Buying a new home or section? Have you considered the garden?

Thinking about buying a new home or section? Have you considered the existing garden design and what you may want from the outdoor living areas in the future? The time to do this is at the start of the buying process, before you are committed.

Just as you would be wise to get a house inspection from a professional, so it is a good idea to get independent advice about the landscape. It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion and excitement of a potential new purchase and gloss over any potential negative features that may exist. Or you may not even see them, it’s easy to do. An independent assessment from a landscape architect will provide you with a realistic appraisal of the outdoor environment.  

There are costs and practicalities involved in transforming a garden into how you want it. Sometimes these are obvious, but not always. For example, costs can mount up if drainage and retaining are involved, and access for machinery is often problematic on established properties.

Things to consider about a property can include the state of the existing garden and how much you want to change it, protected trees, shade, sun, privacy, prevailing wind, neighbours, ground conditions, drainage, retaining walls, and access.

Maybe what you were thinking of doing to the garden is not practical or is not to your budget. But maybe instead there are cost effective solutions you haven’t thought of that would transform a property. Either way, it’s good to know these things before you make such a big decision.

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