Everybody knows there are certain things you can do around the house that can help to increase the value of your property before you sell. What many might not realise is that giving some extra care and attention to your garden can be just as effective..
If improving the value of your home is your desired outcome, you should be sure that whatever investment you make is going to be recouped by the final sale. One of the best ways of doing this is working out what the current value of your property is.
While this can sometimes cost a lot of money, there are some companies that offer a house valuation for free..The benefits of boosting your property’s value by focusing on your garden is that expenses can be quite minimal.
Here are a number of reasons why a great garden can help to boost your property’s value
1. Think of your curb appeal
When buyers view your house, the front of the house is more often than not the first thing they see. If your property has a big garden area, it is best to take care of it and make it a sight to remember.
If the buyer does not like the outside, there is a good chance they will not want to see the inside either.
Your front garden does not need to be spectacular but it should still do the job of capturing the eye of a potential buyer. To have an attractive front garden, ensure it is neat, not cluttered and well maintained.
If space is limited, you should still be able to find areas to plant flowers or other plants where possible. A fresh bunch of flowers by the window or on the front and back porches can also be a lovely addition.
Any grass should be mowed and make sure that everything that is on your side of the fence is taken care of.
2. A quiet and private retreat
Just about every potential home buyer would value peace and quiet above everything else. Being able to retreat to the garden for some alone time away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world is something that many of us greatly appreciate.
Being able to do this in a well maintained garden that offers privacy and tranquility is something that a lot of people would be willing to pay extra for. If the previous year has taught us anything it is that opportunities to get fresh air are far better than we previously knew.
The best way to approach reducing the noise in your garden is to first identify what the main cause of it is and then build from there. Vertical and dense planting both work extremely well in reducing noise such as traffic or neighbours.
3. A garden symbolises care
A garden can give a great insight into the state of the rest of your property.
For example, if your garden looks like you took your time to mow the lawn, weed, prune and get everything in order, this is more than likely also reflected in the interior, a homeowner who cares for the outside surely cares for the inside just as much if not more.
But it is important to think about it carefully.
A neat and straightforward garden with a planting and lawn area will be more appealing and show more consideration than one with so many plants and overgrown hedges.
You can risk cluttering your garden and, in turn, cluttering your home.
An unkempt and untidy garden will reduce value and keep off possible buyers as it will be seen as a job that will immediately need to be done if they were to move in.
The first step in tending to a garden should always be removing weeds and other unwanted plants. Taking care of this can make decluttering the whole area a much more simple task – you would be surprised how much room weeds can take up!
With more and more people working from home, the world saw countless people look to their shed as a way to set up their preferred home office. Having a high quality shed or outbuilding has been seen to add as much as 5% to a property’s value.
Modern sheds can come in a variety of designs, some can be built for a number of uses, not just for garden tools or a desk. Getting a shed or summerhouse is one way to all but guarantee a higher offer on your home when it comes to selling.
Making the most of your garden space does not have to be expensive for it to be effective.
Simply planting a few flowers here and there can do the trick but larger investments such as outbuildings or summerhouses have been known to have a big impact.
No matter what you decide, you should consider your garden as another room and give it the attention it needs; you will be very grateful for it when you decide to move.