Extra time at home has meant that many people have been reevaluating what they need from their living space. It has quickly become clear what we need and want from our living arrangements, and for many people, the desire for outdoor space has become apparent.
According to data from Rightmove, searches for homes with gardens were up by 84% for renters and 42% for buyers in May compared to the same time last year. This means that if you’re planning to sell your home and you have a garden, then you’re in luck.
But a well-maintained garden will capture the hearts and imaginations of potential buyers far more than a neglected one, and can even add value to your home.
How much value does a garden add to a property?
With that in mind, it’s certainly worth giving your garden some love and attention.
How to do up your garden on a budget
Whether your garden is a tiny courtyard or a vast green lawn, doing up your garden in preparation for selling your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are seven ways to add value to your garden without breaking the bank.
Do the weeding and cut the grass
While it may not directly add value to your home, having a good tidy up of your garden will demonstrate its potential to prospective buyers. Remove weeds from the flowerbeds and from in between any paving slabs and mow the lawn. You’ll notice an immediate difference.
Fix and paint fences
Fixing any broken fence panels will prevent buyers from noticing flaws and allow them to focus on the potential. A lick of paint or varnish will work wonders – go for a neutral colour that will appeal to everybody.
Set up a table and chairs
Part of selling your home is selling a lifestyle, so by adding an outdoor table and chair set, you’ll help prospective buyers to imagine themselves sitting in the garden on a warm summer’s evening, dining al fresco and enjoying the fresh air. You can pick up a basic set for a decent price, or you could consider buying one second hand too.
Introduce some potted plants
If you’re planning on selling, you don’t want to spend hours gardening and planting flowers that you’ll have to leave behind. Instead, invest in a few potted plants. They’ll add colour and help to brighten up your garden, and you can take them with you when you move.
Add a shed
While it may not be the most budget idea for doing up your garden, 82% of estate agents and property experts agree that adding a decent-sized shed will add significant value to your home. Potential buyers will see this as additional storage space, or even as an extra room that could be used as an office or a summerhouse.
Add a water feature
A small fountain or water feature will help to create a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere in your garden, making it more attractive to potential buyers. Again, this needn’t be an expensive purchase, and you can take the water feature with you to your new home.
Many viewings take place in the evenings, so it’s worth investing in some garden lighting so that buyers can see your garden properly and with added ambience. If you already have outdoor lighting, ensure all the bulbs are working ahead of any viewings. This will also show potential buyers that your garden can be used long after the sun has set.