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  • Buy-to-Let

    Should we add a front garden gate?

    We live in a semi-detached house with a small garden out front (4m from pavement to house, it is the width of our house) and a larger garden out back. For family reasons we need to move so we will rent this one out.

    Our property is unusual on the estate in having a front garden. As well as the hedges (vibernum, photonia) which we have put around the edges of the front garden we also planned to put a front gate in to more clearly mark out where our property was and make it look larger. Right now there are the hedges with a neat gap and a path of paving stones from the pavement to the front door.

    Now that we're moving out we're not sure if this is worth doing. Will it positively affect the attractiveness (time to rent, pcm) of the property to tenants? Will it positively affect the sale price of the property if we eventually sell it?

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    Most definitely and don't forget the Chrysanthemums!

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    IamLegend

    If you are intending to rent your property to a family with children, it would be prudent, from a safely point to view, to put a gate in.

    The cost is nothing compared to providing the safety that a small child could be stopped from running out on the road.  (Assuming there is a road the other side of the gate?).

    Peace of mind and safety is worth every penny when you are a landlord.  You are responsible for people's lives.  Literally.  Spend the money to put the gate in.  Your tenants' safety comes first - always - the benefits to you or your property are secondary imho.

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