6 Ways your Garden Can Increase the Price of your Home26 Jul 2018
If you’re looking to sell your home, then of course you are going to want to maximise the amount of money you get for it. There are many, well-known ways to do this including:
- Converting your loft into an extra room
- Fitting a new bathroom or kitchen
- Converting or extending a basement
- Turning a garage into extra living space
One part of their property that many people overlook however is their garden. Here are a range of things you can do to your garden to help improve the value of your home, from some simple and easy tasks, to some that are more involved and take some investment, but could help add significant value to your selling price.
Tidy your garden
Giving your garden a general tidy-up is a really good idea. Remove perennial weeds such as ground elder and Japanese knotweed as these can be particularly nasty and a red flag for potential buyers. The tidier you make your garden, the more it gives the impression that it is easy to maintain, which is always going to be a plus for buyers. Potted plants, gravel and paving are ideal for those seeking low maintenance, while large areas of lawn may be off-putting for some. However, for families, this could be a plus, giving the children lots of space to play.
Add a driveway to the front of your property
This can take a considerable investment but it can significantly increase the value of your property. If you live in an inner urban area where parking is hard to come by for those working in or near the area, then having a parking space at the front of your house can make your property highly desirable. In the inner urban areas of the UK’s big cities such as London, Manchester, Leeds or Glasgow, not having to pay for a parking space every day can save someone thousands of pounds per year. Therefore, it has the potential to add thousands to the value of your property.
It doesn’t come cheap though. Once you have planning permission, as well as converting your garden, you’ll need to pay the local council to drop the kerb which can be expensive. However, with Phil Spencer of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location saying that adding a parking space to the front of your property could add up to £50,000 to its price, it’s almost certainly a price worth paying.
Add a shed
One of the key considerations for people when buying a property is storage. Having extra storage in the form of a shed is always going to be a plus point for house buyers and can therefore add a small, but significant, value to the price of your property. Invest in a good quality shed that is particularly secure and potential purchasers will feel reassured that they can place their expensive garden accessories, power tools and other valuable items in there.
Lay a new patio
A good-sized and well-laid patio with a few comfortable chairs, table and barbecue can do wonders for the appeal of a property. The secret isn’t in the patio itself, the secret is getting the potential purchasers to imagine themselves sitting out on the patio in the sunshine, enjoying a glass of wine while burgers and sausages sizzle on the barbecue.
Install a hot tub
While a swimming pool may be something many of us dream of, they are very expensive, not practical for many houses and many potential homebuyers will be put off by the maintenance costs. However, hot tubs, thanks to their size and affordability can be a great way of adding value to your home. According to research done by Lloyds TSB Insurance, one in ten houses now have a hot tub and they are increasingly becoming regarded as essential in high-end properties.
Invest in a water feature
Water features will almost always add value to a property. However, it’s important you choose the right type. Whilst ponds were once the most popular form of garden water feature, they’re popularity is dwindling. While they remain a favourite of those people who love the way they attract a wide variety of wildlife to their garden, there is always the element of safety to consider. If your house is one that you think might attract the attention of buyers who have children, then a pond may actually devalue your house. Ponds can be very dangerous if you have young children so it’s better instead to invest in a water feature such as a fountain. Safe, yet spectacular, these can be a centrepiece of the garden and add value to your home.
Whether you follow one or all of our tips, you should see your home become more desirable and this will almost certainly help increase it’s value.
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