Adding Value To Your Home By Optimising Garden Space
If you’re the sort of person who likes to spend their downtime in the comfort of your garden, then you’ll know that a great deal of benefit can be reaped by giving your outdoor living space the same care and attention that you give to your indoor one. After all, clearing your living room can make the place appear far more spacious, and the result is a space that’s far easier to unwind in. The same is true of your garden.
When it comes to adding value to a property, few people even consider the impact their garden might have. The main building therefore gets the bulk of upgrade spending, while the garden must feed off scraps. But this thinking, though widespread, is misguided.
The garden is one area of the home where substantial improvements can be yielded with minimal effort and expenditure. Moving from a neglected, overgrown garden to one that’s spacious and well-maintained can increase the value of a property by as much as 10%, according to Jan Hytch, the one time president of the National Association of Estate agents.
If you consider this proportion of your property’s total value, then you’ll know how much money is at stake. In most cases, we can be sure that even a little bit of a work will yield substantial improvements. And so the question prospective sellers must ponder is: can we really afford not to take those basic steps to make our gardens tidier?
In this article, we’ll take a look at how we can clear out your garden space, and thereby bump up the asking price you’ll be able to attach to your home.
Clean the lawn, cut the grass and weeds
When it comes to garden neglect, the most obvious symptom is an overgrown, weed-infested lawn. After all, this is one area of the property that requires constant maintenance in order to look its best; grass is constantly growing, and if they’re not controlled, weeds will spread across an entire garden within moments.
We can address this problem by mowing the lawn, and by removing weeds – either manually or with a chemical agent. If you’re arranging viewings, then be sure to mow the lawn a few days before prospective buyers show up. If they look out of the window and see a lawn that looks like a billiard table, then they’ll have a positive impression of your garden. If they see one that looks like a jungle, they’ll likely have a negative one.
Hide away bins and other eyesores
The garden is usually home to lots of pretty things. Flowerbeds, singing birds and decorative rock-formations all make our gardens more pleasant. But these aren’t the only items we put in our gardens; by necessity, we also need more functional items like dustbins, guttering and garden tools. If we’re to achieve our tidy garden, then we’ll need to store such items out of sight.
This is where a garden shed might come in handy. When we’ve items that we might use in the garden, but won’t often use, we need a place to store them – and a shed will offer just such a place. Building a new shed from scratch represented a considerable investment. But most gardens already come equipped with a shed – if your garden have been neglected, a good place to start (once you’ve sorted the lawn). Once you’ve gotten your shed cleared out, you’ll have a capable storage facility to stow away all of your unwanted junk.
As for functional items like your bins, you’ll need to store them somewhere that’s out of sight, but still accessible. You’ll want them against a wall, so that they can’t be seen from a window, and ideally around the side of the house so that they can’t be seen from the front or rear.
Accessories can help!
When it comes to keeping your garden tidy, things are made immeasurably easier if all of your plants are contained in pots. That way, if things begin to look a little out-of-control in one area, you can easily remove the offending plants to another place. Moreover, potted plants can be placed even in areas where there isn’t any soil.
If we’re to get the best from our potted plants, then a little invention is required. Be sure that the bottom of your pots are covered with a layer of coarse gravel. This will aid drainage, and ensure that the soil in your pots doesn’t become overly soggy and damage the plant’s roots.
Of course, this drainage will mean that your potted plant will need more regular watering than those in the ground. During summer, you’ll want to do this every day – plant pots containing dead or dying flowers are unlikely to have a positive effect on your property’s value!
Hanging baskets are a great way to free up space at ground level. If you feel as though things are a little bit crowded, you can move your greenery upward. That way you’ll have space on your patio to put your feet up, while at the same time enjoying the benefits of potted flowers overhead.
Isn’t this a lot of work to go to?
Of course, one of the principle reasons many delay tidying their garden is that it requires time and effort. If you don’t have a passion for gardening, then summoning the resolve to get out there and get to work might be difficult – particularly if the task looks to be an enormous one.
But this is precisely the point – the people who might want to buy your house will be dissuaded from doing so if it looks like the purchase will involve a lot of work. By taking the time to fix your garden, you’ll be saving your buyers the trouble – and this work will be reflected in the price of the property.
When it comes to tidying your garden, a little bit of work can go a long way. Be sure that you take the basic steps we’ve discussed here, and you’re sure to be richly rewarded!