There are many ways in which a home’s value can be raised. Those familiar with property development, as well as the demands and preferences of buyers, will know the most common improvements made, from ensuring low maintenance costs to new coats of paint. But even the most experienced interior designers still fail to acknowledge the garden, beyond ensuring the grass is duly trimmed.
This is a particular shame because there is a substantial amount of value that can be added to a home by improving its garden, especially following various degrees of social isolation and lockdown experienced within the UK. So, if you’re looking to raise your home’s value but are somewhat stumped for ideas, then we have one thing for you to think about: your garden shed.
Unlike a decade or two ago, having a garden shed doesn’t necessitate usefulness. In fact, the extra space alone can be far more preferable to homeowners. So, before you begin to think about sprucing your garden or tidying your garden shed, think about what it is used for.
Storage is the most ubiquitous of reasons and, while this is as good a reason as any, it is also one that leads to neglect. The items typically stored in sheds are those that would not do to be stored elsewhere. Equipment that is too unruly or too damaged to be contained anywhere but the back of the garden.
The first port of call for a homeowner should be to discern not only what is in the shed and how it is stored but exactly what is necessary to be there. If an item isn’t worth keeping, it’s time to get rid of it.
Not all of our gardens are home to elegant summer houses and log cabins but a shed’s appearance should be, at the very least, complementary to a home’s design and quality. Weather, in particular, can be an encumbrance upon a shed’s exterior and those that are not maintained will end up undermining the value of a property.
Repair your shed or altogether replace it with one that demonstrates an attention to detail. It’s easy for outdoor storage to be an afterthought but doing so will negatively affect a potential sale price. If you are choosing to replace the shed, it may be worth taking the time to rethink its utility.
A shed doesn’t need to only be a place for storage. In fact, as our preference for garden spaces change, so do people’s interest in sheds. The space, it seems, could be better used to support private office spaces, home studios, and even guest houses. Promising you are able to find storage elsewhere or incorporate it into a new design, a shed’s space in the garden could be far more beneficial to your home’s value as a forward-thinking outbuilding.
If choosing to keep your shed, it is worth shopping around and investing in those with better, more modern designs. Not only will they reduce maintenance costs but their aesthetic can uplift your garden entirely, making a potential buyer feel immediately at home.