Smart Gardening

Take a look at what the professionals had to say.

We have conducted many interviews and undertaken research over the last two years with people in the property business and now seems to be the time to re-invest in your home as it helps to maintain its value, aid saleability and also has huge benefits for both yourself and potential future buyers.

bennettsBennetts Auctioneers in Sandymount observe that well maintained gardens undoubtedly helps sell houses. Nigel Bennett advises that prospective purchasers are certainly influenced by the kerb appeal of most properties. Often when the house isn’t on view, but has a for sale sign outside, potential purchasers will walk by, and decide whether or not they will arrange an inspection appointment solely based on the exterior of the house and the front garden. Gardens are one of the most important factors that buyers consider when purchasing, its size, orientation and presentation are all very relevant.

Whilst one may be limited by size and orientation, a professionally landscaped garden can enhance its presentation and make a small garden look larger with clever planting and pathways, and strategically placed patios to capture the best of the sunlight. Bennetts Auctioneers suggest that a rear garden is like another reception area and if brought to its full potential through landscaping and maintenance it can be enjoyed throughout the year.

maherMaher Gleeson Estates. In our opinion and experience in the property business we have always found that a well designed and built garden or landscape can help a property retain its value.

Also we have always looked favourably towards professionally installed gardens helping property’s achieve a higher price and sell more quickly”.

okeeffeeO’Keeffe Estates. We are a Residential Letting Agency who specialise in the upper end of the rental market offering accommodation to Embassy Staff, and Senior Professionals. In our experience, we have always found that a well designed, landscaped garden can set a property apart from other similar properties making it easier to rent.

“This area can work out from a few hundred Euros to many thousands. Landscaping is down to your individual preference. You can either take it on yourself or you can pay for a professional landscape gardener to do everything for you and if you can afford it this is the route to take.
Remember, a well landscaped garden will add value to your property.”
http://www.iaosb.com/ Irish Association of Self Builders

“Research figures show that when it comes to viewings, prospective buyers form an opinion within 30 seconds of seeing the property’s exterior. How prospective buyers initially react to the exterior can have a major impact on eventual interest. Since it is the exterior which is the first thing the buyer sees, first impressions are very important. This critical 30 seconds could make the difference between a sale and disappointment. Giving the house that extra bit of TLC (tender loving care) will help to optimise the sales potential. Sellers would be wise to remember that many buyers consider the garden areas critically important aspects when buying a house.”
http://www.myhome.ie/

“Don’t build an extension at the expense of your garden. Outside space is a selling point so you could do more damage than good if an extension is too big. If you live in an area where parking is costly, concreting a front garden will require planning permission and could cost £10,000 or more, but it could add double this in value in some cities.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/

“Good use of outside space can increase the value of your home by up to 20 percent, according to Phil Spencer, presenter of TV’s Location, Location, Location.”
http://www.homeimprovementloans.org.uk/

“If you do want to add value to your home, simple improvements to your garden can make a big difference. Website This Is Money says that ‘it’s safe to assume that for most buyers, a house with a garden is more attractive than one without. In cities, they tend to be rarer, so every square metre adds value.”
http://www.homeimprovementloans.org.uk/

“The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10 percent of the home’s value in landscaping. Landscape architecture goes beyond plantings, or softscaping, to include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools, and ponds. Outdoor rooms, terraces, and decks are also high-yield structural or hardscaping investments.”

www.bobvila.com

“Your home is an extremely important place, both in personal and financial terms. Property is undoubtedly a valuable asset. Gardens, though, are a frequently undervalued part of this asset. In fact, paying care and attention to your garden can greatly increase the value of your property as a whole.”

“According to a large industry retailer and supplier, Hartley Botanic, ‘having an attractive garden could be the answer to sellers’ needs’.”

“Speaking as head of the estate agent Douglas and Gordon in South London, George Franks has also said ‘A cracking south-facing garden can increase a property’s value by between 2 and 10 percent. If you have two houses worth £800,000, the one with a garden will cost £50,000 more’.”
http://www.homequotedirect.co.uk

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