Buyers still dream of a perfect little oasis all of their own
Homes with gardens continue to remain high in demand and they do command a premium. A well-maintained garden could add a premium of up to 20% on the sale price of your home and is the most searched-for term by potential buyers, according to Zoopla.
Kerb appeal is an important factor when it comes to selling your home, and a well-maintained garden can make all the difference in giving a good first impression to potential buyers. A garden doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive – simply making sure that lawns are mowed regularly, shrubs are pruned neatly and borders are tidy will go a long way towards creating an attractive outdoor area.
Create additional interest in prospective buyers
If you have space for flowerbeds or patio areas, these can add even more impact as they provide potential buyers with ideas of how they could use the outdoor space. Adding some extra features such as lighting or water features will also create additional interest in prospective buyers.
When it comes time to list your property, having a well-maintained garden can be an effective way to increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Taking the time to attend to a garden before selling your home will give you the best chance of getting the best price. It’s an investment that is well worth making.
Garden changes to help you sell your home faster
Smartly designed outdoor buildings
Additional outdoor buildings such as garden rooms, log cabins, summerhouses, greenhouses, pergolas, workshops and shed bases can all brilliantly boost the value of your home. Potential buyers want well-sized, smartly designed spaces they can find function in.
Give your garden a facelift
Giving your garden a facelift is the simple thing that will make the most difference. Clean up, tidy litter, remove dead plants, pull weeds, paint any chipped fences, repair and feed the lawn, or even add a bit of colour with some new plants or a fresh coat of paint for the fence. Even if you’re looking to sell your home during the colder months, it’s important you take care of your outdoor space.
Add a key selling point
For many, a well-maintained garden will be the overall deciding factor when it comes to choosing to put down an offer or not. When designing or altering your space, consider adding a key selling point — one that will ultimately increase the value of your home and shows buyers that thought and time has gone into designing the space. Having a patio in your garden can work wonders to raise your property value and encourage potential buyers to pick your house.
Incorporate water features
From fountains to ponds, streams, cascades and waterfalls, a water feature can completely transform a garden. Keep it relatively simple; you don’t want to go too big, which can be off-putting. Having something subtle but aesthetically pleasing is what will make the biggest difference; it makes an area feel more calm, open and relaxing, and can also cover noises from any nearby roads – perfect for houses near a main road.
Add shrubs to provide privacy
A wide range of mature trees and shrubs are now available and are a way to hide an unattractive view or provide privacy. Adding shrubs and hedges is a really simple way to hide anything you don’t want new owners to see — such as unattractive buildings in the background. They’re also incredibly simple to plant and much cheaper than installing a fence.
Consider adding a chair and bistro table, or place a bench further into the garden to catch the last of the sun. De-personalise the area without stripping it of atmosphere, and remove any large or unsightly equipment such as swings as buyers might not be able to see past them and fully appreciate the space.
Preparing to sell your property
Homes with gardens are still highly sought after and they do command a premium in the property market. So when you’re preparing to sell your property, it’s a good idea to get your outdoor space in shape. Not only could this lead to a much quicker sale, but it could even add thousands to the asking price.
For buyers, garden premiums are likely to be a reality when purchasing a home, but the potential upside of this is that, if they ever decide to sell a home later down the line, they will experience their own – probably even bigger due to house price inflation – premium.
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