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Garden buildings add £3,300 to value of home

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Garden buildings can add as much as £3,300 to the value of a home, providing they're shown in the best light.

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Garden buildings can add as much as £3,300 to the value of a home, providing they're shown in the best light. That's according to independent estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray who commented on research from Santander insurance which suggests garden rooms add thousands to the value of a property. While yell.com reports that Brits spent an average of £1,250 on their garden spaces between 2010-2011, Harrison Murray tells propertytalklive.co.uk a few 'simple and inexpensive' tricks are essential to help maximise the eventual sale value of these spaces. Tidying in the same way that a homeowner would to sell a house is a number one priority it says. This includes putting away any outdoor toys or tools, as well as throwing away broken pots and planters. Having an evenly-laid lawn is also sure to catch the attention would be homemovers too. Mowing and sowing seeds in spring is recommended as the best time for a potential summer sale. "A quick and easy trick to create a great look is edging," it adds, in an attempt to get a professional look. "Take a spade and create deeply defined edges around all your trees and flowers beds." Alternatively, homeowners can appeal to their prospective buyers' animal instincts, by putting out bird feeders or a bird table to encourage wildlife. Visiting children should similarly be impressed as their parents, the estate agent said.

Author:

Chris Taylor

11th May 2012