The housing market is quickly rebounding post-lockdown, with house sales running 28% above pre-lockdown levels according to the latest Zoopla House Price Index, and the need for outdoor space has come a popular trend for buyers and renters.
The Office for National Statistic suggests that around 1.7 million people have been working mainly from home during lockdown, and since many people have not had the luxury of escaping into a garden, there is now a surge in people looking to move out of the city to more rural areas and get closer to nature. According to Rightmove, rental searches for gardens were up 16% this June compared to the average seen in January and February, which shows that the need for outdoor spaces has become an important factor for many people looking to move home.
Does a Garden add Value to a Property?
According to PropertyPriceAdvice, the potential value of a garden on property value can be up to 10%. Whether your property has a garden, decking or just a patio, with some simple maintenance you can transform your outdoor space into an asset for your property.
How can I add value with my garden?
According to new research from Post Office Money, landscaping your garden could increase your property value by 77%. So to help grab attention from potential buyers, here are some simple home improvements to upgrade your garden
1. Cut the grass
A simple, freshly cut lawn is a great way to make a good first impression with potential buyers. Since the lawn is the first thing anyone sees when stepping on to a property, a tidy, well maintained lawn gives the impression that the whole home is maintained.
2. Potted plants
Versatile and mobile, potted plants are great for giving any garden a face-lift. Give your garden a fresh and presentable look for showing with bright, fresh flowers like white Tulips in the springtime, or grow modern foliage Hostas for summer pots.
When showing a garden, presentation is a priority. Make sure to clean up the garden by tidying up and pulling out any pesky weeds to keep your garden looking its best.
4. Create garden zones
If you have enough outdoor space, why not create some secluded zones to add a unique touch to your garden. By adding a garden shed or throwing up an outdoor screen to create a seating area, you can transform a standard garden into an interesting space for relaxation and entertainment.
5. Keep it Simple
According to Garden Design, low maintenance plants have become a big trend in 2020, especially foliage plants. Plants like Heucheras and Ferns are ideal for amateur and experienced gardeners alike as they require very little maintenance, as well as less watering and pruning than other plants.