Garages and gardens 'important to the saleability of a home'

Homeowners looking to sell a property in Scotland have been advised this week that garages and gardens play an important part of any valuation.

A spokesman for Cluttons, a chartered surveyors and consultancy firm, said that the quality of a property’s garden area and car parking facilities can make up as much as 20 per cent of the value of a property.

Alex Upson, a partner at the firm, said that in particular larger properties would suffer if they did not have a good sized garden and that in some cases conservatories can detract from the value of a home.

"If the conservatory is going to take over more than, say, 40 per cent of the garden space, then it’s probably going to detract from the value of having the garden," he said.

He added that garages were another way for people to improve the saleability of their home – including those looking to sell a property in Scotland – and that in many cases a garage can be of "huge benefit" to inner city properties.