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Four in ten properties in London possess no outdoor space

Published On: March 14, 2017 at 10:20 am


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Those looking to purchase in London will likely be disappointed if they want a property with a garden.

New research from online estate agents reveals that four in ten properties on the market do not have an outdoor space.


Rather unsurprisingly, there are only a few gardens located in Zone 1 regions of London. Just a third of properties on the market in Tower Hamlets possess an outdoor space.

Buyers are much more likely to find properties with an outdoor space in the boroughs towards the outskirts of the city. In Bexley and Bromley for example, there are 85.4% and 84.2% of properties respectively with garden space.

The table below shows the best and worst London boroughs in terms of properties listed with and without a garden or outdoor space:

Borough Total properties on the market % of properties on the market with a garden
Tower Hamlets 2944 34.4%
City of Westminster 3441 38.4%
Hackney 1258 39.7%
Islington 1382 41.0%
Camden 2194 45.7%
Bexley 526 85.4%
Bromley 1448 84.2%
Havering 695 82.7%
Hillingdon 1353 81.1%
Redbridge 1021 79.6%

What about the rest of the UK?

Across the UK as a whole, 31.4% of properties on the market do not have access to a garden. Interestingly, three out of the five worst UK towns and cities for outside space are in the North West.

Analysis of the top 10 UK cities with the largest populations, Liverpool (59.6%), London (60.5%) and Manchester (62.8%) all rank lowest in terms of properties coming onto the market with gardens.

Bristol on the other hand possess 80% of properties listed with gardens or outdoor space.

The table below indicates the top 10 major UK cities in terms of population size and percentage of those that possess a garden or outdoor room:

Town/City Region Total properties on the market % of properties on the market with a garden
Liverpool North West 5686 59.6%
London South East 54013 60.5%
Manchester North West 2101 62.8%
Glasgow Scotland 1730 68.5%
Bradford West Yorkshire 1436 71.0%
Leeds West Yorkshire 1774 75.0%
Birmingham West Midlands 2965 76.7%
Sheffield South Yorkshire 1415 77.5%
Edinburgh Scotland 857 78.5%
Bristol South West 1387 79.6%
Four in ten properties in London possess no outdoor space

Four in ten properties in London possess no outdoor space


Alex Gosling, CEO of online estate agents, said: ‘With the need to build more homes in the UK and space at a premium, we could well see fewer and fewer new build properties with private gardens. Even new build family homes rarely come with the expansive back gardens you might have seen 30 to 40 years ago.’[1]

‘In heavily populated areas, developments are squeezed in and the reality is that private gardens takes up valuable square footage. Hence, we are likely to see more modern block of flats to meet housing demand and the outside space will inevitably be sacrificed,’ he continued.[1]

Concluding, Gosling noted that: ‘The death knell hasn’t been sounded for the back garden. There are plenty of towns, such as Grimsby, Crawley and Southport, where the majority of properties have private outside space. And moving further away from major cities, you’re more likely to find houses not flats and the large back garden you’re craving.’[1]


Many homeowners neglect garden security

Published On: May 11, 2016 at 2:38 pm


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An interesting new survey has revealed that millions of UK homeowners are neglecting the security of the garden in their homes.

According to research conducted by online garden furniture retailer Rattan Direct, 27% of Britons do not lock their garden gates or doors to their backyard.

Lack of security

Home security is at the forefront of many homeowners’ checklists, but the research suggests that this does not stretch to their gardens or outdoor space.

A number of people surveyed admitted to not replacing broken padlocks or gates, leading themselves susceptible to theft.

A whopping 80% admitted to leaving some valuable items in their garden. Expensive garden furniture topped the list, followed gardening tools, bicycles and outdoor toys for children.

Just 7% of people questioned said that they keep items from their garden locked away in a shed or in their property overnight.

Many homeowners neglect garden security

Many homeowners neglect garden security


Regional variance

The survey also indicated that by region, peoples’ attitude towards their security varied. 23% of Welsh residents said that they had nothing in their garden worth securing.

Alternatively, those in Yorkshire were found to be the most security conscious, with 10% saying that they bring all of their items inside to ensure burglars did not target their outdoor space.

Robert Fernandez, spokesperson for Rattan Direct, said, ‘securing our gardens and backyards should be top of the list of priorities. Every single homeowners or tenant should invest in a padlock to protect those items that are often left outside overnight. Replacing stolen items can be very expensive, even if you feel they hold very little value in the first place.’[1]




Improvement Tips to Add Value to Your Property This Month

Published On: May 2, 2016 at 8:15 am


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May is blessed with two bank holiday weekends! So why not make the most of the extra days off with some quick and easy tasks that will add value to your property?

If you are thinking of selling either your home or rental property over the summer months, now is the perfect time to improve and maintain the place so that it’s ready for a quick sale.

While improving a property can be a daunting task for many, there is a host of small and manageable jobs you can do to increase the value of your home. And don’t think you need to replace the whole kitchen or bathroom – simple updates can make a real difference.

Follow these improvement tips to ensure that you get the price you want for your property:

Create space

While not all homes are light and airy, it is possible to create an illusion of space in any property. Spend some time reorganising the furniture in each room to make the best possible use of space. A good idea is to take things off the floor and put them on shelves instead. Also, be ruthless and throw away any clutter.

Get out into the garden

Improvement Tips to Add Value to Your Property This Month

Improvement Tips to Add Value to Your Property This Month

Don’t think you need a gardener or landscaper to transform your garden. Simply getting outside and mowing the lawn, tidying up the general area and planting some bright flowers will spruce up your outdoor space. A good garden is important to most buyers, so follow these helpful tips:

Remember energy efficiency 

All buyers will hope to keep their bills down, so it can be worthwhile fitting your property with energy efficient appliances. With new products on the market all the time, buyers will be looking out for ways to knock the costs off their bills. Moving forward, energy efficiency is only going to become more prominent when purchasing a home, so don’t forget it.

Add some life to fixtures and fittings

It is inevitable that all properties will suffer wear and tear, so take a look around and pinpoint anything that may put buyers off. Many prospective buyers will hope to be able to move in without much work needing to be done, so addressing small issues can leave them feeling confident about the condition of the property.

Let in the light

If you have a particularly dark and dreary room that no amount of white paint will brighten, it could be wise to install a new window. This is usually quite reasonably priced and will benefit you in the long-term.

Make small replacements 

If you really must replace some fixtures and fittings, don’t think this means you need to splash out on a completely new kitchen or bathroom. Small replacements can make a huge difference – whether it’s a new floor or cupboard doors.

Take on some DIY jobs

With the internet at our fingertips, finding DIY advice has never been easier. Don’t be afraid of picking up the tools yourself and fixing small damages or making minor improvements to the property. But always remember to watch out for yourself – a professional should tackle anything too heavy or difficult.

Add a lick of paint 

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to freshen up a property is by giving it a lick of paint. Remember the importance of neutral colours when decorating a home, as some buyers could be put off by garish tones. We have the top interior colour schemes for the spring season:

Transforming your property and adding value doesn’t need to be difficult – just give your home some TLC this bank holiday!