Why Should You Prioritise Your Garden?
WWhether you’re planning to sell your home, or you simply want to increase the love you have for your home, we’re confident that the best place to start is with your garden.
A huge knock-on effect of the coronavirus pandemic has been a connection to nature and greater appreciation of our outdoor space. When you are forced to stay within 4 walls, your garden becomes a sanctuary that offers a break, fresh air and the illusion of somewhere new – especially when you cannot go away on holiday.
For those that do not have a garden to enjoy, or frustrated with their lack of garden space, when looking to move to a new house a garden has been listed as one of the top priorities. So, prioritising your garden space and making it presentable and usable will increase the value of your home.
According to research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 81% of respondents across the UK said that there will be a rising desire for properties with gardens and balconies and 74% predicted a growth in demand towards homes located near green spaces.
Make sure your garden is in its best shape
With this in mind, it is important to make sure your garden is in its best shape – no matter whether it is big or small. As we can see, it is likely to be a major selling point post-lockdown and with many businesses implementing permanent working from home roles, these outdoor spaces are vital for our wellbeing.
Fortunately, garden maintenance is pretty straightforward and it only takes a few key areas to create something special and impressive that will feel enjoyable to you and look impressive to potential buyers.
As discovered, green space is particularly important for those wanting to exercise outdoors as well as helping people achieve respite from stressful work lives. Therefore, a great way to attract buyers is to offer a flat, well presented lawn area.
Additionally, if you’re looking to enjoy your own garden area then flowerbeds are perfect for improving mental wellbeing as gardening and spending time in nature is widely thought to have benefits for mental health. Plus, neat rows of blooming flowers and greenery is sure to improve the overall look of your outdoor space.
Outdoor eating area
The key thing that people use their gardens for is barbecues and dining outdoors in the summer. Creating a specifically designed area to do just that will not only increase the amount of time you spend outdoors but will improve the quality of time spent outdoors.
Investing in a quality dining set will ensure that you are comfortable when sitting outdoors and allow you to stay outdoors for longer. Especially if you add accessories like a parasol to add shade on particularly hot days or a firepit to allow you to spend cooler evenings outdoors.
If you’re planning to sell your home, then this outdoor seating area will show potential buyers how they can utilise the space and allow them to truly visualise living in your home. The best way to sell is to stir emotions and create visions of a future rather than just showing people bricks and water.
If you have the space, then a special feature like a hot tub, a pond, a water feature or an outdoor pergola will create the desired effect of improving the overall appeal of your garden. Additionally, it will also make your garden more enjoyable and extend your use of your outdoor space to different times of the day.
Prioritising your garden is vital as lockdown continues as this will help to improve your mental wellbeing, offer a break from the 4 walls you have become used to and even offer a space to work outdoors and break up the week – as well as increasing the value of your property.