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Home Living : September 20th 2011
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, 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 YOU THINK IT • WE MAKE IT CABINET MAKING PURPOSE-BUILT FOR YOU KITCHENS • LAUNDRIES • BEDROOMS OFFICES • SHOPS • DEVELOPMENTS ALL PLYWOOD, particle board, mdf & speciality panels, delivery, cabinetry hardware, discount paint, cut-to-size, edge-banding 1300 138 771 to nearest store firstname.lastname@example.org 1 Melissa Pl, KINGS PARK 9621 7177 49 Regentville Rd, PENRITH 4732 3788 DIY - WE WON T BE BEATEN ON PRICE • Solid reputation • Exclusive flat roof profile • Excellent service that you can trust • Great design variations to suit all homes • Professional design skills • Customer service our priority • We deliver value beyond customer expectations CALL NOW FOR A FREE DESIGN APPRAISAL www.stylemasterpatios.com.au Lic No. 229620C 1300 761 201 Unit 7, 37 Borec Road, Penrith 2215755 13/9 • Awnings • Carports • Glass rooms • Screened Enclosures • Decks • Extensions 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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