Does a Garden Increase Property Value?

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2022

When it comes to buying a house, outside space often appears on the “must-have” list.

Lockdown highlighted the positives of owning a garden, and the new hybrid working era has only sought to cement outside space as a key commodity when owning a property.

But aside from the delights of enjoying a G&T in your own private sun trap or having a kick around with the kids, does a garden increase property value?

Will that beautifully landscaped lawn and its hanging baskets with flowers have prospective buyers queuing up at your door? Well, the answer is yes, and here at Hockeys Estate Agents Cambridge we have some valuable suggestions on how to spruce up your garden!

Boost Your Kerb Appeal!

Yes, you may spend the vast majority of the summer months relaxing in your back garden but neglect the front of your house at your peril.

There are plenty of front garden ideas that can make a big difference with limited expenditure. Sure, garden design can play a part but you don’t need to splash out on a full makeover to get heads turning towards your property.

Decluttering the garden is a good first step. Make sure you’ve got rid of the weeds, the flowers are watered, and the lawn is well kept. Add some hanging baskets to inject some class into proceedings and fix the fence panel that you’ve been meaning to get round to for months. Aesthetics are important!

Say “Hello” to the Hot Tub

A warm water dip in the middle of winter in the comfort of your own garden sounds like a winner, but does a hot tub add value to your home?

It’s a fair question as hot tubs can be expensive to keep, but in many cases, they are viewed by prospective buyers as a luxury item that can increase the desirability of your property. As always, appearance is important, so it’s crucial that you maintain your hot tub and keep it clean. A dirty tub could lead to a snub. If it’s in disrepair, it could become an eyesore and put off potential buyers.

A Shed can Shine

There’s no doubt that a garden office can add value to your property, but if finances are tight or you don’t have the space for a large structure, it’s worth considering investing in a decent shed.

It is generally accepted among estate agents that a shed has the ability to increase property value. A good quality shed can add storage, security and a classy edge to your garden without breaking the bank. There are plenty of different types of shed of all shapes and sizes, so make sure you know how much space you want to allocate and what your shed is going to be used for. Is it simply for storage or will it double up as a workshop?

Put your Best Fence Forward!

A good quality fence professionally installed can benefit your garden and property in a number of ways and has the potential to increase value. It’s important to work out the purpose of your fence as this will help you to decide the type and look of fence to go for.

You can have the best garden fencing that money can buy, but if there is no purpose, it won’t add value. Are you installing a fence for privacy? Is it for security or are you simply trying to stop the rabbit escaping into next doors garden? These are all questions worth asking before you splash out and call the installers in.

Discover the Value of Your Home and Garden

If you are in Cambridge or the wider Cambridgeshire area, and you are thinking of selling your home, Hockeys are here to help. We can look at your home and garden and provide a comprehensive valuation of your Cambridge property. And if you have any questions about how to sell your Cambridge home, just get in touch with us, we will be very happy to provide you with professional advice.