External post by Frederic Shaw
If your property has a garden, you’ll know just how useful it can be. A garden can be a play area for children, a social space in the summer, and the perfect place to indulge a love of gardening. However, it can be easy to prioritise other parts of our homes over the garden – and that’s not necessarily a good idea.
Here’s why your garden is such a crucial element of your property, and some easy ways to make it one of the best parts of your home.
The importance of a nice garden
First of all, a well-kept and attractive garden isn’t just a nice place to spend your time. According to GetAgent, it can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%.
If you’re planning on selling your home, the importance of “kerb appeal” should not be underestimated; in fact, it’s thought that the average house hunter will make a decision on your property in as little as ten minutes. Therefore, if you’re thinking about selling, you should really consider how your garden looks.
Even if you don’t want to sell any time soon, your plans may change in the future. By making some simple changes now, you could save yourself time and money later.
How to spruce up your garden
If you’ve never considered yourself to be green-fingered, growing more plants is one of the simplest ways to spruce up your garden. Whether you prefer to grow edible produce or flowers, you can easily pick up some bulbs, seeds or plants at your local garden centre.
Make sure you also regularly mow the lawn, and get rid of any weeds. Not only are these unsightly, but certain types can damage your plants.
Once your garden is looking smarter, you might like to consider playing around with space. Even if your garden is tiny, there are things you can do to make it seem more spacious. If it’s walled or fenced in, mirrors can really open up the space and reflect light into darker areas. You should also choose garden furniture carefully; nothing makes a garden look more cramped than an oversized table and chairs. You might even want to consider planting vertically, which can save space and make a plain wall or fence look much more attractive.
Another great way to make your garden look tidier is to build a shed. Doing this can create more space for activities and hobbies. A shed can also provide vital storage; this will reduce clutter in your garden, and make it easier to store and access tools and equipment. And depending on the material and paints used, a shed can greatly enhance the look of your garden too.
The importance of your garden as an integral aspect of your home should not be underestimated – particularly if you’re looking to sell your property. Following these simple tips can help to boost the value of your home, while also making it a more practical and enjoyable place to live in.
What’s your number one tip to spruce up your garden?