Buyers Want Gardens And Office Space – Meet Their Needs

24th September 2020 posted in SELLERS LANDLORDS

When it comes to selling your Biggleswade home, you need to connect with buyers. At Country Properties Biggleswade, we know the local housing market, and we know what buyers are looking for in their next home.

Of course, a lot has changed in the housing market of late. Buyer needs have evolved, but we are still here to help you connect with buyers, and present your home in the most appropriate manner. Many of the traditional elements desired by buyers are still present, so there aren’t too many changes to consider, but by subtly refocusing how you present your home, you should attract significant numbers of likely buyers.

Garden space has long been important for buyers, but in recent times, the need for outdoor space has increased. A Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors published in June details this evolving need. Over 80% of estate agents who responded said they expect demand for outdoor space to increase in the next two years.

Simon Rubinsohn is the chief economist at the Rics, and he said; “There are already signs that those looking to buy a house are responding to the conditions created by the pandemic by seeking out properties with gardens or balconies and nearer green space. These and other similar features are likely to increasingly command a premium over higher density urban locations according to respondents to the survey.”

There has also been similar information shared by Rightmove and Zoopla in recent months. According to Rightmove, 39% of buyers have made garden space and a larger home their priorities for their next move.

Remote working is another factor to consider

With remote working tipped to become a common part of life, people will have a greater sense of freedom in where they can live and work. This will drive interest in market towns, but it will also leave prospective buyers looking for a suitable workspace.

In some homes, there will be an obvious space which can be utilised to work. However, many people are looking for an office space which allows them to separate home and work. An office in the garden might be the best solution for people; and this is likely to become a factor in the housing market.

Aedan Mackel of ArdMackel Architects said; “I’ve seen a growing interest in off-the-shelf home office, ranging from £10,000-£15,000 which is built off-site and delivered to your back garden. The more sophisticated models will be wired for electricity and plumbed to allow for running water and toilet and while some people try to link the work space to their home, the preferred option is to have it as a stand-alone work-life unit in the back garden.”

In line with Government guidelines, our Biggleswade branch has reopened and is again staffed with sales and lettings personnel.  If you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01767 317799 or email biggleswade@country-properties.co.uk.