We have been vaguely looking to move house for a couple of years. We are now on the market with lots of viewings and positive feedback but no offers as yet. We have seen a new build on a small development which ticks every box regarding rooms and sizes that we have been looking for but has a very small garden. They are offering part exchange on the house.
DH thinks garden is not so important to us as DC's are beyond needing the garden so much and there is a large common one minute away. We intend to stay there until we retire/downsize. My concern is that this is a very expensive 5 bed detached house and once the lovely shiny newness has worn off and we finally need to move away it will be very difficult to sell. Would you consider it or is the tiny garden a real deal breaker
I certainly wouldn't pass up on a lovely house that ticked all my boxes just cos it had a small garden. We have a big garden now but are moving to a lovely house with a smaller garden. For 5 months a year we only go in the garden to feed the hens. For the rest of the year we are out at the park as often as we use the garden, and as my children get bigger I figure they need the space less. However we use the space in our house all year round.
Sarahd - it didn't put us off, we lived very happily in our last house for 8 years. It was a good size Edwardian 5 bedrooms, 3 receptions in a good location. I can't remember the actual size of the garden but it was wider than it was long.
I would far rather have a big house and a smaller garden if that's all I could afford.
It took 9 months to sell, which isn't too bad in this climate.
I would compromise on the size of the garden in this case. We looked at a new build and decided against it as we decided, ultimately, the the garden and lack of space surrounding the house could be a real issue when it comes to reselling. Not only because there is a lack of space for families, but also it limits any extensions or other future work someone may want to do (we were looking at 3 beds so I imagine this wouldn't be so much of an issue for you. However, my mum lives in a 4 bed Victorian semi constructed of local granite, it is a very unique house and gets a lot of interest, despite obviously having a small garden, she gets a lot of people asking her about selling and she's not even put it on the market. So if the house does have something 'unique' about it, you maybe able to get away with it. Would you still want this house if your house had sold by now? I think it can be easy to see these schemes as an easy fix.