When you put your home on the market, you want it to look as perfect as possible. With potential buyers in mind, you clean, tidy, and de-clutter every room. You may even do some minor renovations and repairs, and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But as fantastic as things look inside, it’s important not to forget the backyard!
Some sellers miss the backyard, and end up showing a house with an overgrown, neglected yard. You should pay just as much attention to this space, as it is very important to potential buyers. A well maintained backyard makes your house much more attractive, and greatly increases its value!
Buyers want to see a tidy, approachable backyard space. If the grass is cut, the hedges are trimmed, and your lawn furniture is attractive and well coordinated, it is easier for them to picture themselves living there. Most buyers these days are searching for a home that will allow them to spend time outside. The more neat and tidy you can make things, the better. Sweep walkways, wipe down patio furniture, and add some inexpensive plants.
What Buyers Don’t Want to See in Your Backyard
- Bags of garbage and other waste.
- Doggie do-do. (Be sure to stoop and scoop!)
- Rakes and other tools piled in the corner.
- Cluttered and disorganized storage sheds, pool huts and other backyard structures.
- Weeds in the flower beds.
- Items stored underneath the deck.
- Hoses not stowed neatly.
- Electrical outlets and water faucets that don’t work.
These are not difficult issues to fix. Doing so will positively impact the impression the buyer gets of your backyard. Do you have a backyard that shows particularly well in the summer? Take pictures! Those photos will help buyers be able to appreciate how it looks should you list your home in the winter.
If you’re thinking of selling, I’d be happy to help you stage your home. Contact me for more advice, or to answer any questions you have!