As we’ve mentioned before on the blog, a well-planned garden can add a decent bit of value to your home if you’re thinking of selling. But we were astonished to read an article in the Dorset Echo last week claiming that if you plant a wildlife garden, you can add up to £30,000 to the value of your property and make it more desirable to prospective buyers! That’s a pretty impressive amount and we were intrigued to find out more – and of course, find out how to plant our own!
Speaking to the Dorset Echo, wildlife expert Sean McMenemy suggests that the trend for having a wildlife garden is becoming extremely popular, as people become more conscientious about providing habitats for wildlife and protecting local ecosystems. The top prize at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show went to – you’ve guessed it – a wildlife garden!
Sean has spoken to property specialists and suggests that having a wildlife-focused garden can add up to £30,000 to the value of your home, depending on the size of your garden and the location.
So, how do you go about creating your own natural paradise? Here are some ideas to help you get started!…
Make an aspirational space
Filling your home with inviting aromas such as warm bread, fresh coffee or cookies is one of the oldest tricks in the book to make your home more inviting to buyers. So why not try this with your outdoor space too? People viewing your property might visualise themselves living there and aspire to experience the lifestyle that they perceive is on offer. So, a beautiful garden, designed to encourage wildlife with abundant sweet-smelling flowers and tranquil seating areas can really improve your chances of making a sale.
Even if your house is cleaner and tidier than it has been for years simply because you are selling it, you are selling an idea of this lifestyle. A lot of people imagine themselves with a nice garden ‘someday’ and will be willing to pay more in order to live the dream, especially if you put in the work to get it looking good.
Sean recommends planting lots of bee-friendly flowers in order to create the wow-factor:
“In recent years, the importance of bees as pollinators has been widely recognised and conservation efforts are underway. You can play your part by planting flowers like geraniums, lavender and open dahlias, or herbs such as marjoram, sage and chives. Then your garden will look and smell great, and you’ll be helping bees to spread flowers and fruit around the neighbourhood.”
Cut back on the grass cutting
I know some people like to see a neatly manicured lawn and flower beds but you can overdo it and it really isn’t as fashionable as it once was.
Lush natural gardens, buzzing with bees and butterflies are now on trend. You can create a stunning look with a mixture of different grasses and wild flowers, just make sure you plan your planting so that it looks like it has been designed, rather than just gone to seed! If your lawn looks like it could be shielding a rusty Cortina or all the neighbourhood footballs then it’s probably time to give it a trim, just give it a lighter touch and work until you strike the right balance between ‘wild’ and ‘unkempt’.
Cause a splash
By adding a bug hotel, pond or wildlife-friendly plants you can transform even the smallest garden and make it appealing to buyers. Your garden can be beautiful and useful – providing a habitat for wildlife and for you, with places to sit and enjoy the space along with things which benefit your local ecosystem.
Sean suggests that water features can be an excellent way to achieve this, even in a smaller space:
“Sources of water provide habitats for frogs, newts, dragonflies and, of course, visiting birds in need of a bath. “The best position for a water feature is somewhere that enjoys plenty of sunlight. You can attract more wildlife to it by placing plants, flowers and logs around it, which will also improve the look for homebuyers.
“I’d go for bird baths over ponds when considering adding house value, depending on your property type, as ponds could steer away families with young children in need of a safe garden space.”
So that’s our round up of ways to add value to your home with a nature garden. We’d love to know if this has worked for you! Do you prefer an unmowed lawn or are your flowerbeds neatly organised? If you’re ready to make your move – or you’ve found you perfect place with your dream garden, give us a call to see how we can help with a free, no-obligation quote. If you need to store some stuff during the sale or the move, we have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport. We can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.
Wildflower photo by Mina-Marie Michell on Pexels