South-facing gardens are often considered the crème de la crème of gardens, so much so that agents have told us some home-hunters use a compass on their phone to check where the sun is coming from when they’re viewing a property.
Are they more expensive? Well we’ve crunched the numbers to find out.
We looked at 400,000 listings of three and four bedroom homes across Great Britain and found that homes listed as having a south-facing garden are actually priced £22,695 higher on average than homes without, a 7% national asking price premium.
Our data analysts also revealed that properties with south-facing gardens sell more quickly than those without, in almost all regions around Great Britain.
Yorkshire & the Humber performs best, with these homes finding a buyer on average eight days faster. The national average is two days faster, with eight out of 11 regions all finding buyers more quickly.
People searching for homes with a garden on Rightmove doubled in June compared to June last year. Total buyer searches were up 56% for the same period, meaning home-hunters are searching more, but especially for gardens.
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What do the experts say?
Our resident property expert Miles Shipside explained that even if you don’t have a south-facing garden, you should still make sure your garden or outside space looks its best in pictures.
He said: “Since the market reopened we’ve seen a huge rise in demand for homes with a garden as buyers place greater importance on outdoor space. For as long as I can remember, south-facing gardens have been viewed as the crème de la crème of outdoor spaces among home-hunters.
“It doesn’t mean your house will automatically be worth £22,000 more if it has a south-facing garden as this is an average and it will also depend on the condition and location of your home, but it’s certainly something to shout about in a listing as it could mean your home makes it on to a buyer’s shortlist over another property down the road, or even on the other side of the street.
“The key is to have the garden looking its very best for pictures and viewings. A quick lick of paint to a garden fence or shed helps, and it sounds simple but mowing the lawn and putting out a few garden chairs can give would-be buyers the chance to picture their new lifestyle.”