Does a Summerhouse Add Value to Your Property?

In a nutshell. Yes.

A summerhouse is a fantastic investment.

Not only does it create valuable extra living space in your garden, the additional space a summerhouse gives you is a great way to add value to your property.

On average, a good quality garden room can add between 5% and 15% to the value.

And potential buyers will certainly be swayed by having extra living space readily available when they move in.

It’s a very attractive selling point and a desirable feature which can lead to a higher number of interested parties and possible quicker sale with the asking price normally met with potential buyers not wanting to miss out!

It stands to reason, however, that potential buyers are most likely going to be put off by poor quality garden buildings that need work and expense to fix them up.

Poorly built, run down summerhouses won’t add value to your property and will undoubtedly be more of a drawback than an investment.

It’s important, therefore, that you make sure your summerhouse is:

  1. Good quality
  2. Sturdy
  3. Weatherproof
  4. Well maintained
  5. Insulated

See my blog for advice on How to Treat and Maintain Your Summerhouse

Other desirable features that are worth considering are:

Running an Electricity Supply to Your Summerhouse

This will enable the summerhouse to have heat and light so it can be used all year round.

See my blog How to Run Electricity to your Log Cabin Summerhouse for advice on this

Add a Wi-Fi Connection

Together with electricity, this will undoubtedly be an additional appeal for any potential buyers who work from home, giving them the option of turning the summerhouse into a dedicated work space without the bother and expense of having to do it themselves.

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that some professionals would certainly consider paying a higher price for this!

See my blog How to Connect Your Cabin to the Internet for advice on this.

Make sure you have have adhered to any planning permission and building regulations that may be needed for the summerhouse so there are no issues for any potential buyers. That certainly won’t be a selling point!

As a rule of thumb:

A summerhouse with a roof height of below 2.5m and built no nearer than 2m to an existing boundary does not need planning permission.

See my blog for advice Do I Need Planning Permission for a Summerhouse

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