Why a well kept garden can increase your property price
When selling the home or preparing it to go on the market, it’s all too easy to focus your attention on what’s inside. From making small renovations to renting staging furniture to help present a buyer-friendly style, there’s plenty you can do to make it a more attractive offer and to maintain its value as much as possible. You should never forget about your home’s curb appeal, however. In particular, the garden can not only make your home more marketable, but it might even be able to raise its value. Here’s how you can do just that.
Keeping it neat
One step you really can’t skip is ensuring that the garden is well maintained. A neat, orderly and healthy lawn is important. Not only should it be kept at an attractive length, but you should take care to solve any issues with waterlogging, dead grass, and weeds that can turn off potential buyers. If there are any trees, bushes, or hedges, they should be trimmed to an orderly fashion. You don’t want it to look like the buyer has to invest in too much gardening when they first buy, as the cost of that maintenance can be taken off the asking price.
The difference to the home value that general maintenance makes is relatively low. Landscaping projects, on the other hand, can add significant value. This includes the purely aesthetic, like creating raised flower beds and planting trees. However, those that add the most value are those landscaping projects with practical uses. For instance, building retaining walls so you can reduce the slope of a garden and offer more flat, usable space can be highly valuable.
Whether or not adding water features, such as ponds and fountains, depends on the property and who you are planning to sell it to. In areas with lower housing prices, water features can be detrimental due to the fact that buyers might not want to pay the costs of maintenance. For pricier areas in higher demand, however, they can be a great choice. They only add value if they’re in good working order and well maintained, however. If you need to give your water feature a once-over, it’s a good idea to do it before you put the home on the market.
Sturdy, well-cared for decking is even more attractive. It offers real useable space in the garden that’s well suited for outdoor dining areas and socialising. Once again, the key factor here is how well-maintained it is. If your decking is showing signs of disrepair or rot, it won’t add value, it might decrease it since buyers will be expecting to spend money on replacing it. Replacing bad wood, repainting, and resealing the decking can help maintain its appeal.
Fencing and gates
Privacy is a premium feature for modern home buyers. Much more than aesthetic appeal, it offers practical appeal, which is what buyers will focus on first and foremost. The safety and privacy of high-quality fences and gates can add a significant bump to the value of the home. This includes green fences of hedges, which also have the added benefit of soundproofing the garden, which is a particularly attractive feature for any homes that are close to busy roads.
Patio and paving
Paving is ideal, with patios serving as even better socialising and outdoor dining spaces that a sturdy deck. For the front garden, paving can also be added to provide parking space, which only improves the value of the home during the negotiation process even further. Once more, quality paving and patios are key. If they’re looking a little worse for wear, then pulling any weeds poking through and using a power washer to help maintain its lustre can ensure you get all of its value out of it.
One of the most valuable additions, agreed upon by the majority of agents and property consultants, is the presence of a large, practical, sturdy shed. Storage space is the most valuable thing a home can have, and sheds are some of the most attractive kinds of storage space out there. Once more, having a shed in good condition is a must. If it looks old and worn down, then buyers may be more inclined to replace it, and they can use that to negotiate the price down.
Even if you’re not keen on investing too much time, energy, or money into the garden, keeping it neat and well-maintained is the bare minimum you need to do. First impressions matter a lot and a messy, dilapidated garden does not give your home a good impression.