I’m a real estate expert – how to add $2,500 in value to your home with simple garden improvements

RESEARCH shows that the right garden can increase the value of a property by at least five percent.

And with the right additions, that value can increase by as much as $2,500.

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In a study, 36 real estate agents, real estate professionals and garden designers were asked how the real estate value of a home can be increased through the gardenPhoto credit: Getty
Water features such as fountains or ponds accounted for 58 percent

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Water features such as fountains or ponds accounted for 58 percentPhoto credit: Getty

According to House Beautiful, a study conducted by Sellhousefast.uk interviewed 36 estate agents, property professionals and garden designers to see how the garden can add value to a home.

Experts have found that the part of the garden that adds the most value to a property is the shed.

A whopping 82 percent of real estate professionals said a decent-sized shed was viewed most as the thing that would add value to a home.

Next on the list, at 76 percent, was a quality patio or paving, and slightly below that, at 72 percent, was a secure gate, fence, or wall.

Adequate outdoor lighting was 66 percent, while stable patio was 62 percent.

Water features such as fountains or ponds landed at 58 percent, well-designed garden furniture at 54 percent.

And lowest on the list for adding value to your home, with 40 percent of experts citing it, was artificial grass or turf.

In addition, some of the experts in the study shared garden improvement tips.

Nina Hayward, a real estate expert and investor, explained: “Rather than investing in flashy additions, think about what modern property seekers really want from a proper outdoor space. They crave privacy and security, so invest in strong fencing.

“Additionally, additional storage space is always helpful, so a tool shed can be a subtle addition to any garden.

“Pavement would also be ideal where the intended target of the property is families as it would provide the perfect platform for outdoor furniture and fixtures.

“Ensure any changes or additions to the garden are modest, as anything that requires a lot of maintenance could hinder potential residents and, worse, the appraisal price.”

Neil Walter, a real estate agent, advised: “For homeowners looking to sell or rent I always recommend keeping their garden renovations and refurbishments to a moderate level as potential buyers/renters will always have their own idea of ​​how they want things to look .”

And on a few final words, Lauren Pascal, a garden designer, said: “My recommendation is to be cost effective by making minor rather than drastic changes depending on the current condition of your garden.

“Spending a lot on a lush garden does not always correlate with an increase in the value of the property.

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“When a garden is so spread out that most of the area is occupied, then it is very difficult for potential residents to imagine enjoying the outdoors there.

“It may not be an obvious realization, but small changes can have a bigger impact than big changes.”

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