September 17, 2019   |   ashton

Is your garden hindering the sale of your home


A recent survey carried out by property website Zoopla and the Society of Garden Designers, has suggested that nearly half (47%) of the people surveyed have been put off buying or renting a property by the condition of the garden.

Half (50%) of the 2,000 people surveyed believe a good garden layout is as or more important than a well-designed bathroom or kitchen.

People said they spend an average of £678 a year to keep their current gardens, terraces and courtyards in good condition.

Nearly nine in 10 (86%) renters and home owners surveyed said they consider their outside space to be either very or extremely important.

Zoopla spokeswoman Laura Howard said: “The annual weather in the UK might be changeable but the requirement for a garden is steadfast.”

The survey also asked people to rank their favourite garden design features, with having somewhere to relax coming out top.

  1. Somewhere to sit and relax (36%)
  2. Maximum sunlight throughout the day/South facing (15%)
  3. Somewhere for the children to play (12%)
  4. Flowers/shrubs (8%)
  5. A space for pets (7%)
  6. Somewhere to entertain (6%)
  7. Growing my own fruit/vegetables (4%)
  8. Extra storage space/shed (2%)
  9. A water feature (0.4%)

We’re not suggesting you need to do a makeover worthy of Chelsea but with figures like these maybe it’s time to grab those secateurs and lawn mower!

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