Dawn quoted in article about what to look for in a garden when buying a house.

“Outside space is crucial for potential homebuyers. Families are more likely to move house just to take possession of a bigger garden. More than a third (35 per cent) of parents are considering moving house to have a bigger garden, more than double the national average of all homeowners (14 per cent), according to the Lloyds Banking Group’s Britain at Home report.

When given the choice of a bigger house, but no garden, only 2 per cent of parents would opt for this. On average, homeowners would spend £6,508 for more outdoor space. This doubles for parents, who would pay an extra £12,678 for more outdoor space.

However, experts say that choosing the right garden is just as important as choosing the right house. Dawn Isaac, a garden designer and author, says: “House-hunters should do their homework on the outside space as well as indoors. Ideally you would have a south or west-facing garden to enjoy the sunshine. Plus, it’s more challenging to look after plants in a north-facing garden.

“While space is a blessing, you don’t want to take on too much. Ask the owners how much time they spend on the garden — and if they have to pay for help. You don’t want to be a slave to your garden, after all.”

Isaac recommends avoiding sloping gardens. “They can be very expensive to make flat. If there is lots of landscaping in the garden and you like it, then it’s a huge bonus. If it’s something you want to change, don’t underestimate the cost. Digging up paved areas can be expensive.”