Properties with south-facing gardens have always been a selling point for Estate Agents, with home buyers able to enjoy sunlight at most times of the day.
As such, those with the luxury of owning a house with a south-facing garden have long found that their properties attract higher prices than their neighbours across the road.
Now with the pandemic meaning that outside space is more highly sought after than ever before, a south-facing aspect has now become the ultimate bargaining chip for home sellers.
The fact that these gardens are so desirable could also secure homeowners a higher price when selling. Roughly two in five home buyers said they would pay more for a property with a south-facing garden.
Of the homebuyers who said they would pay more for a south-facing garden, almost three quarters said they would pay 5 per cent more for the privilege, whilst 23 per cent said they would pay as much as 10 per cent extra to secure it.
But how much is a south-facing garden really worth?
It has long been debated whether or not, a south-facing garden is essential or desirable, whether they are the holy grail of a property or just a massively hyped up by estate agents!!
A report by the Telegraph suggested that having a south-facing garden only added £800 to the value of your property. However, this was back in the pre-covid world and things have changed somewhat.
Currently the national average asking price of three and four-bedroom homes with a south-facing garden is £369,365, compared to £346,670 without, over £20k more!
An analysis also found that homes with south facing gardens sell more quickly than those without, in almost all regions. The national average is two days faster, with eight out of 11 regions all finding buyers more quickly.
A recent survey found that having a bigger garden or at least access to one was the number one thing that lockdown had changed for what buyers are now looking for in their next home.
Prospective buyers searching on Rightmove and stating that a garden is a must-have for their next home doubled in June this year compared to June last year.
A new study carried out by Rightmove has found that homes listed with a south-facing garden have an asking price premium of 7%. The average asking prices for homes with these sunlit spaces are £22,695 more than those without.
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