Tim Firth, director of sales at Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Weybridge branch, provides insight into the value outdoor features can add to your home.
We are now firmly into the busy spring property market season, and for those looking to sell their home in the commuter belt it is essential they ensure buyers are able to imagine themselves making good, active use of their home’s garden. A good-size private garden, on average, adds 15% to the selling price of a property in the Surrey area, so making the most of it by ensuring it is well-maintained and various areas of focus (for example, a patio area for entertaining and BBQs or an area with equipment such as swings for children) are clearly defined, will ensure the outdoor space does add its potential value. Demand for homes with lovely gardens and other outdoor features fluctuates with the seasons. During the colder months potential buyers on a viewing rarely venture into the garden, unable to imagine what it will be like in the summer when they will be looking to make the most of it. However, at this time of the year an attractive and functional garden space holds much more significance.
When it comes to outdoor features, those looking to purchase property in the private estates of Weybridge, Esher, Cobham and Oxshott will often be swayed by a tennis court. They are particularly attractive to families with children who have regular lessons and want to hone their skills further and, of course, a tennis court is great for entertainment. Tennis courts can add around £50,000 to the price of a home. When looking to sell it is important to ensure the tennis court has a well-maintained appearance, which will help prospective buyers imagine themselves making use of it. If it is perceived as needing a lot of work and upkeep, a buyer might not feel it is worth the significant premium.
Swimming pools tend to deter a number of buyers due to the high level of
maintenance involved, but in the right area and for the right type of buyer who sees the benefits, they can add value to a property, in the region of £100,000. Large homes in the Surrey area with swimming pools are highly sought after by families, but it is essential that they are perceived as safe. Ways to achieve this include fencing or a walk-on cover.
Now is the ideal time to put your home on the market, so make sure your garden is well-maintained and ready for the summer. If you would like further information on how you can add value to your property or would like to market your home through Jackson-Stops & Staff, please call the team on 01932 821160.