05 May Growth In Demand For Homes With Gardens
It is no surprise that homeowners who have access to a garden are feeling a bit more content with life right now. With lockdown restrictions limiting people’s options to be outside, homes with gardens are a great boon right now. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden space at home, we hope you are making the most of it right now.
When lockdown lifts and the market moves forward, there is a strong chance many people will make having a garden at their home a priority. With concerns about a second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, or any other similar issue, it is easy to see why some buyers will look for a house which allows them to make more of their time at home.
Of course, gardens have always been popular for buyers. Zoopla announced that “garden” was in the top three search terms used by prospective purchasers in the UK in 2019. The other two words in the top three were “garage” and “parking”.
Homes with gardens add value to a property
Gardens have a significant impact on what homeowners feel about their house and how prospective buyers think about a potential new home. Studies indicate a well-maintained garden can add between 5% and 20% in value to a home. Features such as real grass, outdoor seating areas and sheds are popular with property buyers and can draw attention to a property listing.
It is also clear people love spending time in their garden. On average, it has been found people in the UK spend around 114 hours each year gardening. As we move forward, it is not unreasonable to assume people will want to plant more fruit or vegetables in their garden.
Your garden can make life easier during lockdown
There probably won’t be a wave of households looking to become self-sufficient, but there will surely be an increase in people looking to have access to some fruit and vegetables at their property. Anything which decreases the need to panic buy is a positive thing for homeowners. Just think, if you co-ordinate with neighbours, you could cover a wide array of fruit and vegetables, swapping around to ensure houses in your street have a healthy mix of foods cultivated at home.
Rightmove have also looked into the demand for property with gardens, and they have highlighted this is likely to become a key criterion for tenants in the future too. A spokesperson for Rightmove 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, however.”
Gardens have long been a prominent feature in the housing market, and this is going to be the case for many years to come. Anyone with free time now should consider improving their homes with gardens. This is an activity which will offer short and long-term benefits, and it could even increase the value of your property.
If you are looking for help with any matter of the Darlington property market, it is best to speak to property professionals. No one knows for sure what is going to happen next, so we won’t claim to have all the answers, but the Anthony Jones team is keen to help you as best we can. If you would like to contact us over housing matters, please call us today on 01325 776424.