Any homeowner who has access to a garden is likely to be spending a lot of time in this space right now. With lockdown restrictions limiting people’s movements, a garden area is hugely appealing and a significant attraction. Of course, gardens have always been tremendously appealing, and feature prominently in the housing market.
Information provided by Zoopla indicates gardens was one of the top three search terms used in 2019. The other two leading search terms were garage and parking. This reinforces the importance of external space at a property, and it should remind vendors that selling a home isn’t just about presenting your house, you need to consider the impact of your entire property.
The quality and condition of your garden can play a significant role in drawing buyers to your home. It can also add value to your home. Studies suggest an attractive garden can increase value by around 5% to 20%, which is something that homeowners need to be aware of.
Some of the most popular features for prospective buyers when considering a home include sheds, an outdoor seated area and real grass. Artificial lawns are simple and save a lot of time and effort, but it appears as they are a turn-off to likely buyers. Anyone planning on selling their home would be advised to present real grass as opposed to artificial turf.
There is also evidence which suggests homeowners in the UK spend a lot of time in their garden. The research figures suggest than an average of 114 hours each year is spent in maintaining gardens across the country.
For this year, this figure is likely to be higher! There is also a strong chance the current lockdown will encourage many households to plant more fruit and vegetables in their garden. You might not be able to become fully self-sufficient with your garden, but you can reduce some of your costs and pressure in shopping by having fresh fruit and vegetables in your garden.
When the market starts moving again, it is likely many homeowners will prioritise a garden space when looking for a new home. The impact of COVID-19 will be felt for many years to come, and this includes the way people think about their home.
Households will desire more space, and the importance of a garden area at a time like this cannot be overstated. Therefore, expect to see many buyers focusing more of their time, energy and attention on garden spaces.
If you plan on selling your home at any point in the future, it is worth considering the importance of gardens when connecting with buyers. If you don’t plan on selling your home soon, you should think of the benefits a garden will provide to you and your loved ones.
At Coakley & Theaker, we aim to support the local community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing-related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.