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Up your property value with a few garden improvements

30 Sep 2016

Spring has arrived and many South Africans are eagerly hoping to get stuck into their gardening. Not only is it an enjoyable pastime, landscaping and garden maintenance is a surprisingly good investment, provided it is well designed. 

Garden features like a braai area or a tool shed can either add or detract from the appeal – design being crucial.

This is according to Richard Gray, Harcourts Africa Chief Executive Officer, who says the outdoor garden typically defines the first impression of a home for potential buyers. He says this is especially true for an environment like South Africa, given the size of many of the residential properties, and the fondness for outdoor living.

Gray says a study in the United States found that attractive landscaping and well-maintained gardens added between 6% and 11% to the value of a property. Research in the UK suggests that it could improve property values by as much as 20%.

This depends on getting the design right, he says. In general, ensuring that the garden is healthy and orderly is the key.

As a rule, keeping garden design simple is advisable. A limited number of plant species, for example, implies that less maintenance will be required.

Gardens are fundamentally about life. Plants need to be blooming rather than surviving. Lawns must be manicured and weeded. This says to buyers that they are inheriting a thriving asset.

Gray says garden features like a braai area or a tool shed can either add or detract from the appeal – design being crucial. An attractively painted shed tucked away among some bushes can add a touch of rustic charm, while an arbitrarily placed prefab can look terrible.

He says garden ornaments must be especially well cared for and regularly repaired and painted, or risk an impression of ‘decay’.

As a rule, keeping garden design simple is advisable. A limited number of plant species, for example, implies that less maintenance will be required.

Hardy, indigenous species which require less water will ensure resilient gardens appropriate for the climate and be an attractive surrounding to the family home.

South African gardeners are increasingly confronted with the harsh reality of water scarcity. Recent water restrictions across the country, including complete watershedding in some parts, and bans on sprinkler irrigation in others, demand new thinking on what the ideal garden will look like.

He says installed sprinkler systems have in the past been a major selling point, but this may not be the case into the future.

Rather, the selection of plants may be the key. Gray says hardy, indigenous species which require less water will ensure resilient gardens appropriate for the climate and be an attractive surrounding to the family home.
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