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Home Living : September 20th 2011
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1 Gardens grow your profit Australians realise a well-kept garden can add to their home investment Australians who invest in a well-kept garden can expect it to increase their property sale price by 12 per cent, or $65,000. According to Husqvarna Global Garden Report 2011, Australians seem to know this too, with 63 per cent sharing that they consider their garden as an investment. The report focused largely on the return on investment of a home garden. A survey of 5000 homeowners from nine different countries, as well as a global panel of 44 real estate agents and 120 garden designers, was conducted to quantify the impact of a beautiful garden on property prices. The report said that when it came to the return (payback-if-sold) on a well- maintained garden, Australian home owners will receive an average 3.6 times more than the amount invested in it, if sold. Investment in a garden is measured through time and money spent on maintenance, makeovers, plants and garden accessories. Australians and Americans were the most investment savvy of the nations, revealing that their efforts in the garden are first and foremost to increase the sale appeal of their property. Husqvarna Australia general manager of product marketing Stephen Clark said the front garden was the first thing potential buyers saw, while the backyard was always eagerly inspected for space and usability. The top-five garden elements that Australian home owners believe contribute most to the value of a property are a well-maintained lawn; inviting social area; designed stone paths; decorative trees and decorative bushes. The Global Garden Report The Husqvarna Global Garden Report (GGR) is annual research commissioned by Husqvarna to identify and compare key global gardening trends. A survey was conducted of 5000 homeowners across France, Japan, Poland, Sweden, Australia, Germany, UK, Russia and the US. HOMELIVING !∀∀ #∃∃ %#!! ∃&∋ ! ∀∀#∃∃% !∀ # ∃ %& ∋ ( ∃) ∃ !∀ # ∃ %& ∋ ( ∃) ∃ !∀ # ∃ %& ∋ ( ∃) ∃ !∀ # ∃ %& ∋ ( ∃) ∃ On custom Shutters, Blinds, Curtains & Awnings Free Installation 131913 accentblinds.com.au Improve your home AND save money Alexandria . Chatswood . Seven Hills Penrith . Newcastle . Wollongong Hurry! Limited Time Only
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