With two bank holidays in May to look forward to, now is the perfect time to lavish some love on our outside spaces. A stylishly designed and well maintained garden can add as much as 20% to the value of a home, so what can you do to attract potential buyers and add value to your garden without breaking the bank?
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 30th April 2019
Top 10 Tips to Add Value to Your Garden
Add colour and interest with plants and flowers
For inspiration, why not visit the private gardens in your area that are opening as part of the National Garden Scheme? You can find those closest to you on their website. The Chelsea Flower Show takes place this year from 21st-25th May in London and Michael Graham is supporting the award-winning Woburn Abbey Garden Show on 22nd and 23rd June where their friendly gardening staff will be on hand with free and friendly tips and advice.
People want a garden with year-round use and minimal maintenance, so emphasise seating and entertaining areas that can be used for alfresco dining. Invest in a decent sized patio or decking area with comfortable garden furniture then add the wow factor with a fire pit and built-in barbecue or pizza oven.
Working from home might be 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.
Balcony gardening has been increasing steadily as more people live in 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.
The good life
Veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle choices and for lovers of a plant based diet growing your own is more popular than ever. Spring sunshine and showers mean that if you harbour thoughts of picking your own peas and carrots, now is the time to sow the seeds.
Solar is good for the planet and a practical solution too. The Posh Shed Company offer solar hubs with their sheds so that gardeners can charge their phone or even power a light without the inconvenience of heading back indoors.
A little paint goes a long way
Peeling and faded paintwork screams neglected. Don’t underestimate the impact of a fresh coat of paint on fences, sheds and decking.
Make it safe
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 escaping.
Mow the lawn
Lawns are a British obsession and 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 enhance the appearance of the garden and make it look bigger.
Don’t forget the front
If your budget is limited, keep in mind kerb appeal and focus on the front garden.
Are you looking for a new home with a beautiful garden? Contact us at Michael Graham to start your search for a town or country home to buy or to rent. We’d love to help you find your dream home. You can also ask us for a free market appraisal if you’re thinking of selling your property.