To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow,” said the late actress Audrey Hepburn. This is true, especially when looking at the future of property and ways to increase the value of your home. In England, one of the main attractions especially in the summer months is the beautiful gardens. However, not only does a well-maintained and attractive garden space add to the kerb appeal of a property, but it can also add to the value, according to research carried out by experts. The Burnham on Sea estate agents will agree with this.
We give below some tips, shared by gardening experts, to raise the value of your home.
Goal and budget: A garden can be designed to be a peaceful retreat for relaxation or it can cater to being a hub for social get-togethers. No matter the aim of the garden, a budget needs to be worked out, to see how much is worth spending to gain a good ROI. According to an authority on the subject, he “recommends keeping the garden renovations and refurbishments at a moderate level as potential buyers/renters always have their vision as to how they want things to look”.
Neat: The lawn should be mowed regularly, to keep it tidy. Flower beds need to be weeded. The whole appearance of the garden should be clean and healthy.
Garden room: A multipurpose room or shed in the garden would be an asset and could add additional value to the property. It could be used for various functions, such as an office, a small gym for exercising/relaxing, a mini garden pub or even for storage.
Tall fence: Almost everyone wants privacy and a high fence provides just that. A well-maintained fence also acts as a security measure. The fence should be freshly painted or varnished, in a suitable neutral colour. Hanging floral baskets, or having pretty leafy or floral creepers on the fence could not only add to the privacy and security but also present a beautiful and relaxing ambience.
Paving: Depending on the space available, paved pathways can be useful when dividing the areas of the garden, making it comfortable to go around the garden paths or leading to a destination. They can be constructed attractively, too, with various options. The choice of materials and colours for the paving should complement the plants growing next to them. This makes the visual display more impressive. Paving may be costly, but it could last for ages and requires hardly any maintenance.
Decking: This is another option, as it is less expensive than paving and easier to install. It also supports heavy weights. It is ideal for a play area or relaxation. There are heaps of designs to choose from and, if the material is good quality wood, it could last longer.
Outdoor furniture and lighting: Space permitting, and especially if the decking is opted for, a few pieces of furniture adds to the ambience and will provide a mode for relaxation. Outdoor lighting is beneficial, both for cosiness and security. CCTV cameras would provide additional safety.
Sloping: If there is a slope in the garden, it can be taken advantage of to the maximum, by tactically placing plants and garden decorations such as gnomes so that the visual display stands out.
Water feature: Depending on the budget, a water feature at a strategic place could work wonders. It would add to the R&R effect and would increase the value of the property.
A no-no: One thing that should be avoided is mock turf. It requires a great deal of maintenance and is expensive to get rid of. Alternatively, fresh turf is naturally attractive and appealing.
Conclusion: Despite gardening always having been one of the most popular hobbies in this country, the pandemic and enforced lockdown took it to a new level, with even more interest being taken in gardens and outdoor spaces. Both front and back gardens are the ones that make or break the first impressions of a prospective buyer/tenant. Many people who have not had the pleasure of a garden are willing to pay more for a property with garden space. So, not only does a well-maintained garden add value to the house, but it could be a good way of enjoying mutual benefits – the pleasure of gardening and the profitable return on investment! Truly a way of believing in tomorrow.