Our homes are our castles and, when we return to them after a hard day at work, we want nothing more than to relax. The garden, when well-maintained, is our place of peace and tranquillity – there truly is no better place to retreat.
Not only is an immaculate garden important for the homes we look to settle down in, they are just as, if not more so, important when looking to sell. Imagine showing prospective buyers around your home, only for weed city and mud mounds in the middle of winter to greet you once you walk out of the backdoor.
It’s not a good impression, is it?
The Value of a Stylish Garden
It is claimed that a well-maintained garden can add as much as 20% to the value of your property – that’s a cool £60,000 based on the average price in the UK in 2016. Spending the time pulling out all of those weeds and watering the flowers doesn’t seem such a waste now, does it?
A house should feel like a home the moment you step over the threshold, somewhere that you can call your own or, at the very least, imagine yourself living there. If the kitchen is the heart of the home then the garden is its soul and should be the life of the property.
Banishing the Winter Blues
Winter is always a torrid time of year. The nights draw in, temperatures dip below freezing and sunshine turns to rain and snow – hardly the type of conditions that lend themselves to growing and maintaining an immaculate garden.
With that said; what if you didn’t have to grow your garden? In London, there is a growing trend in artificial grass being installed in gardens to combat the UK weather. Once installed, lawns stay green for years to come – rain or shine, day and night, the garden remains an inviting place to be all year around.
Completed with winter plants and furniture, as well as a small and safe open fire to keep you warm, your garden is soon transformed into the ultimate spot to unwind, or a place to host friends and family. How much would do you think that would add to the valuation of your property?
What to Avoid
While artificial grass certainly has its place in the modern home, do not completely disregard the benefits of real living plants in the home. Flowers not only add a homely touch, but they also help to purify the air by taking in carbon dioxide and replenishing the air with oxygen.
Also avoid cheap furniture that simply won’t cope with the change in the weather. Poorly made wooden furniture may be kind to your bank balance, but if you leave it outside in the winter, chances are you will be forced into replacing the furniture come spring time.
It is also good practice to think about the wildlife that enters your garden, not just in the winter, but all year around. Bird will often be found roaming through the garden, so why not dedicate an area of the garden to putting out food?
Do You Have an All-Weather Garden?
Is your garden all-weather? Does it hold up in the rain? If you are reading this and looking out to your garden, thinking that it doesn’t look as good as it did just a few months ago, then it’s time to get to work.
If you would not be proud of showing your garden to guests, then it’s time to make some changes. A little TLC goes a long way and, if you do come to the point where you feel it’s time to sell, you will be happy that you took the time to maintain your garden once the property has been valued.