What garden features add the most value to property?
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Gardens are a huge selling point for potential buyers. A well-maintained garden provides an extra ‘room’ for your property and can boost its value by up to 20%. But gardens are an expensive business so which features will add the most value to your property without breaking the bank? We asked the experts at The Greenhouse People for some tips.
All the small things
Simple things like making 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
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. 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 probably the best option but 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
You probably don’t want to over-invest in ‘Wow-factor’ garden features that you can’t take with you, so consider feature items that you can like a fire pit or bird bath, that can give a focal point that will impress perspective buyers.
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. Climbers such as wisteria, clematis and ivy can wrap themselves around this over time to create a “green border”. You can also make your garden feel more secure by installing outdoor lighting features, particularly ones which are motion sensitive.