House prices are reliant on any number of factors, from the big ones like location down to the nitty gritty such as the colour of your front door or your interior design tastes. But there’s another feature that, if you’re lucky enough to possess it, can add approximately £22,000 to the value of your home.
And unfortunately for some (but very fortunately for others) you’ve either got it or you don’t, as it’s all down to what direction your garden faces. Due to the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, south-facing gardens receive the maximum amount of sunshine all day long, which is why these gardens are the most desirable.
It’s something not even the most skilled architect or landscaper can change once a house is built, which is why they’re so highly sought after and can add a significant amount of value to your home when it comes to selling.
It’s long been known that sun-filled south-facing gardens are in demand, but it’s not until a recent study by Rightmove was conducted that we now know exactly just how much value they can add to a property. Rightmove analysed nearly 400,000 homes across the UK and found that the average asking price for a home with a south-facing garden was £369,365, while similar properties without had an average asking price of £346,670 – that’s a difference of £22,695, equal to a 7 per cent asking price premium.
Homes with sunny south-facing gardens sell quicker, too – on average, they sell two days faster in 8 of the 11 UK regions than homes with less sunnier gardens.
Interestingly, it was discovered that properties in Yorkshire and The Humber with a south-facing garden boasted the biggest asking price premium at an increase of 14 per cent.
David Phillip, partner of David Phillip Estate Agents in Yorkshire commented: ‘You’d be amazed at how many people turn up to a viewing and use the compass on their phone to work out where the sun is coming from. It’s a really important requirement in these parts.
‘Lots of homes in Yorkshire are in rural areas, and so the trade-off from not living in an urbanised area is that you want a lovely outdoor space. And what’s more lovely than a garden that gets lots of sunshine? South-facing gardens have almost become a necessity.’
It looks like we’re a nation of sun worshippers, after all.