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Garden rooms make a house more saleable, study finds

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Viewers spend up to a quarter of their time experiencing the outside space before deciding whether to buy a property 



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24 February 2022

Garden rooms are likely to increase the saleability of your home by 50%, a survey from manufacturer and distributor of quality wooden garden products Forest Garden has said.

The joint survey undertaken with Fine & Country Estate Agents, also found that secure and well‐maintained fencing, a designated BBQ or outdoor kitchen area and a well‐tended to lawn are all major selling points for any homeowner thinking of placing a property on the market.

The survey also uncovered that 75% of estate agents said that people want a low maintenance garden, while all agents agree that gardens are a major consideration when buying a home, and viewers often spend up to a quarter of their time experiencing the outside space before deciding whether to buy.

“This certainly confirms what we’ve been seeing in sales over the last couple of years,” said Forest Garden marketing manager, Jenny Davis. “People have been working from home, so this has increased the sale of garden buildings from which to work and, whilst this was seen as a temporary solution initially, it’s interesting to see that half of the Estate Agents said that they are seeing a growing trend towards these outdoor rooms being an essential addition when it comes to buying a new home. Having more time in the garden has made us all value our green spaces that little bit more so it makes sense that we want our gardens to be an attractive and functional extension of our homes and garden rooms are proving to be just that.”

“As people have spent more time at home, outdoor spaces have become more of an intrinsic part of their lifestyle and gardens have become a big part of that,” said Nicky Stevenson, MD of Fine & Country UK. “The desire for more space has been a running theme throughout the property market over the last 18 months. As has the desire for a garden, which 62% of home movers said was the most important requirement when looking for a new home.”

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