How to maximise your garden’s potential
As the pandemic has progressed, so have people’s love of outside space. Property portals and estate agents have reported that having a garden has surged in popularity.
With supply constant and demand surging, that can only mean one thing: the value of properties with gardens will rise. It is worth considering further the supply of homes without gardens: many new build properties have little outside space. There really is a mismatch – what buyers and renters want is in short supply.
In the property world, it used to be said that kitchens and bathrooms sell properties. Avocado bathroom suites and shiny pine kitchens warded off all but the most visionary buyers. But, gardens are now taking centre stage: it is, literally, their day in the sun. So, how do you maximise the value of your garden for yourself and, perhaps, prospective buyers?
Creating an outside dining area is a must. We’ve spent far too much time eating at home – but eating outside feels different. Somehow, it conjures up memories of better times: holidaying, barbequing and socialising with friends. Liven it up with cushions and throws, outdoor tables and a large umbrella. Perhaps even solar powered lights or outdoor candles. The more adventurous may consider adding a pizza oven, fire pit or chimenea.
If space allows, you should consider creating different zones in your garden, much like we have different rooms indoors. Aside from a dining area, you could have a vegetable patch, a water feature, a pergola, a kids’ play area or a rose bed. People need to be able to visualise themselves using the garden – and zoning your garden makes this easy.
Old, shabby or damaged fencing can ruin the feel of a garden. It can also raise security concerns. Replacing or repairing fences will add value straight away. There are a lot of interesting fencing options out there, so do your research.
Garden rooms come in all shapes and sizes – from glorified garden sheds to fully functioning work spaces. Compared to the cost of extending your home, these seem like an inexpensive way to add useful space.
A mixture of evergreen and seasonal plants will give your garden all-year-around appeal. As will planting flowers that bloom at different times of the year. A lush garden full of plants can feel like a calming oasis, which is especially welcome if you’re a city dweller. Colourful plant pots can add pizzazz too.
Gardening is great exercise and proven to be beneficial for your mental health. Moreover, sprucing up your garden should be relatively cheap. And, in this era, it’s money well spent.
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