6 Ways To Add Value To Your Home By Improving Your Garden
‘Real estate investing, even on a very small scale, remains a tried and true means of building an individual’s cash flow and wealth.’ Robert Kiyosaki
For most of us, the most expensive thing we’ll ever buy is property. The bulk of our wealth is tied up in it and it makes sense to ensure it is in the best condition possible, so that wealth is both safeguarded and maximised. Investing in home improvements is a fantastic way to add value to your property.
One of the biggest potential areas to improve for many properties is the garden.
It also happens to be one of the most lucrative forms of home improvement and, if you spend your money wisely, you can expect to see an excellent return on your investment.
According to This Is Money, you’ll see an immediate 88% return on your money.
Gardens certainly shouldn’t be forgotten, as an overgrown, unattractive garden can turn off buyers. And, of course, the front garden is the first thing that buyers see when they visit your property and can create a negative first impression. According to property expert Sarah Beeny, ‘First impressions count when selling your home, so sprucing up your outside area is a must in order to get the maximum price for your home.’
But, of course, you need to be spending your hard-earned money wisely when it comes to improving your garden to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
In today’s article we’re looking at some of the different options that you have when it comes to adding value to your property by improving your garden.
Let’s start with our first option.
1. Install a New Driveway
Installing a new driveway at your property can improve the aesthetics of the front of your home and create additional off-road parking, which, of course, is a huge selling point for many homeowners.
With many households now owning more than one vehicle, having sufficient driveway space to keep your cars off the road is very attractive to would-be buyers.
There are many different types of driveway surfacing, including block paving, resin-bound gravel, loose gravel, tarmac and asphalt.
Of course, each type of surfacing varies in price, but each type of surfacing is capable of giving your driveway a unique look.
Installing a driveway can also reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep your front garden looking neat and tidy.
As it is the first thing that people see when they visit your home, ensuring your driveway is neat and tidy is a great way to add value to your property.
2. Install Decking
Decking can be a cost-effective way to create additional patio space in a garden, providing a hard standing for tables and chairs, or even sun loungers.
Decking can also create an interesting feature in a garden and it tends to have a softer, more natural feel than other types of hard standing surfaces, such as block paving.
When it comes to choosing your preferred type of decking board, these days you have plenty of options.
You have softwood, hardwood and even composite plastic to choose from.
Each has its various strengths and weaknesses and, of course, price range, too.
Softwood is the most cost-effective, but it also requires the highest level of maintenance and will need regular treatment to keep in tip-top condition.
In recent years, composite plastic decking boards have become very popular in the landscaping industry.
Some manufacturers are offering 25-year warranties and claiming that composite decking boards can last a lifetime. Of course, plastic decking boards tend to be considerably more expensive than softwood, but for many, the additional cost is worth it.
Whether large or small, adding a deck to your garden is another excellent way to add value to your property.
3. Build a Pergola
Pergolas are a fantastic way to create an interesting feature within a garden.
Pergolas tend to work best when built alongside a pathway or patio, with climbers such as wisteria trained to grow up the posts.
These simple timber structures can give your patio the feeling of being an outdoor room.
The light, airy space is perfect for entertaining guests and relaxing during the warmer months of the year.
Pergolas also tend to be quick and easy to put in place, with most DIYers finding them straightforward to install, especially when purchasing a ready-made, easy to assemble kit.
There are many different designs and styles to choose from and there is something to suit every garden, with both modern and traditional designs available.
Like decking, pergolas can also be constructed from composite fibres to provide a long-lasting investment.
4. Build a Garden Room
Garden rooms are a great way to create additional living space and are perfect for garden offices, games rooms, gyms, additional bedrooms, or just a relaxing place to put your feet up.
Garden rooms can be purchased in either kit form or custom-built to suit your requirements.
There are endless styles to choose from and you’ll be sure to find something that meets your requirements in terms of both aesthetics and functionality.
Construction times are usually relatively quick and you can create additional living space without having to alter the structure of your property in any way.
The only downside to installing a garden room is that they can be pricey, especially if you are looking to go down the bespoke route. But, of course, you can expect a good return on your investment through increased property value.
5. Install a New Fence
There are many different types of fencing that can be used to not only improve your garden aesthetically, but add value to your property, too.
Don’t expect a huge return on your investment, but an attractive fence that is strong and in good condition is important to potential buyers, as it is a job that many prefer not to have to undertake when they first move into a property.
As we have mentioned, fencing can be very attractive, too, and the impact a smart new fence can have on a garden might surprise you.
There are many types of fence panel to choose from, including closeboard, feather edge, waney lap, venetian, picket and chain link.
There are also many different types of materials to choose from these days and it is not just timber panels that are popular – plastic and metal are very robust materials that are excellent choices for a long-lasting fence.
6. Install an Artificial Lawn
Installing artificial grass in your garden is one of the most cost-effective methods of adding value to your property and probably offers you the most bang for your buck on our list.
An artificial lawn is a huge selling point to potential buyers for many reasons.
Firstly, artificial grass will look lush and green all year round, unlike real grass, which can look dry and patchy during the summer months and boggy during the winter.
This also means that it can be used all year round. With our increasingly mild winters, you’ll be sure to find plenty of use for your lawn throughout the entire year.
Of course, this also makes it perfect for families, as the kids will be able to be out in the garden all year round, playing games and having fun.
Artificial grass also offers many advantages for pet owners. It is 100% pet friendly as dogs cannot dig through it and there is no chance of staining from urine or excrement.
One of the biggest draws for many homeowners is its ultra-low maintenance nature.
You can ditch the lawnmower, strimmer and chemicals as you’ll no longer be needing those with an artificial lawn.
Contrary to popular belief, there is a degree of maintenance involved, but fortunately it is minimal, giving you more time to spend in your garden relaxing rather than working.
Having an artificial lawn installed needn’t be expensive, either.
It is a very cost-effective home improvement and one of the most profitable on our list.
You can find out further information on how much it might cost to have an artificial lawn installed here.
For a free installation quote, contact your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer.
We hope you have found our list of garden home improvements useful; perhaps it has even inspired you to improve your garden for the better.
If spent wisely, investing your money in your garden can offer fantastic returns on your hard-earned cash.
Although some of the improvements on our list might require significant investment, fortunately you don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to transform your garden, either.
Investing in your garden will add additional value to your property with the added bonus that whilst you remain at your current residence, you’ll get to enjoy the many benefits that having a beautiful garden can bring.
Have we missed anything from our list? Do you know of any other ways to add value to a garden? Do you disagree with anything we’ve said?
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