Selling your home can be one of the most stressful things to do, making your home look inviting and highlighting its best features can be the essential factor in whether your house sells or not. These days, with so many people moving into urban, city areas, outdoor space is becoming a rare commodity and it could be argued that it is no longer as much of a necessity as it once was.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or outdoor space, it could be the key to successfully selling your home. Recently, Ecoscape composite decking conducted a survey of over 1000 people, to find out just how important having a garden is to buyers and whether having a garden would be a make or break factor when making the final decision.
Having a private outdoor space used to be a necessity for those looking to start a family or those already with children. Today, more and more professionals are looking to have their own outdoor space that they can use to escape the hustle and bustle of city centres and the four walls of an office.
Out of the 1000 people surveyed, 56.2% overall said that having a garden would be a big deciding factor when looking to buy a new home. A greater number of people in rural and suburban areas said that having a garden was essential, these people in particular will be those already with young families and those looking to start their own families.
Depending on where your home is based, it may be worth focusing more time and energy on you outdoor space, to make it as appealing as possible. If you are situated in a suburban or rural area, having a garden will be expected by potential buyers.
Out of the participants who live in urban areas, only 53.6% said that having a garden would be important. Urban living is more or less situated in apartments, and studio flats, meaning that people looking in those areas are less likely to expect a luscious, spacious garden.
When looking at the age ranges, those aged between 35 and 44 were more likely to buy a property if it has a garden, the average age of people looking to settle down. Those younger than 35 are more likely to live in the urban areas that predominantly don’t have gardens, which shows in a lower percentage saying they would be happier with a garden. The same applies to those over the age of 44, as the age starts to increase and you reach retirement age, the need for a garden decreases. The majority of those aged over 60 will want a home that requires less maintenance and work, therefore having a garden will be a lower priority.
Despite young, urban professionals being on the rise, new buyers are still eager to have a garden of their own. Some may want a space for their families and friends, some may want an area to escape from the business of the concrete city centres. No matter what their reasoning, gardens are undeniably an important part of a modern day home and making sure yours is in tip top condition could be the deciding factor when it comes to buyers putting an ever important offer in.