Are you about to start a garden makeover? If so, it’s important to consider whether the improvements you make will both look good and add value to your property. Whether you’re thinking about selling in the near future or not, it’s always worth considering the potential return on investment when doing home improvements. After all, you don’t want to pump more money into your house than you’ll ever get back!
The key is to carefully consider your budget and plan your project in advance to ensure you are investing in the right areas. To give you a helping hand, here are the garden features that will add the most value to your property.
Security and privacy
All potential buyers look for outdoor space that is fully secure, particularly family homes that are likely to have small children and/or pets. Privacy is also a key factor for many, so it’s important to consider this during your project. Good quality, well-maintained fencing will always impress, so if yours is looking a little worse for wear, it’s worth investing in new panels. If you can access the back garden from the side of the house, installing a strong and lockable metal gate is also a good investment.
To increase privacy, consider installing tall hedging or trees along the boundaries of your garden. If this isn’t an option due to the size of your space, consider climbing plants that will grow up the fence. Not only will this look visually appealing, it will create a real sense of seclusion, allowing buyers to imagine themselves relaxing in the space.
High quality paving and decking
Well-maintained paving can really up the kerb appeal of your property. Got a driveway that is old and weathered? Or a patio area that looks dark and dated? If you’re nodding, then give them a new lease of life. Firstly, assess whether your paving simply needs a little TLC. Pressure washing can totally transform the look of your tiles at little to no cost, so it’s well worth giving them a good clean before you think about ripping them up and starting again.
However, if they are broken and may be hazardous for little ones to play around, it’s worth investing in new paving. There are several different options here, from low-maintenance concrete to stylish sandstone and brick. With a huge variety of designs to explore, you’re sure to add the wow factor to your space!
Garden sheds… the bigger the better
Storage is key when buying a property, both inside and outside. Whether you have acres of land or a small space, maintenance requires tools, and tools require storage. So, ensure that you have a decent-sized shed on a good, solid base in the garden — large enough to store essentials like a lawnmower, clippers, trimmers, shovels and spades.
If your shed has been doing its job for several years and could do with a spruce up, then simply giving it a fresh lick of paint will make it more attractive. The key here is to try and make your shed blend in with the rest of the space, so think carefully about where it is located and how accessible it is, as well as how it looks.
With a well-maintained, attractive garden said to add up to 20% to the value of your property, making yours the best it can be is a no-brainer. Why not start your garden renovations today?