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The Best Investments for your Garden

Wednesday, 22nd July 2015

Categories: Property Prices Sales Selling Tips

Author: Kris White

Summer – albeit a typical British summer – is well and truly upon us and vendors with a decent amount of outside space will be doing all they can to sell its virtues to potential purchasers. But while the obvious tips for keeping the lawn looking luscious and the seating area looking inviting ring true, there are other outdoor features that could tempt people to pick your property over the others on their shortlist.

However, unlike a designer kitchen, a loft conversion or restored sash windows, the merits of a well kitted-out garden are a little harder to quantify. While a top-of-the-range pizza oven might be a prize draw for one person; to others it might just be a waste of perfectly good patio space.

When investing in your garden, you can fairly safely assume that you will recoup your spend on quality planting, as this adds to the aesthetic value of the space. However, if a garden looks too high maintenance, it could actually put people off when they tally up the time and money they’ll need to invest to keep it look pristine. Here are a few other features that might tempt like-minded buyers, but could see others think twice.

Hot tub

These are becoming increasingly popular, as they allow people to spend quality time in the garden whatever the weather. Whether you recoup your investment will all depend on how much money you spent.

Swimming pool

These are still few and far between and you’ll need a very specific buyer who is willing to look past the high maintenance costs and see the merits of a personal pool.

Trampoline/climbing equipment

These can generally be dismantled and taken with you but if you have a sunken trampoline or permanent play equipment, you’ll need to consider what type of buyer will be looking around your house – those without children might not be that thrilled to have a permanent trampoline or set of monkey bars at the bottom of the garden.

Outside office

If you have a large garden, few buyers will turn their noses up at the opportunity to utilise an outside room. However, if your office has been shoehorned into a modest plot, you should accept that it won’t be to everyone’s taste. A quality structure with electrics and insulation, that is in proportion to the outside space, could well add value to your home.

Shed

If you have a modest garden, you’ll need somewhere to store equipment and a good-quality shed can be a genuine selling point for a house. Keep it tidy so potential buyers will view it as a useful addition rather than a dumping ground.

Built-in barbecue

Few people would walk away from a property if it included a purpose-built barbecue but be aware that if your cooking area is out of proportion to the rest of the garden, it might put some people off.

If you spend money on your garden, always make sure you do it for your own benefit and not for the sole purpose of adding value to your house. While general maintenance and mature plants will add to the overall appeal, expensive structures and additions won’t necessarily recoup their cost.