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Small or Big Garden? A House Buyer's Dilemma!

What are the benefits of having a big garden versus a small garden?

One of the questions you will have to ask yourself when you start your house buying journey is what kind of garden do you want? And it's an important question. A garden is part of your home. It's a place to relax, for your children to play, for your pets to get some fresh air, to grow veg or lots of other hobbies! So it's important you get something that suits you and compliments your lifestyle.

Ultimately, this is one of those questions that just comes down to personal preference. What is important to you? How do you like to spend your days? Do your hobbies require outdoor space?

In today's market, only a few new developments have what would be considered "Big" gardens with most only going back about 8-12 meters. For some, this is more than enough, but for others, it just doesn't meet their wants! This means if you do want a big garden a second-hand property may be the choice for you!

There are lots of things to consider, but while you are doing that, here are the pros and cons of having a big garden versus a small garden!

Big Garden Pros and Cons


  • Room to extend

  • Bigger resale value

  • Space for light exercise

  • Great for summer parties and BBQs

  • A space to relax in the fresh air

  • Space for kids to play safely

  • Space for dogs and pets to explore and get some fresh air.


  • The time needed to maintain.

  • Higher costs to maintain.

  • If you are not interested in maintaining a garden, it can become a drab, dull space.

Small Garden Pros and Cons


  • Less maintenance

  • Cheaper to maintain

  • Can still turn into a nice relaxing space (with a little creativity)


  • Not great for dogs

  • Lack of room for kids to play

  • Not as much potential for extending

  • If in an estate, it means closer to other properties and so less light sunlight and privacy.

Like most things with house buying, our most important piece of advice is to trust your gut! Happy gardening (or not!).


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