A good garden can increase the value of your home by as much as £4,000, so it’s well worth blowing the cobwebs off of your lawn mower and borrowing the pressure washer from your next door neighbour! Here’s how to improve the value of your home through your garden:
Add a low maintenance patio
If your garden is on the larger side (or you simply fancy adding an area perfect for entertaining and eating), why not install a patio? Patios are great selling points because they give prospective buyers an outdoor living space to enjoy with their friends and families (perfect for summer barbeques), and also require very little in the way of maintenance.
Consider hiring a professional if you’ve a big job on your hands
If you’ve let your garden run wild and are now feeling daunted about the amount of work you have to do, it might be worth calling upon the services of someone who really knows what they’re doing. A professionally landscaped lawn will really add wow factor, and trimming back the trees and foliage (so that it complements the size, scale and age of your property) will help make your home and surrounding land perfectly proportioned and ready to move into.
…but do the basic work yourself
However, don’t go too crazy when calling in the professionals: it’s important to offer prospective buyers a garden they can maintain without needing to spend lots of money on landscapers and gardeners in the future, even if you want to call them in for a one-off job when you’re selling! So, choose plants that are easy to care for and make the effort to pull up the weeds and rake fallen leaves before house viewings – these jobs are small but will make a significant difference to a buyer’s impression of your property.
While you wont directly improve the earning potential for your home by installing a wild bird feeder or adding a bug hotel, you will be encouraging wildlife into your garden. This is good for the ecosystem, but just as importantly (if not more so for sellers!) it might have the secondary effect of making your outdoor space feel as though it’s already buzzing with life and vitality.
This could make prospective buyers feel as though they’re being offered a chance to enjoy a mature garden, rather than one which needs tons of work to turn it into something dripping with greenery and scented with blossoms. So, consider inviting in the odd robin or hummingbird if you really want your garden to feel like a beautifully wrapped gift!
Think about the impact the outdoors has on the indoors
Finally, if you think that trimming back your trees or pruning the hedges is something that’s only going to benefit the outside of your property, you’d be wrong. In actual fact, cutting back oversized greenery (or anything that’s blocking light from entering through your windows) is actually going to help you sell your home because it will allow more natural light into your interior. After all, there’s nothing like an abundance of sunlight to illuminate a small space and make it feel bigger, generating value and demand for your property.