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These 3 garden features add value to your home, say realtors

From outdoor kitchens to perennial shrubs – these are the exterior features that are most in-demand amongst investors

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It is common for realtors to debate the interior features that will increase the value of a property – but what happens beyond its four walls? Whilst buyers may be interested in an open-plan debate and emerging design trends, they are equally likely to take note of contemporary backyard ideas. But which features are most sought after amongst current investors?

If you’re looking for the best ways to add value to your house, it’s time to look outside. These features will elevate your exteriors in time for the season ahead – so you can (potentially) enjoy some sun in the garden before the move. 

The garden features that will add value to your home

If you’re searching for ways to add value to your home, these three garden trends are approved by those at the peak of the industry. Here are the best ways to make your home more attractive – long before potential investors step through the front door.

1. Outdoor kitchens

Outdoor kitchen of Mediterranean garden

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‘Because of the pandemic, outdoor living has become one of the most important features of a home. People have realized the importance of utilizing all their space – indoor and outdoor,’ says Lauren Reynolds (opens in new tab), a Real Estate Agent from Compass Connecticut. 

The desire to create an indoor/outdoor living space has therefore promoted a desire for outdoor kitchens – from grills and traditional pizza ovens to an alfresco dining space. So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your outdoor kitchen ideas, you can rest assured that it’s worth the investment. 

2. Vegetable gardens

Large green vegetable garden

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The last two years have seen an increase in interest in horticulture. Therefore, it is perhaps unsurprising that the demand for vegetable garden ideas has never been quite so high. 

‘I have buyer clients who only want to see homes with enough space for a vegetable garden,’ Lauren says. However, this fenced-off feature also remains popular amongst those who are not looking to grow their own goods. ‘Fenced-in yards are ideal for those looking to keep away garden bandits like deer and foxes,’ the agent adds. 

3. Perennial shrubs

North-facing garden ideas with peonies and perennials

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While outdoor kitchens and vegetable gardens are a great way to add value to your property, there are also even smaller changes that can upgrade your home to buyers. Michelle Mumoli (opens in new tab), a Broker-Associate at Compass, recommends ‘keeping it simple’ by adding the best evergreen shrubs to your garden – especially instead of high maintenance ornamental features. 

‘Buyers love these because they do not require much maintenance, but they still look gorgeous,’ Michelle says. 

Whether you invest in an outdoor garden to host guests over the garden party season – or you spend a short time upgrading your perennial shrubs, the verdict is clear. Garden features can add value to your home, so it’s time to enjoy them in their glory, whether you’re selling or not.

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.