A house with a garden is a boon to many, but bane for some. Maintaining a garden is no easy task. You have to be on the toes all the time to prune, weed and keep the garden up to the mark. For those who love nature, completing these gardening tasks is a refreshing hobby. Before you make that decision of whether you should invest in a property with a garden or not, check out its pros and cons first and then decide.
So, without further ado let’s get started.
Pros and Cons of Buying a Property with a Garden
Before buying a property with a garden, explore the pros and cons of it.
- Enhances the value of your property
- Quality time with family
- Access to fresh organic produce
- Provides a good substitute to a family park
- Environmental benefits
- Controls temperatures
- Fresh supply of oxygen
- Private space for playing outdoor sports
- Place to keep pets
- Outdoor camping and your own picnic spot
- Requires regular maintenance
- Hiring a gardener
- Insects and pests
- Abundance of mosquitoes
- Termite infestation
- Investment of time and money
Advantages of Having a Property with a Garden
First, we will discuss the pros of buying a property with a garden.
Enhances the value of your property
The look and feel of your house completely changes if you have a sprawling green space in the front. A landscaped garden presents a stunning feature and can definitely increase the property’s value and price.
On the other hand, if you are a homeowner wanting to sell your property and you don’t have enough space to boast a garden, you can add some bright flowering pots in your front yard and decorate the entrance of your house with hanging pots. This will welcome guests and homebuyers alike.
Quality time with family
One of the many benefits of living in a house with a garden is that you can spend some quality time with your family. The presence of a green space amid concrete man-made structure is like a breath of fresh air.
Imagine you coming after a hectic day at work and spending the evening out in the garden with your family. Staying close to the environment uplifts the moods and lets go any negativity or stress you face at work. It is important to play and de-stress yourself by spending some quality time with your family.
Access to fresh organic produce
This is perhaps the greatest advantage of buying a house with a garden, you can easily get fresh, organic produce at home. From fresh mint, coriander leaves to brinjal, tomato, okra and potato, you can grow your own vegetables and fruits in your garden.
The homegrown vegetables are free from harmful pesticides and artificial fertilizer and are therefore much healthier than the ones you purchase from the grocery store.
Provides a good substitute to a family park
Having a garden of your own provides a good entertainment venue within the privacy of your home. You don’t need to take your kids out to the neighbourhood park.
The benefits of having a garden can be felt especially in current times, when the COVID-19 epidemic has restricted movement. People who own houses with a garden can go out daily in the evening with their families and spend some quality time together. It compensates for the need to go to a park in the neighbourhood.
You can also jog or walk in your own garden daily and keep yourself healthy. Taking a stroll on the cool grass early in the morning is very relaxing.
The presence of a green space in the house can help reduce the temperatures. Your house will feel much cooler in summers and a tad bit warmer in winters because of the green plants. Having a garden keeps the air clean and benefits the environment as well.
You will wake up to the sound of nature – chirping birds, the cool breeze and the smell of fresh flowers and plants – giving you a fresh feel.
Private space for playing outdoor sports
Buying a property with a garden can help you provide ample opportunities to play outdoor sports. Table Tennis, Badminton, Football – you can play all kinds of games with your family and friends in the privacy of your homes. You don’t need to rent out a space or join a club to play outdoor games.
Place to keep pets
Another major advantage of buying a property with a garden is that you can keep your pets outside. From cats, dogs, rabbits to budgerigars, you can play with your pets without worrying about their mess, out in the garden. The pets are also happy as they are close to nature. A home garden provides a space for that special bonding with your family, friends and pets.
Outdoor camping and your own picnic spot
You don’t need to plan for expensive picnics, and outdoor camping places if you have a garden of your own. You can hang out with your friends, play games, go for a BBQ party, plan a movie night, a bonfire or simply read a book in the serene environment of the garden.
People who live in a house having a garden don’t need to spend a penny on any of the above-mentioned activities.
Disadvantages of Having a Property with a Garden
As you can see there are plenty of benefits of having a property with a garden. Now, let us take a look at some of the disadvantages as well.
Requires regular maintenance
Having a garden of your own requires constant maintenance. You need to prune the wilted flowers and leaves, cut the branches of bigger trees and weed the flower beds.
Keep an eye out for garden pests and insects that can kill your plants in a day, if you are not careful. All of this requires time, effort and money, without which your garden would not look pretty and well-kept.
Hiring a gardener
If you have an elaborate garden, you will need to hire the services of a gardener to carry out the tasks. A professional gardener will have a better approach at handling weeds and will help you organize your garden quite well. However, getting a professional gardener to tend to your lawn might not go easy on your pocket.
Insects and pests
Where there are plants, there are insects and pests as well. You will find jumping frogs, big-sized lizards, lady bugs, aphids and all kinds of garden pests and insects.
You will have to invest in a good but safe pesticide that can keep house pests away. But there is no guarantee. Those who have a phobia from insects should think twice before investing in a house with a garden.
Abundance of mosquitoes
You will also find plenty of mosquitoes at home if you have a property with a garden. You can however resort to different ways to keep mosquitoes away.
It is quite likely that your house will be filled with the mosquitoes, if you are not careful in managing them. Having an abundance of mosquitoes can cause many diseases like malaria and dengue etc.
A house with a garden can also attract termites, which like damp places to thrive. You need to spray an anti-termite insecticide to protect the foundations of your house. If you are buying a ready-to-move-in house, then make sure to use an anti-termite spray before you start living in the house. Check out ways to control termite infestation.
Investment of time and money
This is needless to say that a garden needs both effort, time and money. It is not an easy job to maintain the perfect dream garden. So, if you are investing in a property that comes with a garden be prepared to invest your time and money – loads of it.
Perhaps, the advantages of buying a property with a garden outweigh its cons. For nature-lovers, the presence of a green space is an important part in choosing their abode. So, if you have a green thumb go for a house with a garden, but if you can’t co-exist with creatures other than humans, then opt for a property without a garden or else you will always whine about the number of mosquitoes, lizards and pests at home.
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