8th September 2020

The value of outdoor space

The value of outdoor space

An endless lawn mowed with stripes. An elevated decked area, complete with firepit and furniture. And a sweeping gravel driveway that offers a satisfying crunch under car tyres. Just a few of the craved-for factors of a dream home. But how can you measure the value of the ideal outdoor space?

Does outdoor space add value to a home?

The experts are unanimous that outdoor space adds value to a home. Since the Coronavirus crisis, the lure of gardens has only further increased. The BBC reported that while kitchens had previously been key to attracting buyer attention, space and gardens have become the biggest draws. Together with property experts Rightmove, the BBC reported that searches by buyers for homes with gardens were up 42% in the May of lockdown, compared with May 2019.

When it comes to exactly how much value outdoor space can add, the answer is trickier. Mid-pandemic, the impact on house prices is yet to be realised. Although when it comes to marketability, outdoor space and location will likely make a difference as people decide to shun city life for countryside living post-pandemic, especially if sellers can elevate the kerb appeal of their property and create the ideal first impression.

Why is outdoor space so valuable?

Lockdown has revealed just how much outdoor space should be valued – the ability to be outdoors, relax and play, be surrounded by nature, and the chance to grow plants for both food and pleasure. Add to this the privacy that gardens offer over shared public parks, together with the opportunity to entertain and relax, it’s no wonder homes with outdoor spaces are more sought after than ever.

How to make the most of outdoor space

It’s not enough just to have outdoor space – it has to be practical and useable. Designated hard-landscaped areas for dining and entertaining, lawns for games, and a premium gravel driveway fitted with Gravelrings grid system all add value and help make the buyer’s decision easier. Homes such as Michael Alderton’s Hurstpierpoint property offer an enviable situation in the countryside with ample parking on a luxury driveway. Similarly, the paved dining area and low-maintenance gravel driveway that Paul McMullan added to his Burgess Hill property undoubtedly elevated the desirability of his home.

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