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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston - Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: July 19, 2022

Create your own garden sanctuary

64% won’t buy a property without a garden*

As summer is very much here, gardens and outdoor space remain top priorities on buyer wish lists. According to experts, a well-maintained garden can increase the value of a home by £10,000 to £15,000.

Also, the simple act of mowing the lawn, weeding the flower bed, planting seeds in the potting shed, and staying connected with nature can all boost our mental and physical health.

Checking out a few of these backyard garden ideas can provide inspiration for any future or current homeowners when it comes to maintaining your own outdoor space.

*Source: Changing Home.

An area to sit down & Relax

You can add that premium look to your property. Whether it’s a bench, bean bag, or hammock, all gardens should provide a place to sit and contemplate. Looking out of the window at a bench can make you want to get up and get out, as it can encourage you to imagine sitting there amongst the plants.

A good seating area can be found in the corner of a garden, sometimes provided by planting for privacy, and always provided with a good view of the surrounding space for relaxation or conversation. The area can be further enhanced by adding elements that make it more comfortable, such as a firepit for cooler days or a parasole for shade.

On the whole an outdoor patio space can really add value to your property.

Add a water feature 

For those looking to make their outdoor space more attractive, taking the time to style it can make all the difference.

A water feature can do just that. They aren’t always necessary, but having a small stream, pond or waterfall can be great on the eye and you can easily create something artificially.

Rainwater can be harvested to create an interesting water feature and it can also be an extension of your irrigation system. Using old containers that hold water well can be a great way to make this project look authentic and natural. After all, that’s what gardens are all about.

Flowers & Plants

Another simple way to make a garden more appealing is by adding flower beds and plant pots.

Numerous options are available when using large outdoor planters. You can decorate them in a variety of ways and plant little trees or greenery inside of them. You can experiment with bright, dramatic colours to produce eye-catching visual effects while using flowering plants. It’s great cheaper way of adding colour to the garden so and potential buyers start to imagine what they could themselves.

Solar lights

If the time did ever come to sell your home then viewings are most likely to not be in the dark, but that said this could sometimes happen and here is not better way to brighten up the garden than with Solar lights.

Some of these are currently available for reasonable prices, and they are free to run as the power is generated from sunlight. It’s a simple but great method to make the warm summer evenings in the backyard even cosier!

It’s much easier for potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves in an environment they can also make their own.


Although probably not relatable for when it comes to adding value to a home, it’s nice to remember that you won’t be the only ones looking to use the garden.

You can get  closer to your local wildlife by making your back garden a safe haven for nature. Birds are an important part your garden’s ecosystem and creating areas for bird food will help them thrive.

Leave piles of rocks, twigs and rotting wood in your garden. These will create shelter for all sorts of important insects, such as beetles and spiders.

Some potential buyers could see that the fact a garden attracts so much wildlife that they want to experience that for themselves.

Build your own furniture 

For buyers that are particularly looking for a property with outdoor space, they might already be imagining what they could build if they are into DIY.

Making your own garden furniture from scrap items or using branches and tree trunks that have fallen is a great way to make a garden look unique. You could make a coffee table out of a piece of a trunk, or you could use an unusual rock. A pallet or scrap wood that has been combined with concrete and perhaps some stones can be used to create a bench. Don’t attempt to make it perfect-looking as sometimes the most unusual looking things grab the most attention.

Even though your garden furniture will be coming with you when you move, it is really important to make sure you give it a good clean and it is looking its best.

FCA disclaimer

*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of the most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The information on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs.

Some types of buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage. Equity released from your home will also be secured against it.

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