How Important is a Garden When Buying a House?

The garden is important when buying or selling and can increase the value of your property.

 

Selling

If you are selling your property, these tweaks can make all the difference:

  • Tidying the garden: as important as de-cluttering the inside of your home. Put away outdoor toys or tools; throw away broken pots or planters. Store items in the shed or invest in a portable storage box. Make sure there is no washing hanging on the line during viewings!
  • If you have a south facing garden, make the most of the spot that catches the sun with a chair or bench.
  • Try and create an area that can be used for alfresco dining … to impress those BBQ-loving buyers.
  • Mow the grass and if there are any bare patches, sow some inexpensive grass seed prior to putting your property on the market.
  • Trim overgrown shrubs and hedges, and ensure flowerbeds and paths are weed and mossfree.
  • A few carefully placed pot plants will add instant colour.
  • Lighten things up with some solar powered lights and put out some bird feeders or a bird table. These will give the impression that your garden is used and homely.

Buying 

If you’re buying, view the property in daylight and be sure to check out the area at other times of the day: a quiet road might be manic during rush hour and a desirable neighbourhood may look different at night.

  • Does the garden get sunlight at a time of the day that’s good for you?
  • What kind of property will suit your lifestyle? What location is most desirable and affordable? Do you want a garden? How many bedrooms? Do you want a new or old property?
  • Be observant and look for any potential problems and unbudgeted-for costs such as broken guttering, cracks in the interior and exterior walls or brown stains on the ceiling that may indicate a leaky roof for example.

There’s no need to spend a fortune or take up topiary. In fact, simpler gardens usually sell more easily - buyers can be put off by spaces that look fussy or tricky to maintain - if you would like to chat to the team about selling or buying, call 01491 598530 or email info@bondsestateagent.com


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