Make it great outdoors


Just like the interior of your house, a garden with some USPs not only makes life much more enjoyable, it can also ultimately boost the value of your property.

Here are some fantastic outdoor projects that are great for you and your home.


Shed your inhibitions

Adding a shed provides a very useful storage space for all sorts of things and this in itself is a huge selling point to potential buyers who love gardening, pottering about with hobbies or are serial hoarders.

If it’s solid enough and has power – thanks to a registered electrician – a shed can even be used as an office, an arts and crafts room or chill-out zone.

But beyond being a home to spades, shears, spreadsheets and model aircraft kits, a shed should also be a thing of beauty, so don’t allow this wooden structure to become tired and rickety.

Go wild and show some TLC at least once a year with a new lick of paint or varnish and a deep clean of the interior.


Hey good lookin’!

What you got cookin’? Yes, an outdoor barbeque and adjoining ‘entertainment area’ – aka table and chairs – are always welcome additions to your outdoor space.

Add some timber decking and you have a readymade al fresco living room.

Not only is this a talking point for neighbours and visitors but it’s also a great hub for family get-togethers – no matter what time of year it is.

If you ever decide to sell, showcasing this space invites potential buyers to imagine long, hot summers and garden parties . . . and so adds an extra enticement to buy.


Enjoy an outdoor spa

It used to be you’d have to go to your local leisure centre or hotel to experience a sauna and hot tub, but not anymore. It’s becoming increasingly popular to have these spa facilities in your own garden.

While they may be a little more expensive to install they do provide proven health benefits as well as being a whole lot of fun.

Oh, and they also directly add value to your property. Turn up the bubbles!


Grow your own

A greenhouse is a clear winner when it comes to boosting the value of your home. As well as providing the possibility of growing flowers and shrubs that wouldn’t ordinarily thrive in our temperamental climate, it can be a great way to improve your own diet.

Tomatoes and other fruits and a huge variety of veg can be grown in the greenhouse, allowing you to be that little bit more self-sufficient.

Of course, it’s also a blooming marvelous USP for green-fingered house viewers, should you ever wish to uproot and move home.


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