Written by Paisley Tedder

6 garden changes that will add value to your property

Our gardens are a source of inspiration at the moment as we enjoy the warmer weather, but did you know a few tweaks can add tens of thousands to your property’s value? We got the expert lowdown…

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Come the warmer months, a garden is a pride and joy. While in the UK our outdoor areas are largely ignored from when the sun goes in during September, up until the first showings in April, but for the in-between period, that is where you’ll find us. So what garden DIY jobs will help increase the value of your property?

The experts at MyToolShed shared their research with us, so you can organise your garden strategically this summer…

Deck it out

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Decking is always on trend, and is great for housing garden furniture, outdoor dining sets, and even a hot tub! It looks the part and will save any potential buyers a big job, and as a result can increase your homes value by 10%, that’s 25k added to the average house price of £249,309.

Read more: 7 garden flooring ideas to try this summer

A lick of paint

Don’t underestimate the difference painting can make to any aspect of your property. Outside in particularly, adding exterior paint updates the look of your home and adds instant kerb appeal. Not only that, but it will also increase the value by 5% or 12.5k based on the average house price. Not bad compared to the cost of a couple of tins of paint!

Read more: How to fix the 5 most common painting problems

Weatherproof exterior walls

As something that will help to solve external damp, and help protect your home from the wonderfully wet British weather, weatherproofing is always a good idea. It will also add 9k to the average home value or 3.6%, so definitely worth considering.

Adding a firepit

Firepit on balcony with wooden deck chairs, goodhomesmagazine.com

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As one of this year’s must-have accessories, investing in a warming firepit will mean your al fresco summer evenings will last long into the night. Choosing the right one will not only mean you can keep warm, but can also double up as a source of light, and somewhere to toast marshmallows and other treats. To top it off though, a quality firepit will add as much as £3k or 1.2% to the price of your home.

Read more: 5 best firepits for evenings spent outdoors

Bring in a garden building

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While this might seem like a costly move, outhouses, summerhouses, and more have flourished over the last year and a bit due to the stay-at-home restrictions. Everything from outdoor home offices, outdoor gyms and more are becoming essentials for the home and therefore will raise the price of your property by 5%, or 12.5k of the average home. Get some inspiration from AJ Odudu in her gorgeous summer house setup.

Let the outside in with bifolding doors

Merging indoors and outdoors is another huge trend, whether you’re combining the spaces with flooring or a conservatory space, this is really popular at the moment. One way to do so is by investing in bifolding doors. Enabling you to easily look out into your garden, which means you can look into the space and seamlessly enjoy your outdoor area all year round. Bifolding doors will also increase the value by 10% or 25k of the average house price.

 

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