The 20 most important garden trends that will increase the value of your property by up to €10,000

A new study by building and renovation experts, Roofing Megastore, reveals the top 20 garden trends that have the greatest potential to add value to your home in 2022, and 15 ‘garden failures’ that could reduce the value of your home by over £80,000 if they re not fixed before sale.

The findings come from Roofing Megastore’s Garden Trends Report, which surveyed more than 2,000 potential buyers to identify the garden trends they most value right now and would make them reconsider their bid for a property they were considering buying reduce.

Garden improvements that maximize the value of your home

In the last two years, our outdoor spaces have become more important than ever, and flexible living and socializing at home dominate the top 10 most valuable garden improvements.

With this in mind, a conservatory is the most valuable garden feature, potentially adding almost £8,500 to the value of your home, and garden rooms for the home office are now second on a buyer’s wish list for things to have in a garden for over £7,200 £ to the value of a property. A garden gym, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor entertaining area, and a hot tub also make the top 10.

Just outside the top 10, buyers would now pay an extra £5,600 for a home with a garden bar. A built in pizza oven would add £5,100 and a built in BBQ could add £5,000 to the value of a home.

Top 20 garden trends that will increase the value of your home

rank

improvement of the garden

increase in value

1

conservatory

£8,449

2

Garden room in the home office

£7,261

3

Fitness room/studio room in the garden

£7,124

4

orangery

£6,595

5

outdoor kitchen

£6,385

6

Outdoor entertainment/dining area

£6,164

7

South facing garden

£6,161

8th

jacuzzi

£5,809

9

New paved terrace

£5,752

10

New patio area

£5,638

11

garden bar

£5,624

12

Mature plants/trees/flowers

£5,224

13

Tree house for children

£5,158

14

Glasshouse

£5,157

15

Built-in pizza oven

£5,135

16

Built-in outdoor grill

£5,062

17

West facing garden

£5,008

18

artificial grass

£4,999

19

pergola

£4,980

20

New garden house

£4,916

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With the increased amount of time many of us have been spending at home and in our gardens during the pandemic, it’s understandable how many buyers are interested in maximizing the amount of sunshine they receive in their outdoor space.

South-facing gardens are historically the most valuable, with sunshine from dawn to dusk during the summer months, and they could also add £6,161 to a home’s value. A house with a west-facing garden would add £5,008 to its value. But an east-facing garden could reduce the value of a property by £4,984 and a north-facing garden could reduce the value of a house by £5,318.

Garden Mistakes to Fix Before Selling

Many of the issues that would cause buyers to discount their listings are related to elements of the garden that need repairing. If you are unfortunate enough to have all 15 ‘garden bugs’ your home could lose over £83,364 in value, but many of the problems can be fixed either for free or for very little investment.

A moldy conservatory roof proved to be the biggest deterrent to potential buyers, taking £6,140 off the value of your home. Close behind were damaged garden walls, no lawn, broken gutters and a damaged patio.

A damaged garden wall could result in bids being reduced by almost £6,000. Broken gutters would reduce the value of a house by £5,800 and broken fences would reduce a house’s resale value by £5,500.



Outdoor spaces are very important when trying to sell a home

Other faults that could be fixed for free in just hours are decking that just needs cleaning – this would shy away buyers by £5,700. Garbage and debris in the garden would save £5,500 and if children’s play equipment and toys were on display buyers would be bidding £5,000 less than if they had been neatly cleaned up and stored out of sight.

The 15 most common “garden mistakes” that are most likely to reduce the value of your home

rank

improvement of the garden

impairment

1

Moldy or dirty conservatory or orangery roof

£6,140

2

Damaged garden walls

£5,988

3

No lawn

£5,871

4

Broken gutter

£5,807

5

Cracked or damaged terrace

£5,804

6

Invasive or damaging plants

£5,720

7

Old or moldy decking boards

£5,712

8th

Damaged covering

£5,610

9

Garbage or debris in the garden

£5,554

10

Broken fences

£5,384

11

Garden facing north

£5,318

12

Dead trees or plants

£5,215

13

Overgrown weeds in paths and borders

£5,155

14

Pond

£5,061

15

Children’s play equipment and toys everywhere

£5,025

Gian-Carlo Grossi, Managing Director of Roofing Megastore, said: “Taking care of your garden is so important because moldy roofs, damaged decking and broken gutters can significantly reduce the value of your home. Not only can a neglected garden be unhealthy and unsightly to look at, it often just takes simple maintenance or DIY to fix many of the problems that deter buyers the most.

“So many of us have been spending far more time at home since the pandemic began, meaning there has been a massive increase in demand for garden facilities such as garden offices, garden studio spaces, and outdoor cooking and entertaining spaces. This shift in demand is reflected in our study, with homeowners willing to pay several thousand pounds more for properties featuring these items.”

To read the full Garden Trends Report and get a step-by-step guide to simple ways to enhance your garden visit: https://www.roofingmegastore.co.uk/garden-trends-2022

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