For most of us, particularly those who live in apartments or in city areas, the idea of having a garden of our own is a common dream. The thought of alfresco dining, barbecues, homegrown vegetables and herbs and drinks enjoyed on comfortable furniture is one which can become all too common when the weather is warm. Those who are buying a house may be attracted to a smaller property if there is a garden attached, so adding features to your garden and improving your outdoor space is a surefire way to add some extra value to your home.
Create An Outdoor Dining Area
Whether your garden is a sun trap or not, try to make the most of any rays by creating an outdoor dining area. If you have a patio or decking area in your garden, freshen this up with a new coat of varnish or by adding in some potted plants or flowers and add in some patio garden furniture or a comfy seating arrangement. Showing future homeowners what they could do with the garden space is a popular tactic in encouraging them to buy, as they’ll be imagining themselves sat there with a cold drink in the sunshine in no time.
Keep On Top Of The Small Jobs
During the winter months, the small odd jobs which we often do in the summer become forgotten about and by the time the sun comes back out, we’re left with a multitude of jobs to do which can be overwhelming. Although tidying your garden doesn’t add huge amounts of value to your home, having a tidy garden will demonstrate any potential to possible buyers. Small jobs which can be done over a weekend or here and there when you have time, such as de-weeding, fixing fence panels or even just cutting the grass, can transform a scruffy and untidy garden in no time.
Create Extra Space With An Outbuilding
Although external and internal renovations can be inconvenient and expensive, having a garden building is much more straightforward. The extra space can be done at a fraction of the price of an extension and from sheds to summerhouses, there are plenty of options to chose from. Knowing how to utilise the space is another thing to consider and there are many things to use to space for, such as a garden bar, home office or even just a little place to sit in the sun. Most garden buildings don’t require any planning permission so it can be quite a straightforward process, but be sure to check with the relevant persons if you are uncertain.
Ensure That It Is Low Maintenance
When selling your home, consider the appeal of your garden’s upkeep. The key to making your garden appealing to viewers is to make sure that it looks desirable without making them anxious about the potential upkeep. Just like the interior of your home, it is all down to personal taste, so try not to spend too much on installations or features which future buyers may just remove and try to keep your garden as tidy and simple as possible. Future buyers want to get an eye for the space and start thinking about what they could do with it. After all, a garden may be a huge selling point for them.
Split Your Garden Into Different Areas
By zoning your garden into different sections, this will demonstrate to future buyers that there are different ways they can enjoy the garden. Whether you create an entertaining area complete with an outdoor kitchen or work on an immaculate vegetable patch, having something that is quirky or that they may not have thought of could be a huge bonus. If you want to sell your family home, then you may want to tidy up the garden and instead create a designated children’s play area.
A garden is an extension of your home and works as an additional room in the summer months. When you are showing your home to potential buyers, you want to show it off at its best. For those who are buying for their family, having outside space is often a huge focus of their search criteria and having additional rooms or zoned areas in the garden is likely to be an attraction, no matter the size.