One of the biggest selling points people look for when buying a house is outside space. Especially for families or those with pets, a garden can make or break their decision to buy a property. However, there are also some pitfalls you need to avoid.
1. ‘Bigger is better’
The age-old myth ‘bigger is better’. Of course, ideally it would be lovely to have plenty of space for the children or pets to roam and to host parties and BBQ’s throughout the summer months. However, we live in Britain, which sadly means the times you won’t be using your garden for these times, largely outweighs when you will.
Also, if you needed a better reason than the rainy weather, save yourself some money! The larger the garden the higher the property price by between 5-20% Source. If you don’t need the large garden, you can always use that money elsewhere in the house. Or use it for the garden to create the perfect space with what you have. Buy a shed, a table set or even a water feature, something that will make you glad you opted for the smaller space.
2. Too much greenery
We can all start out with the best of intentions when we buy a new home. Promise ourselves that we will maintain the upkeep of the house and the garden, but sometimes life gets in the way and the house will take priority.
When you view the garden, take note of whether the grass is real or artificial? How many flower beds will you need to tackle? Are there some suspicious looking weeds you are unsure of? For example, Japanese Knotweed has become a big issue Source in properties. The roots can get into foundations, cabling and destroy the structure of your house. This is why it’s so important to limit the greenery in your garden and make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew!
Finally, security, which is what I would consider the most important thing to think about when buying a house with a garden. You wouldn’t buy a house with a dodgy front door, so not treat your garden fence with the same importance?
If you’re going to be spending some money buying a nice table set, garden ornaments, a BBQ etc. you want to protect your investment. As well as secure fencing make sure you also invest in secure storage space. That way you can store all your bikes, garden tools and anything else worth protecting with some peace of mind they are safe from the weather in the winter and any one with sticky fingers wandering past throughout the year.
To conclude, a garden is an added gift when buying a property. However, it can also be a curse if you don’t take these factors into account. Don’t be afraid to be informed and ask questions when viewing the property if something doesn’t feel right. You will be the one reaping the rewards if everything checks out. All that will be left to do is to put your feet up and soak up the sun!