Insurance firm AXA has revealed that homes with tidy back yards can be worth £1954 in value – more than four times the £473 the average person spent on their garden in the past year.
With the nation reluctant to part with their cash when it comes to their gardens, it’s no surprise that many of us turn to DIY. Jobs often completed by homeowners include planting flowers (90 per cent), power washing patios (74 per cent) and building garden furniture (51
Jobs that people would hire a tradesperson to complete are often
However, not to be outdone, there are a number of tasks that the nation would like to learn, including designing a new garden (41
Most people spend around nine hours a month working on their gardens. H
For larger jobs, many people would only want to part with less than £500 per task, even though we now know this could add up to four times the value to a home. For building a fence, most people would only want to pay £364, installing a pond £290 and designing a new garden just £390.
Gareth Howell, managing director of AXA Insurance, said: “Over the past year our research has shown that the UK is a nation of keen hobbyists, with 40 per cent of people claiming gardening to be their main hobby. However, whilst learning a new skill is important, there are also times when it may be best to hire a professional.
“The fact that 44
|Region||Amount invested in garden|
over the last year
|Perceived value a well-kept garden adds to a property|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||£507||£1,638|
|Task||Average amount would pay a tradesman|
|Design a new garden||£390|
|Build a new fence from scratch||£364|
|Build a garden wall||£337|
|Install a pond||£290|
|Building a shed||£230|
|Install a water feature||£229|
|Build garden furniture||£198|
|Lay new turf||£190|