If you're looking for a way to increase the value of your home, giving your garden some TLC could be the solution
If you're not sure what this would involve, Hitachi Personal Finance has consulted with industry experts to reveal the best ways you can go about adding value...
1. Tidy up
This first tip may not necessarily increase your home's price but is still worth doing - straighten up your garden to help showcase the potential for prospective buyers.
Scott Chandler, a former Kew Gardener, says that while many of us will put off the more tedious garden chores, weeding your patio, mowing the lawn and fixing those wonky fence panels can help to transform a scruffy garden into a purposefully rustic outdoor space. This will go a long way to showing off the space a property has to work with.
If you have grass, the best thing you can do is keep it short. Likewise, if you have a patio or decking, a pressure washer should be used to spray away any dirt and slime - it's much more pleasing on the eye and one less chore for the buyer to worry about.
2. Consider upkeep
Robin Chatwin of Savills explains the crucial part to making a garden of any size seem desirable is making it look appealing but ensuring buyers do not feel anxious about upkeep. A garden will be about personal taste, so you should avoid overspending on design features or installations that a future buyer may want to remove.
A low maintenance garden can be achieved which will still have maximum visual impact - something as simple as a few colourful pots on a terrace can look smart.
3. Get a room
Kiarna Benson, of Tiger Sheds, says that while many of us would upgrade to a bigger, better home if they had the chance, a renovation can be a highly expensive process. Enter, the garden building. This adds the extra space and can also be done at a fraction of the cost to an extension.
A garden building can be an attractive proposition for a new buyer, providing a convenient storage solution and helping to free up clutter.
While many buildings will not require planning permission, some will - if you're in doubt, check.
4. Zone it off
Robin Chatwin of Savills explains a garden can be like an additional room for potential buyers - therefore, it's key to show it off at its very best. For a family home, having more outside space is normally part of the search criteria, with zoned areas or rooms within the garden also creating an attractive look. For instance, having an outdoor kitchen and seating section can double up as an entertaining space.
5. Enjoy the sunshine!
Scott Chandler, the former Kew Gardener, says that if you're lucky enough to have sunshine in your garden, it should be utilised – even if it’s only a small area. Something as simple as a patio or decking and adding outdoor seating can capture the minds of potential future homeowners, helping them to envisage their summer evenings.
6. Setting the scene
Richard Bell, Chief Operating Officer of Cox & Cox, said it will only be the most hard-hearted house buyer who doesn't look at a garden and think of themselves relaxing there. It can be easy to set the scene with a stylish dining set or some loungers, which can be accompanied with outdoor lights and a brazier, showing how they can spend their nights even after the sun goes down.
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