Gardening raises property values

A well kept garden can boost house prices by six per cent, according to national survey

A well-planted garden could lift the value of property by as much as six per cent — about £12,000 on the average house. This has been revealed in a survey of more than 1,000 members of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), carried out by the Plant for Life campaign. President elect of the NAEA Richard Hair said: “We know people pass judgement on first impressions, but it’s not necessarily the hallway or the smell of fresh coffee that is the first thing to hit potential buyers. “An impression can be made before a buyer even reaches the front door on the strength of the garden,” he added. Plant for Life is an initiative to raise awareness of plants and the role that they can play in enhancing life. It is spearheaded by the Horticultural Trades Association. HTA director general David Gwyther commented: “Through the Plant for Life campaign we are promoting the health benefits that time spent with greenery brings — but as this research shows, there are great financial benefits to keeping everything in the garden looking rosy as well.”

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