Summer is almost here, so now is the perfect time to get outside and add some serious value to your home by getting a garden to be proud of.
A good garden is top of most people's wish lists when it comes to buying their next home. So whether you're thinking of selling up soon or just want to enjoy it for yourself, here's our top tips on making the most of what you have.
1. Break up your space
If you have enough room, try zoning off your garden into different areas - such as installing some decking, or laying some turf. Not only will it add another dimension to your garden, it will also appeal to a much wider audience when it comes to selling.
2. Build your own BBQ
A homemade BBQ looks great in any garden and is super simple and cheap to make, as long as you've got a spare few hours. Get a couple of friends round to help out, and repay them with a free burger or two when it's complete!
3. Add a summer house
Extra space is always useful when it comes to your home, so adding something that you and your guests can use during the summer months - whether for storage or shelter – could increase your home’s value.
4. Add a seating area
If you have the space, it might be worth considering building a proper seating area rather than just buying garden furniture. A unique feature like this is great for showcasing to prospective buyers how they can really make your home their own. You can make one relatively cheap using wooden crates and cushions.
5. Add a heater and shelter
There's nothing worse than rain or a cold wind ruining your garden party plans, so why not consider installing some shelter with a heating system to ensure that you don’t have to move your guests inside at the immediate whim of the British weather?
6. Invest in an outdoor pizza oven
According to our recent study on modern status symbols, 8% of Brits think an outdoor pizza oven means you've made it in life, so it's a great piece to get in your garden if you're looking to sell. If not, it's still pizza - what's not to love?
If you have a lot of space in your garden, it might be worth adding a conservatory. It’s a big investment, but according to property expert Phil Spencer, could add around 7% to the total value of your home – a significant profit for most.
8. Hire a landscaper
Whatever you do, you must make sure your garden is appropriate for potential buyers, and a professional landscaper can help you with that. For example, if you live in an area full of families, it might be wise to keep some grass for children to play on, whereas if you live in an area thriving with young professionals, something low maintenance might be more sensible.
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