Outdoor living spaces can really push a buyer's "hot buttons", and should make your home sale happen much more quickly. This content is courtesy of my AR associate, Marco Cardanini.
If you've ever bought or sold a home before, you know one of the most important factors is in how their home looks. I'm not talking about the layout of the house, or how big the kitchen is, but the presentation of the entire home. Often times, sellers forget that there is one attribute that could make an impact on how buyers view their home. They forget that opportunity's waiting right in their backyard.
You may be thinking "how important is your backyard when selling a home?" I would say that you should treat it like you would any space indoors, make it appealing to the buyers. In a poll of men and women selecting the top attribute they looked for when buying a home, men and women both focus on different attributes when searching for a home. While women focus more on open floor plans and updated appliances and fixtures, men focus more on garages and curb appeal. But the most preferred attribute for both men and women was the importance of outdoor living spaces.
Just because it's in the back of the house doesn't mean it should be on the back of your mind. A poorly maintained yard can result in up to a 10 percent drop in value according to appraiser Frank Lucco on Realty.com. Here are some tips on how to make your yard excite buyers:
- Eliminate outdated landscaping - don't let your backyard look like you've time traveled back to the 70's. People want a natural landscape with more native plants and varied foliage.
- Depersonalize your yard - as much as you may love your lawn gnome, others may not. Just as you would depersonalize and de-clutter your home, you should do the same for your backyard.
- Don't go overboard - Sure an outdoor kitchen with bar and pool shower may seem tempting, but the money you put in will not come back. These renovations are more for personal enjoyment.
- Keep it low maintenance - with California's recent water crisis, no one wants excessive green to water. Not only this, but most don't want to invest time in spraying, pruning, mowing and fertilizing.
- Get rid of the wrong type of plants - certain trees can deposits lots of leaves everywhere. There are also trees with shallow roots that can crack the pavement. This is a major turn off for home owners.
"But Marco, what if I don't have a very big yard?" Let me tell you, size doesn’t matter! At least that’s true for some people. Small yards that present well to buyers can go a long way since there is less maintenance involved. Also, it’s a matter of perspective.
For those of you looking to sell with a small yard, here are some tricks to catch the eye of the buyer:
- Enhance the widest space - make a clear view of the longest dimension from teh sitting area of the yard. This will make it feel larger.
- Create multiple outdoor rooms - increase the visual separation with steps or small platforms.
- Keep things small scale - using thin frames petite furniture can make your small space feel roomier. Built in benches will increase seating while taking less space. Also, remember to incorporate shade for comfort.
- Create distractions - adding architectural detail such as a statue, arbor, or trellis around the perimeter of your property is an instate eye grabber. They will be less likely to notice the size of the yard.
Don't let your yard lose you money, make it a selling point instead. A clean yard with a few simple renovations can become a selling point for buyers. It's not about the size, but the content and presentation. Soon you'll be finding it was more than worth the time and the effort.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to get your house ready for sale, just give me a call at (925) 548-4711 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, to see what your home's value is, click here.