If you're after a way to increase the value of your property, there's one crucial area you won't want to overlook - the garden
Our outdoor areas are increasingly being viewed as an extra room for the house, with a well-maintained garden able to add as much as 20 per cent to a property's value, or, based on the current UK average house price, a cool £60,000 - not too shabby.
It's simple- you want to make subtle changes that avoid dividing opinion and let house-hunters see the true potential of their garden.
So, what does this involve? Well, we've spoken to the experts at The Greenhouse People who are sharing their advice for the features you can rely on to add value to your home, without costing an arm and a leg...
1. Small details
When you're looking for quick and affordable ways to refresh your garden, make sure you don’t overlook the smaller jobs - these have a big impact. Give the lawn a mow, take the washing line down, and if any wooden surfaces are looking sorry for themselves, give them either a lick of paint or stain. And, of course, the big one - get weeding! A well-cared for garden is much more attractive.
2. Room for thought
Put some thought into your garden - you want to have one which mirrors the style and decor of your home, as this attracts the right attention, and creates the impression of extra space.
Is it overly long or wide? Well, how about creating zones? This then enables buyers to visualise exactly how it would be used.
To create clear zones, use different materials and textures. For instance, keep a good amount of grass alongside your decking or paved areas. You then have flower bed borders which can be accompanied with a growing area which includes raised beds or even a greenhouse.
As a finishing touch, add cushions and furniture that suit your interior design and colour choices.
3. Store smart
Does your property have a garage? If not, potential buyers could be put off, as they'd be thinking there’s nowhere to store their garden tools and furniture. However, there's a solution here – enter the shed. If you already have one, make sure it looks like it has been cared for - give it a fresh coat of paint and make sure there's no broken windows.
If you're too pushed for space to have a shed, you could always try bench seating with a hinged lid. This then doubles up as a storage box for the smaller tools and soft furnishings.
For many of us, a swimming pool or hot tub would be the dream. However, it's simply not realistic for the vast majority. So, if you're thinking of investing in some cheaper options that could still give your garden some ‘wow’ style, try some of the cheaper options. For instance, a fire pit or bird bath are both more affordable items that can still be relied on to provide style.
Potential buyers are likely to want both privacy and security. Even if your home is overlooked, there are ways to block prying eyes - that's where a wooden or bamboo screen or trellis come in. It's a great way to close any gaps between foliage or trees. Something else to consider are climbers; these include wisteria, clematis and ivy, which can then wrap themselves around to give you a 'green border' - this adds to the sense of privacy, subsequently making it tougher for any would-be intruders.
Adding an outdoor light could also be another option to consider - if you're particularly security conscious, it could even be motion sensitive.
Tips courtesy of The Greenhouse People