdoor furniture and garden clean-up services. All items are separated in our quotes so you can tailor to your budget. Either way it represents a small investment to increase the likelihood of selling your house at the price you want - or more.

We deliver Monday to Friday, generally between 10am and 2pm. Our quotes show an itemised cost for delivery and installation. A general guide is $180-$580+GST. This includes delivery, plant placement & collection at the contract end. This cost varies depending on your location in Sydney and the level of ease/difficulty with which we can install. If you have your own suitable, enclosed transport (no utes), you can arrange to collect the plants yourself and return them when finished.

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Our plants have different requirements and we will advise specific instructions at time of confirmation. General guidelines are:

Indoor plants - 1/2 litre once a week or as directed.

Outdoor plants - A good soak every two days (Summer). Note: This is especially important in hot or windy weather. Some plants have special requirements. Please feel free to ask us if you are in doubt.

Yes. We provide a watering service for absent owners but we must have access to keys either from you or your real estate agents. There is a small fee for this service.

Of course. The normal contract period is 5 weeks. Extensions thereafter are charged by the week at 20% of the rental cost only (pick-up is already paid).

The plants are our responsibility between delivery and pick up (we take our own insurance). To date we have had only two small incidents in over 2,000 contracts (the painter took them!).

By all means...our plants are for sale at below retail prices.

Certainly. Many clients find extra plants will enhance certain areas after viewing the initial installation. As there may be an extra delivery charge for this, we recommend that if you are unsure of quantity required, we bring a few extra plants/hedges with us at time of install, just in case they are needed.

No problem. Just let us know as soon as possible and we will reschedule the installation date.

No, normal sale contracts state the seller will remove the furniture and pot plants after settlement. However, the planted annuals or any planted shrubs would remain.

We generally recommend you remove them to a non-visual area unless they are in exceptional condition.

No. Removalists will be moving your furniture and effects. It is more cost-effective to include pots in that contract

You may find some types of plants we quote in commercial nurseries...but these are inevitably much smaller versions of the established mature shrubs and hedges that we offer, hence a lot less effective! Then there is the extra cost of pots or troughs, soil and delivery/installation. Also, cost of moving them once more to your new property. A couple of larger shrubs or hedges makes more impact, than lots of small baby ones dotted around. Items such as our mature Conifer hedges are just not available to buy elsewhere. These have been grown on specially by us for the purpose of creating effective 1mL x 1.5—2mH screens.

Ask your agent. Many of our past clients have sold their property pre-acution. In today's market real estate agents say "first impressions, position and presentation". Remember it is very much a buyer's market.

Providing you give us 24 hours notice before the installation date, no charges will apply. After that the labour charges for loading and preparation will be charged at normal hourly labour rates.