Value of Gardens
Trying to Add Value to Your Home? Don’t Overlook the Garden!
According to a recent ‘Express’ article a well-maintained garden can add up to 20% to the value of a property. For the average property in the UK this can equal £60,000. So, it can be well worth the effort to look after our gardens especially in capital strategies. Of course, many members of the Fielding Family will confirm the value of a good garden to a property but for the newcomers it may come as a surprise how much can be made. This ‘Express’ article may even provide some information to the experts as they go over some specific things that can be done to ensure a nice garden.
Most valuable plants for a property.
Shootgardening.co.uk did research on all plants to find which ones boost property prices the most. The top five trees and the average value they have look like this:
- Chinese Magnolia – £8,500
- Evergreen Yew/ Portuguese Laurel – £1,900
- Flowering Cherries -£1,800
- Cut Leaved Japanese Maple – £1,500
- Evergreen Magnolia -£1,500
I know some of you will be thinking that these will be hard work and expensive, but my research has shown this not to be the case. Most of these trees, and even for large specimens, can be bought for under £100. For the amount of value they can create this is relatively cheap. Although many of these trees are not native to the UK they are all well suited to growing here. They thrive in temperate climates with lots of moisture, couldn’t be any more at home with British weather! The only factor that may affect you choose is how big they get. For example, the Chinese Magnolia is quite large but the Japanese Maples are a favourite of British gardeners thanks to their moderate size.
The article also details some plants that can cause damage to properties and so are not worth the boost in value they can cause. The three main culprits in the UK are:
- Large Pine Trees
- Weeping Willows
- Lawson Cypress
So hopefully this article provides some helpful tips for investors even those experienced ones out there. If you are interested in finding out all the other ways of adding value to your property make sure to come along to one of our 3-day property courses.
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