How your garden can enhance your property

How your garden can enhance your property

14th Apr, 2016

If you're thinking of selling up, your outdoor space could be a deal breaker. Treat the garden as another room by giving it the wow factor and it could add thousands to the value of your property. 

"If a garden is well kept and designed, it's a real plus," says Jan Hytch, President of the National Association of Estate Agents. "It makes the property stand out and it could add 5 to 10% onto the price of a house.”

Bear in mind the lifestyles of your potential buyers. If your property is a family home, ensure you provide a grassy area for children to play on safely. For young professionals, a low-maintenance garden will be a better fit. It is best not to overstock the garden with plants, as this may put potential buyers off. A good rule of thumb here is less is more.

A decked area will give the appearance of more space in between the house and the lawn. Buyers are likely to pay more for more space, so make the most of what you’ve got. Keep the areas of the garden well defined- for example, create a zone for the barbecue, position table and chairs separately, install a water feature on the lawn. This way, buyers can picture themselves out there, making use of each area. With a covered terrace and heating, your buyers can enjoy the outdoors throughout the year.

Keep the garden looking tidy. Build a shed, so people know there is storage for their lawn mower and tools. Privacy in the garden is important to people and in most areas you can bring your fence up to 2 metres without any additional permits. And don’t forget, first impressions count, so look after your front garden too. Plant slow-growing plants that don't need much maintenance and invest in screening (a trellis or fence) to hide wheelie bins.

If you're planning significant changes to your garden, consider consulting a garden designer. An initial consultation and plan will cost around £400, depending on the size of the garden.

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