Gardens are a huge selling point for potential buyers. A well-maintained garden provides an extra ‘room’ for your property, boosting its value by up to 20 percent or an impressive £60,000 based on the current UK average house price.
The trick is to make subtle changes which won’t divide opinion and help house-hunters see the potential of your garden.
To help persuade a buyer and avoid wasting money, the experts at The Greenhouse People give us their advice on which garden features will add the most value to your property without breaking the bank…
The small details
If you need to spruce up your garden for a viewing quickly and cheaply, it’s the small details that count.
Make sure the lawn is mowed, the washing line is down, any wooden surfaces have a fresh lick of paint or stain and any weeds are pulled up. If your garden looks cared for it’ll be much more attractive to buyers who will be able to see its potential.
Get a room
A thoughtfully designed garden which mirrors the style and décor of your house will attract the right attention and give a sense of extra space.
If your garden is overly wide or long, consider breaking it down into distinct areas, helping buyers visualise how they can use and enjoy it.
Create clear zones using different materials and textures, keeping a good amount of lawn alongside a decked or paved area for relaxing and entertaining, flower bed borders and a growing area with raised beds or a greenhouse.
Add finishing touches – like cushions, furniture and artistic features – in keeping with your interior design and colour palette.
If your property doesn’t boast a garage, buyers may be put off when thinking about where to store their garden tools, lawn mower, BBQ and summer furniture.
A shed is the best option, tucked away in a corner away from your entertaining space. If you already have one, make sure it looks cared for with no broken windows and a fresh lick of paint.
If you’re tight for space, there’s always bench seating with a hinged lid which can double up as a storage box for smaller tools and soft furnishings.
The “wow” factor
While a swimming pool or even hot tub might come to mind if you had to pick a “wow” item for your garden, in reality, it’s not possible for many of us.
If you’re moving, you probably don’t want to over-invest in garden features which you can’t take with you, so cheaper things like a fire pit, bird bath, pergola, or an olive or bay tree will entice viewers without such a high price tag.
Privacy and security are always high up on any home buyer’s list of priorities. Even if your home is overlooked by other houses or gardens, you can take simple steps to block prying eyes.
A wooden or bamboo screen or trellis is perfect to close any gaps where foliage or trees may be missing, which climbers such as wisteria, clematis and ivy can wrap themselves around over time to create a “green border”. This will add privacy and make it harder for intruders to get into your garden too.
You can also make your garden feel more secure by installing outdoor lighting features, particularly ones which are motion sensitive.