Will Improving the Garden Help With Increasing the Value of your Home?
It’s a seller’s market at the moment as far as housing is concerned, with huge competition in certain areas of the country for every property which comes onto the market. This isn’t the case in every part of the country though, and if things are a little more sluggish, then it is a wise move to make home improvements to both increase its value and help you sell it more easily. One of the key things many families are looking for in a home is a great garden, but this is the one area many people neglect when making over their property.
Clear it Up
The low cost and most simple option when it comes to improving your garden is to put in a few hours hard work and give it a good clear up. Buyers want to see a neat and tidy garden, not one which is overgrown and looks like it would take a lot of time to put right. So pull the gardening gloves on, get the lawnmower and the rake out, then clear away fallen leaves and other rubbish, mow the grass, trim back bushes and shrubs, and get everything looking a bit more cared for. If you have children’s scooters and other toys littering the garden, clear them away into a shed or garage. Doing all of this will cost absolutely nothing and will perhaps be enough to make your house more attractive to buyers.
The British weather isn’t always ideal for getting out into the garden, but buyers want to see that you have a space suitable for kids to play in as well as for adults to relax in. It is a good idea to invest in a patio or some decking which can be used as an outside entertaining space, and this will cost from £1,000 if you get a professional in to do the work, less if you have the skills to do it yourself. Borrow or buy some garden furniture and a barbecue to help buyers see that your garden is great for outdoors living in the warmer weather.
Brighten It Up
If your garden looks a bit drab, then spend a few hundred pounds on outdoor paint to brighten up the fence, and some brightly coloured plants and pots which you can then take with you when you move. Don’t feel you have to stick to traditional green or brown for your garden fence as paint is now available in a huge range of colours, but also bear in mind that not everyone will love a lilac or pink garden fence. Try to see your garden through other people’s eyes and if you are not a garden expert, ask for advice on what sort of plants and pots are best for your circumstances. Don’t forget to keep those pots watered if you are selling in the warmer weather.
If you have pets, or children who treat your garden as a football pitch, the grass can look very scruffy and when you are coming to sell, this can put buyers off. Conversely, a beautifully manicured lawn will add to the value of your property, and it may not cost the earth to replace a whole garden. Getting someone in to rip up your old grass, level out the ground and prepare it, and then lay the new turf will cost around £700 for an average sized back garden. Just keep the kids and the dog off the turn once it has been laid. A good alternative can be artificial grass, which is the ultimate low maintenance option. It’s not popular with everyone, and will cost a little more than standard turf, but it will also mean you can ditch the lawnmower.
Recent surveys seem to demonstrate that buying a hot tub for your garden can be a wise investment. A hot tub will cost upwards of £4,000 to install depending on the specification you choose, and will add a similar amount, if not more, to the price of your house. Hot tubs only cost around £1 a day to keep running, and unlike a much more costly swimming pool, this won’t put buyers off.