Over two-thirds of homebuyers say a nice garden is the most important
thing they look for when searching for a house, according to Alliance &
The bank's movingimproving index has found that a well-kept garden is
likely to sway the decision of the majority of house-hunters, with many
people looking to move from cities to more rural surroundings.
Dispelling the myth that only the elderly are interested in weeding and
pruning, A&L found that 64 per cent of people in their 20s and 68 per cent
of people in their 30s cite a garden as the most important factor when
deciding where to live. Only 50 per cent of those aged over 50 put gardens
highest on their list of priorities.
However, gardens pushed out double glazing (61 per cent), a garage (49 per
cent) and off-street parking (39 per cent) as the most important factor for
homebuyers. Only the number of bedrooms (67 per cent) was more important
for those searching for a new home.
Head of mortgages Tim Hague says: “The popularity of TV programmes such as
the BBC's Ground Force have shown people how to create relaxing and
enjoyable gardens and therefore homebuyers now consider a garden to be a
very important feature.”