Could Your Fake Grass Reduce The Value Of Your Home?

Could Your Fake Grass Reduce The Value Of Your Home?
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30 May 2024 – This low-maintenance landscaping feature may drive your property prices to the ground.

At least, that’s what recent reports say about fake grass.

Buyer preferences are changing

These days, the public is more discerning regarding environmental matters. It has become such a massive movement that the Welsh government even attempted to ban artificial turf. With astro turf in the picture, this can massively influence your property’s price tag.

In addition, the pandemic has shaped buyers’ expectations for living spaces. Homes that provide spaces for relaxation and reconnecting with nature tend to fare better in the property market.

Property maintenance expert Andy Simms says London gardens are becoming idealised and trendy among home buyers. When spring comes, homeowners love to be surrounded by a meadow of flowers and comfort.

According to estate agents Winkworth, demand is so high that a home with a view of the garden square in the capital is akin to that of a sea view.

A house on one of the larger and historic squares with a view over the garden will go for a significant premium and they are a pretty safe asset. The garden square is definitely the jewel in the crown of London property.

Dominic Agace, Chief Executive at Winkworth

Property type must be considered

The pushback against artificial grass is more apparent in affluent areas of the country. If you own a high-end property, this garden feature may detract from your home’s charm and appeal.

Furthermore, buyers in the upper end of the property market favour natural features. Unfortunately, artificial turf doesn’t usually tick all their boxes.

An independent estate agent in Wirral even observed this phenomenon in real-time. The agent viewed a property valued at £320,000. In some areas, most natural flora was replaced with artificial grass or covered with concrete.

The response from potential buyers was overwhelmingly against the changes. Mr. Gretton surveyed buyers regarding their starting offer.

When we posed the question about their offer price, if the property met their preferences, the average response was £300,000 – £20,000 below its initial marketing price.

Liam Gretton, Independent Estate Agent in Wirral

Cost of removal and replacement

A poor installation of artificial turf, which results from choosing the incorrect type of grass and non-uniform placement, will further alienate your potential buyers.

Once a buyer acknowledges that they will have to shoulder additional costs for removal and landscaping, this will affect the offer they place on a property.

Andy Simms estimates that removing and replacing fake grass will set back buyers by thousands of pounds.

If the installation was done effectively, the sub-base would have to be removed and replaced with soil for landscaping or gardening.

The cost of this procedure for an average garden size of 25 square metres would probably be around £2,100. Unfortunately, this does not account for five days’ worth of labour, waste, and materials.

Is it too late to replace your fake grass?

The answer is no. There are many options for those looking to convert their artificial grass to natural grass. In fact, low-maintenance homeowners are increasingly turning to clover lawns. They are very resistant to droughts and provide a food source for bees and butterflies.

Aside from supporting local wildlife, switching to natural lawns will help you avoid these common problems. Homeowners who allow their pets to poop and pee on their astro turf will notice a foul odour.

Artificial turf harbours bacteria more easily than natural lawns. Rainwater can also become trapped and stagnant, providing the ideal conditions for sickness-causing bacteria.

Generally, you can choose the seed based on your lawn’s needs. Be sure to consider your soil type, sun exposure, desired aesthetic, and water source.

Our opinion

There is something special about having one’s own little piece of nature. For most people, a garden is a space that’s part of their home where they can enjoy nature.

Whether this is by sun bathing, reading in the shade, a snooze surrounded by the beauty of the natural world or by having a cuppa while listening to the birds and insects going about their business. We all know that being in nature can be beneficial to our well-being.

So it’s no wonder that many buyers are put off by fake grass, as it just doesn’t match the expectations we have of a garden. It’s true some people look for low maintenance gardens, but that doesn’t have to mean artificial grass.

And of course, we have all heard so much of the plight of the bees and other pollinators, that we want to make sure these little guys can thrive in our gardens.

So what does this mean for homeowners? If you are planning on selling your home, you might want to consider swapping this artificial turf with a natural lawn. While it might mean costs and more work, it could make your house more saleable and fetch a better price.


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