For anyone from first time home-buyers, to experienced Estate Agents, getting your foot securely on the property ladder can be a stress-inducing ordeal. Each rickety step comes with its risks, and the more apprehensive among you might even be wondering where to start. Well, that’s where we come in. When looking to sell your home, building up as much value as possible on the property seems like a given, right? But did you know you can get quite the chunk of value out of your garden? From a bit of landscape gardening, to making a feature of those all-important teak garden benches, we’ve pulled together five steps you need to follow to improve the value of your garden!
1. Start With Basic Maintenance!
As tempting as it probably is to get out there and buy the biggest and best garden features you can find, stop! Before you even consider whether you could legitimately fit that obscure sculpture in amongst the bushes, you should probably tidy up first, don’t you think? Basic garden maintenance can do a world of good for your garden, taking it from a scruffy excuse for a back yard, to a pristine, well-groomed and valuable piece of land with potentially minimal costs. If you already keep up with your garden care, then you’re in luck! Chances are it already looks pretty good, but a little extra weeding and pruning never hurt anyone, right?
2. Patios And Decking
Now, this is where the costs could come in. If you already have a patio or decking, increasing the value could be as simple as cleaning off the tiles or planks with a jet wash. For those of us who aren’t so lucky, however, putting in a terrace could be a worthwhile investment. If you have a family home, the patio should ideally come with some kind of cover and heating, and be big enough to hold a table and chairs for six to eight people with a barbecue! Buyers are often looking for somewhere to relax, and a terrace gives them the opportunity to do just that.
3. Don’t Neglect Your Front Garden.
In all the fuss around improving your back garden, it can be easy to forget the front! The front garden of your home is more than likely going to be the first thing that buyers will see when they come to view your property, so keeping it tidy and well-groomed is worth more than just the extra cash. After all, good first impressions are everything! Even the smallest of front gardens need to be kept well, so take a little time to get weeding!
4. Hire A Landscape Gardener
If you’re truly serious about using your garden to its full potential, then hiring a landscape gardener could be a good place to start. At the very least, a consultation could give you a better idea of where to start. If you truly aren’t sure whether the changes will make a difference, take the plan your gardener will provide you with to the estate agent, and see whether they believe it’ll help improve the value and saleability of your property.
5. Remember: Less Is More!
Overall, it’s important to remember not to overdo it. The property market is a crowded one, so it’s important to think about what your garden can offer those who might be interested in your property. Rural properties with large gardens might be best left open with a shed or greenhouse, whereas small, city gardens can be improved with some greenery – even if it’s just plants in a pot! - To break up the urban environment. Look at your market, look at what you can offer, and the rest should all fall into place.