Homes with gardens are in high demand

27th May 2020 posted in SELLERS LANDLORDS

Anyone who has access to a garden right now is likely to make the most of it. With a garden space, you can enjoy the fresh air and the sunshine without coming into contact with others. Whether you focus on exercising, relaxing or improving the look of your garden area, many people find this space outside of their home to be of great comfort right now.

Of course, not everyone has access to a garden. It is likely that when the market moves forward, homes with gardens are going to be in high demand. How we have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic will influence many people’s behaviour and decisions, and it will undoubtedly play a role in what people look for in a home.

Gardens are an important feature of a home

However, homes with a garden have always been in high demand. Zoopla announced that in 2019, “garden” was in the top three search terms used by prospective property buyers. The other two searches in the top three were “parking”, and “garage”, indicating space is crucial for most home-buyers.

Therefore, anyone who is thinking about selling their home needs to connect with likely buyers, and this means making the most of any garden area you have. Research indicates a well-maintained garden can provide between 5% and 20% in value to a property. Buyers are keen to see sheds, outdoor seating areas and real grass. If you are considering making longer-term improvements to your home, these are the changes buyers wish to see.

Another factor which indicates gardens are crucial in many people’s lives is the amount of time we spend there. It has been stated the average UK homeowner spends around 114 each year in their garden. Again, as we move forward, this is likely to increase.

Gardens offer a safe space for families

While many people are keen to return outdoors as soon as they can, gardens provide a safe space. Even when the lockdown is lifted, you will likely see people spending more time at home, with a garden space being the setting for low-key socialising.

Equally, you might find more people are keen to add an element of self-sustainability to their home-life. This could result in some families growing more fruit and vegetables at home, lowering their food bill and ensuring they have access to fresh food when they want.

As for what is happening now, information on what buyers are looking for in a property is yet to be calculated, but the letting market suggests gardens are in high demand. The letting market moves at a faster pace than the sales market, so trends here will likely be replicated in the housing market in the next few months.

Rightmove offered insight into the demand for gardens in rental property, and a spokesperson for the company said; “Having a garden is often a rarity for many rental properties in larger cities, and so it may be that during lockdown people are rethinking their needs and location and are searching for some outdoor space and tranquillity. That allure may draw them further away from where they have habitually lived and travelled to work from.”

In line with Government guidelines, our Baldock Branch has reopened and is again staffed with our experienced team.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 895061 or 01462 742077, or you could email baldock@country-properties.co.uk or ashwell@country-properties.co.uk.