Adding Value to Patio Areas

A patio can itself add value to your home by creating a versatile outdoor space for relaxing, barbecuing and so on.

But there are also some simple things you can do to add more value to your patio, without breaking the bank to begin with.

Here are some top tips courtesy of a recent Nationwide blog post.

Lawns

If your patio is adjacent to a grass lawn, make sure you pay close attention to where the two meet; Nationwide say it's important to make your lawn appear easy to maintain, in order to avoid putting off potential buyers.

Neatly trimmed edges are one way to achieve this, but laying a patio at all can help to make maintenance less demanding, by reducing the total area of grass you and future residents have to mow.

Herbs

Fragrant herbs can add a pleasant aroma and a splash of colour to paved areas; place them in pots for a relatively low-maintenance herb garden.

"Nearly a third of Britons try to grow herbs," say Nationwide, "and that means a thriving bed of mint or sage can be attractive to would-be purchasers.

"A small balcony or yard that gets plenty of light is space enough to plant herbs in pots."

Lights

Lighting lets your patio be used late into the evening all year round, weather permitting.

Solar-powered lamps don't require mains wiring and won't add to your electricity bill - simply place them where they'll receive direct sunlight on a clear day, and they should give you a couple of hours of decent illumination once the sun goes down.

Barbecues

Finally, an area of paving provides a firm and level surface on which to build a barbecue.


Nationwide cite figures from National Barbecue Week that show 120 million barbecues took place in the UK in 2011, rising to 135 million in 2012.

Showing that your garden has a good place for a barbecue, along with a level surface on which to place outdoor seating, could help to convince potential buyers of its value for outside entertaining.

Summing Up...

Overall, Nationwide cite a statistic from Homebase that shows a 10% increase in spending on our gardens in May 2013, compared with the previous year.

The average monthly spend is now £83, not a bank-busting amount for many households, but a reasonable investment that can have a real impact in terms of raising the value of your home.