Sitting on a goldmine?
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?
Outside dining areas
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.
Zone your garden
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.