Would a small garden put you off buying?

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Minta85 Tue 11-Aug-20 17:53:56

We’re considering buying a house that has lots of great points (detached, parking for two cars, ten minute walk to town). But the garden is small, though not overlooked. How much of a problem might the garden size be when we’re trying to sell the house in the future? It has a small patio and lawn - big enough for a trampoline and for sitting in but too small for a football game or big family gatherings.

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Pillypocket666 Tue 11-Aug-20 18:00:22

I wouldn't have an issue with this. Rather have a small garden not overlooked as opposed to a large one with lots of people seeing into it.

FManc Tue 11-Aug-20 18:01:34

So we recently sold our house which had a very long garden and wasn't overlooked. We're renting now temporarily and the garden is just a small square. TBH we've really noticed the difference and just feel a bit claustrophobic in it. We don't feel like we want to sit in it as much as the old house. We can't wait to move into the next place we're buying which has a similar garden to our old house. Everyone is different however and some people just aren't keen on maintaining a big garden! All I would say is if it's a big detached house etc I would expect most potential buyers would want a decent sized garden for a growing family.

emmaluggs Tue 11-Aug-20 18:05:29

I think it depends we just sold our house with a small overlooked garden but it was in a popular area, the people who bought it originally weren’t interested in it because of the garden but then went on to buy it. I think there are lots of factors

lazyakita Tue 11-Aug-20 18:09:02

We specifically bought a bigger house with a small garden as we were so busy with work we had no time for outside maintenance.

AlwaysLatte Tue 11-Aug-20 18:09:19

Last time we were looking we found the absolute dream house - big Georgian house with big rooms, tall ceiling, big kitchen. Perfect, then we saw the garden - the owners had split the garden in two and build a new eco house and pool on their bit. So the one for sale was now much smaller and overlooked. Totally out of proportion to the house, so it was a no. I don't like to be overlooked at all so a small garden wouldn't be a definite deal breaker for me.

AlwaysLatte Tue 11-Aug-20 18:10:36

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MrsCollinssettled Tue 11-Aug-20 18:14:49

House on a new estate - would expect a small garden. Older property - would expect a decent size garden. So if it is an older property with larger gardens around it it could be a problem.

torpidcrystals Tue 11-Aug-20 18:15:04

Yes, any house would have to have a decent sized garden or I wouldn't view it.

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Tue 11-Aug-20 18:15:39

We currently have a postage sized yard. That would be a great upgrade for me!

JellyBelly78 Tue 11-Aug-20 18:21:06

My kids adore the garden so not a compromise I’d make,
Depends which way it faces I guess, a small north facing garden would be a definite no from me. Would be dark inside and no evening sun.

isseywith4vampirecats Tue 11-Aug-20 18:22:13

it would depend on how small when we were house hunting one house the conservatory had eaten most of the back garden and left a two foot strip about fifteen foot long, massive front garden but we said no, the one we have now has a small garden but a proper garden shape big enough for a small patio and lawn about thirty foot long quite happy

Finfintytint Tue 11-Aug-20 18:23:36

A garden is important to me because I love gardening and entertaining outdoors. Small gardens are fine if you don’t have the time to maintain it though.

Zebrahooves Tue 11-Aug-20 18:27:13

We've had two big gardens and they take a lot of upkeep and maintenance. The house that we are hoping to buy has a smaller south facing garden, and I'm looking forward to being able to sit out and enjoy it rather than working in it.

Wrighty57 Tue 11-Aug-20 18:53:54

Have you got dimensions of the garden?

Our garden is 80 feet by 18 feet. Is that small?

JoJoSM2 Tue 11-Aug-20 19:02:01

If you’re ok with the small garden and the property is priced lower than similar houses with large gardens, then that’s fine.

EmmaGrundyForPM Tue 11-Aug-20 19:04:29

I think I could cope with a small garden but if it wasnt South-ish facing it would be a definite no for me

saturdaynightgin Tue 11-Aug-20 19:12:57

I think it depends on personal preference. We compromised on a smaller third bedroom to get a bigger garden when buying our current house

LesLavandes Tue 11-Aug-20 19:15:50

I would love a small garden. You can make it beautiful

ShyTown Tue 11-Aug-20 19:17:09

It can’t be that small if it’s big enough for a trampoline! A small garden would be fine by me but we’ve always lived in cities so I’d consider anything with a lawn generous.

ZigZagPlant Tue 11-Aug-20 19:18:08

Depends on the area. I lived in the city centre with a courtyard garden but further out I’d expect a big garden.

OneEpisode Tue 11-Aug-20 19:18:39

Sadly my teens have no interest in playing in the garden now. Depends on the age of yours and how the adults use the garden?

Maybenexttime08 Tue 11-Aug-20 19:19:51

How small are you talking?

Crabbo Tue 11-Aug-20 19:21:31

It depends on the area and surrounding houses - do they all have small gardens too? In which case fine as that’s the norm for the area. If similar houses have big gardens then no because I’d always go for the bigger garden, even if it meant needing to do more to the house.

WhoWouldHaveThoughtThat Tue 11-Aug-20 19:21:51

I think it really does depend on the dimensions. To me a small (but not too small!) garden would be preferable to a larger overlooked garden, but if a neighbouring garden had a trampoline, that would put me off! You can get overlooked every 30 seconds!

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