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I’m a homes expert – the garden hacks to increase the value of your home

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IF YOU want to increase the value of your home without spending a fortune getting the builders in, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think that in order to increase the value of your property, you need to fork out thousands on an extension or modernising your kitchen and bathrooms.

If you want to increase the value of your home, here's some top expert tips


If you want to increase the value of your home, here’s some top expert tipsCredit: Getty

While this may be correct, it turns out that sprucing up your garden is another great way to increase the value of your home, and fear not, you don’t have to be green-fingered to succeed.

St. Modwen Homes have revealed that making some small changes to your garden can make a big difference to the house price.  

And what perfect time to get started? With the weather warming up and a heatwave on the horizon, it’s once again that time of year where we start thinking about spending more time in the garden. 

So with outdoor space being such a huge asset to our properties, and research revealing it to be the most important consideration when it comes to finding a new home, what better time than now to transform yours with a little DIY? 

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So, how exactly do you get started? Award-winning and national housebuilder, St. Modwen Homes, has delved a little deeper into all things garden to reveal its top five tips to help you start putting your green space first.

A pergola is a must

The hugely popular and trending garden accessory of 2022, the pergola, is a great way to boost your garden space. 

With Google searches up 80% in the past 30 days alone, you can be sure your garden will be the talk of the neighbourhood, as this popular trend is set to be a must-have this summer and for years to come. 

Perfect for the summer months, and super useful when those pesky spring showers make an appearance, a pergola creates a comfortable outside space that provides shelter from the unpredictable British weather. 

And if that wasn’t enough to convince you to start pergola shopping, did you know research also suggests it could increase the value of your home by up to £4,980.

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Make sure your garden is secure

One easy way to increase the value of your garden is to ensure it is gated and secure. 

Recent research suggested that 76% of property experts believe that secure fencing, gates, or walls will contribute additional value to your garden in an instant. 

As well as this, optional upgrades such as outdoor wall lights offer an extra level of security as well as serving as a useful feature during those darker evenings.

Build a shed

Recent survey results from property experts revealed a shed is likely to add the most value to your property, with 82% of participants claiming a decent-sized shed is the most cited feature to do so. 

A shed is a great way to take your garden to the next level, allowing you to safely store anything from tools and equipment to bikes and footballs.

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If you don’t need the extra storage space, why not spruce up your shed, and turn it into a multi-functional room. 

Creating this extra area to your garden is the perfect way to immediately improve the value of your property without the cost of a full extension.

Install a patio

Add a sense of luxury to your garden by installing a beautiful patio – the perfect space to BBQ, relax, and sunbathe this summer. 

Not only is this a great way to turn your garden into a paradise, but recent research also suggests it can add up to £5,752 in value to your property.

If you’ve got a bit of extra money to spend, get some patio furniture to create the perfect alfresco dining area. 

And to further enhance your new garden spot, why not install some outdoor lighting to the area? 

Think twinkly lights, lanterns, or even a firepit for the ultimate cosy atmosphere.

Go for a garden pod

Got some money saved and feel like taking your garden to the next level? Why not splurge and treat yourself to a garden pod. 

These versatile structures give you a range of additional options to create your dream garden setup and can increase your property value by up to 5%.

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With a whole variety of ways to use this space, recent survey results suggest welcoming either a home gym or an external office space to add value to your property.

What’s more, with many people now working from home, these handy garden pods are the perfect addition to create your dream external office space.   

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