Hitchin Vendors – Buyers Want Outdoor Space And Garden Offices

24th September 2020 posted in SELLERS LANDLORDS

If you plan on selling your Hitchin home, we can help. Not only can we offer you a property valuation service that allows you to move forward with confidence, we can help you connect with likely buyers.

Knowing what buyers are looking for in their next home helps you present your property in the most appealing manner. If you are a Hitchin vendor, you need to know buyers want outdoor spaces and garden offices.

A Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors published in June highlights some of the changes in what buyers deem important, and garden space tops the list of needs. More than 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.”

Rightmove have also shared similar information in recent months. The property portal says 39% of buyers are prioritising garden space and a desire to live in a larger home.

Remote working will shape buyer demand

With remote working set to become an integral feature of life for people, it is natural for buyers to demand office space when looking at property. This might be delivered inside the house, but you can see why a robust and secure office in the garden will appeal to buyers.

There is a need to create a division between home and work, and this is difficult with remote working. Therefore, it is likely many people will look to develop an office space in their garden.

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.”

Hitchin has a lot of green space

Space in and around the home is essential for buyers, but there is a growing desire to have open and green spaces close to home. There is no denying the lockdown period has shaped buyer demand, and what we constitute as acceptable for a happy and healthy homelife.

The Rics survey also said close to three-quarters of industry professionals also said demand for homes which have an external green space, such as a park, will increase in the next few years.

Thankfully, you have a selection of green space in and around Hitchin, which is another impressive point for vendors to present to buyers.

Windmill Hill offers stunning views of the heart of Hitchin. If the weather is pleasant, there are few finer places to enjoy a picnic, and you can work up an appetite with the walk.

We also find Bancroft Gardens to be the ideal setting for a busy day, as there is so much to do. The bandstand demands attention, while the children’s play area is a hugely popular attraction. You will also find a basketball court, bowling greens, a splash park and a private tennis club.

If you are willing to venture outside of the town centre, you can enjoy Butts Close. This is an 11-acre park with a strong sense of history. If you believe the tales from bygone days, Butts Close hosted archery in medieval times.

Currently, in line with Government guidelines, our Hitchin branch has reopened and is again staffed with sales and lettings personnel.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 452951 or email hitchin@country-properties.co.uk.