Future proof your home

23rd March 2023

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According to research from Zoopla and the Society of Garden Designers in 2022, 50% of people property searching revealed that they consider the garden more important than the interior space.

You may or may not be surprised to discover that kitchens are no longer the deal breaker; but a private garden is now at the top of the “must have” list.

Three years ago the pandemic shifted our perspective. The focus is now firmly on gardens and outside space as people seek a change in lifestyle. Ideal Home magazine reported searches by potential buyers for homes with gardens were up 42% in May 2020, compared to May 2019. With the same search even higher for renters, up 84%.

The good news is, if you have a garden your home’s curb appeal has already increased so why not make the most of it and maximise it’s full potential – not only for your own enjoyment but to future proof your home.

According to the mental health charity Mind, over 7 million people have taken up gardening since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Their research shows that spending more time in nature has boosted nation’s wellbeing.

Spending more time at home for months on end during the pandemic has certainly made us appreciate what outside space we own but it also highlighted potential areas we would like to change. People are clamouring to redesign their gardens to really make the space work for them.

Lockdown well and truly shone a light on any flaws and deficits our gardens might have. Now is the time, if you can, to invest in your garden because you are one of the lucky ones.

Here are some useful guides:

Planning changes in the garden
Garden design tips
Transform an urban garden
Create a modern garden
Plants with purpose
Improve don’t move