6 Garden Tips to Add Value to Your Property

If you are looking at putting your house on the market, you may want to consider giving your garden some TLC. Small changes can make your outside space a lot more attractive to potential buyers resulting in a faster sale.

According to research by AXA Insurance homes with well-kept gardens are worth almost £2,000 more in value. The same research found that most people would rather take on the work themselves with 90 per cent planting their own flowers and 74 percent power washing their patios.

Below are some recommended garden tips that are likely to help your property be more marketable:

  1. Outdoor buildings
    Most people are looking for extra storage when they are looking to buy a property. Adding a summerhouse, greenhouse or a good shed can boost the value of your home. This of course can be costly, but will provide vital garden storage space. According to GBC Group, having an outdoor building can add at least 5% to the value of the property.
  2. Plant flowers and get your lawn in shape 
    A much more budget-friendly option is to clean up, tidy away any rubbish, remove dead plants and weeds, freshen up fences and furniture with a lick of paint, feed the lawn, and plant some flowers to add a splash of colour.
  3. Add a water feature
    A water feature can attract wildlife and create a tranquil environment to relax in. Having something subtly but visually pleasing can make an area feel calmer and more relaxing, as well as mask any noises from roads nearby. 
  4. Privacy with shrubbery or trees
    If you have an unattractive view, you can think about adding shrubs or trees to hide these, they can also provide privacy. Just be sure you're enhancing the space you have. 

  5. Add a unique selling point
    Having a patio in your garden can really raise your property value and encourage potential buyers to choose you house. Adding a patio isn't too much work, and the slabs can make a big difference to how your garden looks as it often opens up the space you have making it appear bigger. 

  6. Staging your garden
    Some outdoor furniture such as a table, chairs, and a parasol will allow buyers to visualise themselves enjoying the space. During the summer months, a lot of viewings will take place in the afternoon and evenings so it is also a good idea to install some lighting around the garden, especially around dining areas.

Remember, your garden doesn’t need to be perfect – it’s a lived-in space after all. It needs to be presentable, but first impressions count so be sure to have a look at any small improvements to attract those buyers.

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