Now the clocks have gone back, we can (hopefully) kiss goodbye to the cold weather and snow storms and look forward to spending time outside.
With the long Easter weekend fast approaching and further May Bank Holidays on the horizon, what better time to get out in the garden and make sure things are looking ship shape.
What’s more, a well-maintained garden could add 20 per cent to your property value. With that in mind, here are our suggestions for the best garden improvements to add value to your home:
Sheds and summerhouses
Sheds are pretty hip right now – research carried out by Cuprinol in 2015 found that 21 million Brits own one and that figure is rising. Sheds and outhouses can be used for all manner of reasons; simply for storage, as a home office, den or even an outdoor kitchen. Attractive and well designed outdoor buildings (especially when wired for electricity) are a plus for many buyers.
A secluded outdoor space is a big tick for most house hunters so creating an element of privacy fencing, a wall or large plants will help improve the value of a home. In smaller gardens situated in built-up areas, consider a timber arbour over your seating space to create more of a private enclosure within the garden.
A well-designed terrace extends the living environment of the house to the outside – particularly if you have a patio or bi-fold doors opening out onto it – so it’s worth investing in good quality paving as you would with flooring inside the home. Choose paving over decking, which can have a short shelf life and can be slippery and potentially dangerous when wet.
Help potential buyers visualise how they will be able to use the garden both during the day and at night with props, such as outdoor furniture and lighting. Showing how functional this space can be as an extended part of the home will add promise to any viewing.
There’s no need to spend a fortune on your garden; in fact, simpler gardens usually sell more easily as gardens that require a lot of upkeep can put buyers off. If you’ve got limited funds, spending some time mowing the lawn, sweeping up, de-weeding and getting rid of unsightly clothes lines is often enough to keep buyers happy.