The garden features that can increase your property’s value by up to £8.5k

House prices have been going wild over the past few years, and having outdoor space has definitely been viewed as very favourable when it comes to selling your home. However, it’s not just the garden you have, but what you do with it that counts, according to new research.

The conservatory is the most prized garden feature, according to analysis by building and renovation experts Roofing Megastore, adding on average £8,449 to the value of your home.

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A home office in the garden is now second on a buyer’s wish list, the research shows, adding over £7,200 to the property’s value. And, continuing the theme of using the garden as an extra living or entertaining space, a garden gym room, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor entertaining area and a hot tub all make the top 10 too.

Just outside the top 10, buyers would now pay £5,600 extra for a home that had a garden bar. A built-in pizza oven would add on £5,100 and a built-in BBQ could increase a home’s value by £5,000.

The biggest ‘garden fails’ – aspects that could be detrimental to your property price – have also been revealed. A mouldy conservatory roof was shown to be biggest turn off for potential buyers, knocking off £6,140 from your home’s value. Close behind were damaged garden walls, no lawn, broken guttering and a damaged patio.

Other fails that could be fixed for free in just a few hours include decking that just needs a clean – this would put buyers off to the tune of £5,700. Having rubbish and debris in the garden would knock off £5,500, and having children’s play equipment and toys on display could see buyers put in an offer that’s £5,000 lower than if they had been neatly tidied away and stored out of sight.

Rank Garden improvement Value increase
1 Conservatory £8,449
2 Home office garden room £7,261
3 Gym/studio room in the garden £7,124
4 Orangery £6,595
5 Outdoor kitchen £6,385
6 Outdoor entertaining/dining area £6,164
7 South facing garden £6,161
8 Hot tub £5,809
9 New paved patio £5,752
10 New decking area £5,638
11 Garden bar £5,624
12 Mature plants/trees/flowers £5,224
13 Children’s treehouse £5,158
14 Greenhouse £5,157
15 Built-in pizza oven £5,135
16 Built-in outdoor BBQ £5,062
17 West facing garden £5,008
18 Astroturf £4,999
19 Pergola £4,980
20 New garden shed £4,916