THIS three-bedroom home may look like a normal house from the outside but it is hiding a WILD secret.
The property gives no indication of its hidden gem at first look, with a pebble dash wall giving off an ordinary appearance.
But the garden shows a different side of the family home that’s now up for sale – it is decorated head to toe with exotic plants.
Retired telecoms worker Rick Stock has been building up his garden with an array of plants – creating his own personal jungle.
The 30-metre long garden is filled with palm trees, two ponds and a selection of different plants which make him feel like he’s relaxing in a tropical forest.
Rick, 67, has put his heart and soul into his garden since 1991.
Six tips for getting your house ready to sell
IF you are considering selling soon, here’s how to get market-ready, including making the most of unique features.
1. Do your research
What have local homes sold for during lockdown? Does yours have anything extra to offer, such as off-street parking or a bigger garden? Price yours appropriately.
2. Choose your agent
Are you selling with a traditional agency or online only? Do you research, compare what you get for your cash then shortlist agents to value your home. Selling is stressful so pick an agent you trust and get on with.
3. Get your admin under way
Choose a solicitor and dig out all the paperwork you will need, such as guarantees for the boiler or any new windows, planning permission for any building work and your lease if you own a flat.
4. Stage your home appropriately
Consider which season you will sell in. Dress your home to match so it is picture perfect in photos and tempts buyers in person. Selling in spring/summer? Make the most of the garden and outside space.
5. Small things make a big difference
Presenting your home doesn’t need to be expensive. Wash windows inside and out, mow the lawn and tidy the garden. Wash your front door and add a coat of fresh paint to tired walls. Clear away clutter.
6. Consider showing “off market”
Your agent might have someone in mind to view your home before it officially goes on sale. Off market buyers often give the asking price to secure a home and ensure it isn’t shown to others.
But now the-grandad-of two is ready to hang up his hose as his house in Leicester is up for sale.
Rick said: “My garden is an obsession that has got out of hand. If it’s not raining, then I am in there every day.
“There is always something to do. I have four palm trees – one is worth £600 now.
“Along with cactus plants, two ponds and a seating area.”
His garden also includes Aloe Picatilis which is unique with its fan-like leaf arrangement.
You will also find vibrant Brugmansaier plants and a Paw Paw tree in his wild back garden.
Rick even has a shed which is covered in tropical-themed memorabilia as well as ornaments hanging from his trees.
He has strung up flags to go over the top of his garden, to accentuate the plotted plants in the patio area.
Rick’s special detached house is on the market for £320,000, waiting to be snapped up by a lucky buyer.
The average price of a property in Leicester is £233,818, according to property website Rightmove.
The right features can add thousands of pounds to the price of a home.
Garden space is one of the biggest demands among homebuyers looking to move after lockdown.
Rick added: “People passing by would never know about the stunning back garden.
“It is an acquired taste but appreciated by everyone.
“A few years ago, I had a 20-metre banana tree and a stranger knocked on to come and have a look.
“People are often in awe with my garden, it’s a great place to socialise.
“I hope my garden helps the property sell.
“It does require a lot of upkeep but it is a fantastic hobby to have.
“If I’m not watching Leicester F.C, I am watching a gardening show or in the back yard.
“It’s my passion and I will be sad to say goodbye but I’m sure the buyer will be happy to have it.”
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