Written by Carly Freestone | 9th May 2024

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How to Add Value to your Garden

With the sun finally making an appearance and the iconic Chelsea Flower Show coming up to provide us with inspiration, now is the perfect time to focus on our home’s outside space. A stylishly designed and well maintained garden can add as much as 20% to property prices, so what can you do to add value to your garden and attract potential buyers without breaking the bank?

How to Add Value to your Garden

1. Add Plants & Flowers

Gardens give us the chance to escape, unwind and relax, and planters filled with colourful flowers can transform the look and feel of an outside space. If you’re looking for ideas, a good start is to visit the private gardens in your area that are opening as part of the National Garden Scheme. You’ll come away with designs for gardens, borders and beds of every size.

Find those closest to you at www.ngs.org.uk

 

2. Define Areas

Gardens are an extension of our indoor space, so emphasise seating and entertaining areas with alfresco dining potential. Create a patio or terrace area with garden furniture – allow buyers to imagine themselves there. If budget allows, you could add the wow factor with a fire pit and built-in barbecue or pizza oven.

 

3. Garden Connectivity

Home working must be seen as an option for your buyer so make sure the wifi works equally well in the summerhouse at the end of the garden as it does inside the house.

 

4. Tips for Tiny Gardens

Balcony gardening has been on a steady rise as more people live in rented properties with little or no outdoor space. Whether it's a balcony, patio or windowsill, pots and containers can transform the look and mood of the space.

 

5. Growing your own fruit & veg

There’s something very satisfying about growing your own fruit and veg, and spring sunshine and showers mean that if you dream of picking your own courgettes and carrots this year, now is the time to sow the seeds.

rhs.org.uk has all the information you need to get started.

 

6. Pergolas

Consider adding a wall-mounted pergola, which will increase your home’s useable living space and extend the inside out without the cost of building an extension. A pergola alone can add up to 5% to the value of your home. 

 

7. Painting Fences

Peeling and faded screams neglected. Don’t underestimate the impact of a fresh coat of paint on fences, sheds and decking.

 

8. Garden Safety

Invest in secure fencing, walls or gates. Your buyer needs to be able to relax in the garden without fear of young children or pets going missing.

 

9. Mowing the Lawn

Lawns are a British obsession; we collectively spend around £400 million each year on keeping our grass green and weed-free. If you have a property for sale, it’s worth remembering that a manicured lawn is a simple way to dramatically enhance the appearance of the garden and make it look bigger.

 

10. Fix up the Front Garden

If time and budget are limited, keep in mind kerb appeal and focus on the front garden.

 

Are you looking for a new home with outside space? Contact us today and let us help you find your dream place. You can also book a free market appraisal if you’re thinking of selling.

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