Stage Your Outdoor Space To Sell Your Baldock Home

24th July 2020 posted in SELLERS

It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn there is significant demand for garden space from buyers in the property market right now. Garden space has always been an attractive feature for property buyers, but in the current circumstances, a garden space is likely to be a priority.

If you plan on selling your home, it is important you connect with likely buyers. As many vendors will be showcasing their garden, you need to ensure your garden is more appealing than the gardens in other properties. There are a lot of stunning gardens in and around Baldock, so there is a high barrier to reach, but by staging your garden, you can connect with likely buyers.

Vendors have been staging the inside of their home with much success, and now it is time to devote the same care and attention to the outdoor space of your property.

The demand for outdoor space is obvious

The first monthly market survey report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) since the housing market re-opened provides a number of reasons why vendors must focus on the outside of their property.

The RICS survey collects opinions of agents across the country, so it offers useful insight into what property market professionals expect to see in the industry. The survey reported:

·         81% of agents predict an increase in desire for homes which have a garden or a balcony

·         74% of respondents predict an increase in demand for homes located close to a green space

·         68% of respondents believe properties with privacy and less communal space will be in greater demand

Simon Rubinsohn is the Chief Economist at 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.”

Gardens matter for property buyers

There has also been backing for these predictions from one of the leading property portals in the United Kingdom. Their studies suggest that while gardens have always been a popular search term for buyers, there has been an increase in prospective buyers looking for outdoor space in their next home.

Rightmove’s housing market analyst Miles Shipside said; “During lockdown people have been re-evaluating what their must-haves are, and both buyers and renters are craving a home with its own outside space rather than a flat. Usually home-movers tell us the kitchen photographs are the most important when they’re looking at a property advert, but now agents should consider giving greater prominence to pictures of gardens and outdoor spaces to attract the attention of prospective renters and buyers.”

There is consensus that outdoor space is important. Of course, when outdoor space becomes a common feature in the market, there is a need to ensure your garden stands out for the right reasons.

This is why staging outdoor space is going to become a critical feature in the property market.

Consider these areas when staging outdoor space to sell your home

·         Always start with the decluttering and cleaning process, as this creates space and makes the area look more attractive

·         Carry out repair work, focusing on paths, property walls and property doors and windows

·         Create borders around different types of plants and flowers

·         Mow the lawn and ensure all borders are tidy

·         Ensure all border barriers, such as fences, are in good condition

·         Consider adding lighting to the outside of the property as this will enhance security, safety and functionality

·         If you have space for people to gather, consider adding garden furniture

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.