One of the must-haves in our next home is a decent garden. This is especially important as I feel we’ve let the kids down with the one we have at the moment.
Making it more kid-friendly was always on our to-do list, but we only got round to dealing with it last year. And, even then, it was with a view to making it a low-maintenance one to attract buyers.
Other improvements always seemed more pressing and we’ve been permanently tired for eight and a half years too. Still, enough of the excuses. We owe them.
So one of the things we’re looking out for is a place with a good-sized garden. Ideally, we want room for flower and vegetable beds as they love growing things.
As well as a big enough lawn for burning off their energy on! Plus, room for a patio or decking for family barbecues in the summer.
It’s really important to look beyond the cosmetic when you’re looking around a house and the same applies to the back yard.
Simply put, if it’s big enough then everything else can be taken care of. I can look past overgrown foliage and rotten sheds in the same way that I can visualise rooms without garish wallpaper and avocado bathroom suites.
And, for the record, we’ve bought properties that included both of these, ahem, charming decorative features.
Now I’ll readily admit that, while I love being outside, I don’t enjoy gardening. I did some weeding last weekend and felt a great sense of injustice at having to do it.
But gardening services are always an option. Particularly for bigger jobs that I’m either hopeless at or don’t have the gear for.
For example, we don’t have a lawn mower as we gave away our push-along when we got rid of our lumpy lawn.
So if we end up somewhere with a large grassed area, it might be worth getting someone to do it for us instead of buying a new mower.
Similarly, cleaning gutters is a job that I’m perfectly capable of but that I’d rather not do myself. The gutters at first-floor level are fine, but I wouldn’t fancy shinning right up to roof level.
Going back to terra firma, a number of gardens in homes within our budget locally seem to have loads of concrete in them, so someone who offers a garden clearance service may come in handy.
So, one way or another, we’ll have a decent garden that we can all enjoy. If we ever move home, that is!
Where do you stand on gardening? Do you love it or hate it?
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