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Now it is official: 47 per cent of prospective buyers and renters are put off by shabby gardens, meaning you simply can’t afford to put down your gardening tools.

A survey of 2,000 people by property website Zoopla and the Society of Garden Designers found nearly half of renters and buyers are not interested in taking on a garden they won’t be able to enjoy straight away.

Zoopla spokeswoman Laura Howard said: “The annual weather in the UK might be changeable but the requirement for a garden is steadfast.”

Buyers and renters responding to the survey said they wanted the following from a garden:

1. Somewhere to sit and relax (36%)
2. Maximum sunlight throughout the day/South facing (15%)
3. Somewhere for the children to play (12%)
4. Flowers/shrubs (8%)
5. A space for pets (7%)
6. Somewhere to entertain (6%)
7. Growing my own fruit/vegetables (4%)
8. Extra storage space/shed (2%)
9. A water feature (0.4%)

Having a nice garden isn’t cheap though, with respondents to the survey claiming they spent £678 a year keeping their front gardens, yards, and lawns in tip-top shape. This is no surprise when you consider that 9 out of 10 responders saying they considered outside space to be very or extremely important.

So make sure your gardens are looking their best, if you want the best chance of getting the most out of the current housing market.

Alexander Jacob - Letting and Estate Agents in Retford