Sheds are often neglected, dark storage cupboards that are full of clutter and rarely cleared out and often ignored by Sellers – however, it seems using shed space could add to buyer appeal.
In 2017 Sellhousefast.uk carried out a study which surprisingly found that the garden feature which adds the most value to a property is a shed. In fact, 82 per cent of property professionals told researchers that a decent-sized shed was the most cited garden feature to boost property value.
New research* from Clearabee, the on-demand rubbish removal business, reveals that the UK is full of cluttered sheds and garages.
- Over half of respondents own a shed but only one third know exactly what it contains
- The vast majority of Brits use their shed for storage when it could be so much more!
- 56 per cent dream of using their shed differently (gym, home-office or bar are top choices)
Potential sellers should get clearing now, because not only is this clutter unlikely to help them sell their property, it is also going to make moving house a nightmare. Some homeowners even forget about emptying their shed on moving day – the web is full of complaints from purchasers who moved in to find a shed full of old junk and waste which they had to clear.
Planning ahead and clearing before your first viewing is wise. Creating an appealing space from a shed could definitely add to buyer appeal, so why not encourage sellers to take a second look at what’s in theirs and how they could give it a makeover to add to buyer appeal.
Classic British tradition
On par with outdoor furniture and a barbecue, a shed compliments most British gardens. Over half (52 per cent) of UK residents own a shed, compared to 35 per cent with a garage, and the most popular shed size is “small” (6ft x 4ft).
However popular it is to have a garden shed, however, making best use of the space it offers is a different matter. A staggering two thirds of shed owners can’t precisely say what it contains.
People living in Wales are the most clueless when it comes to knowing what they are hoarding in their shed, with almost a quarter (23 per cent) stating they didn’t know what they had stored in there.
Residents in Northern Ireland are most likely to accumulate general shed-based clutter, with 84 per cent of owners admitting they use their shed as a dumping ground for junk. People in Leeds (76 per cent) and the East of England (66 per cent) came a close second and third in terms of who clutters their shed the most.
How do UK homeowners use their shed?
Industrious Londoners topped the list of those who would transform their shed into a workspace (eight per cent of shed owners). People in the East Midlands were most likely to want their shed to a spare room (20 per cent) and one in ten residents of Birmingham, Glasgow and the West Midlands would opt to turn their shed into a bar if they had the chance. Those in Northern Ireland had a more practical choice with half (47 per cent) wanting to use their shed as a summer house. Overall, more women selected this option than men.
Stuck in a shed rut
Unsurprisingly garden storage is the main function of the shed in the vast majority of UK households, with 74 per cent of respondents using their shed for this purpose . More than half of respondents wish they could use their shed in a different way. Summer house, hobby room and home gym were the top three functions to feature on the “what we could do with our shed if money was no object” dream list.
Daniel Long, founder and managing director at Clearabee, concluded:
“As a classic fixture in British gardens, it is interesting to see how many people dream to use their sheds in a better way. Considering that on average 80 square feet are wasted on clutter and junk in British gardens because sheds are not used to their maximum potential is astonishing, especially given the average garden size in Britain is not that far off! Sometimes, it only takes a simple declutter to give your shed a second life. We’ve decided to launch a fun campaign to invite shed owners to declutter and make their dream come true by offering the lucky winner the shed they’ve always wanted.”
To enter Clearabee Shed competition click here.