Backyards come in all shapes, sizes and have a variety of
uses from entertainment to functional gardening to recreation. As a seller your job is to help your buyers
experience the backyard for its best use.
If the yard is large and can accommodate a variety of functions it will
likely serve you well to define the areas for each function. What you want to avoid is an undefined space
where everything runs together and creates confusion which can be stressful. The following points should be considered
when preparing your backyard when listing your home for sale.
Outdoor Living Spaces
Clean any oven, grill, refrigerator, cabinets
and counter tops just like you would the kitchen. 2.
Outdoor furniture that is exposed to the
elements can accumulate dust, dirt and grime quickly. Regularly dust off and/or clean your outdoor
living space as necessary. 3.
Clean out an outdoor fireplace just as you would
an indoor fireplace. Buyers are looking
for the whole house to be clean, in good repair and well attended to.
Clean pools are a must. Keep your equipment maintained and running so
that your pool is sparkling clean. 2.
Repair any tiles than may be cracked. 3.
If you have a water feature make sure it’s
operational and running when the home is being shown, it will help showcase
your pool for all that it is. 4.
Put away beach balls, floats, etc. – you want
your buyers looking at your pool, not the toys. 5.
Be sure any deck or lounging chairs are arranged
in a pleasing, purposeful manner. 6.
Store your equipment out of sight if possible,
if not, make sure it’s neatly arranged. 7.
Clear leaves and other debris from the pool everyday. 8.
If the home is being shown at night, turn on the
pool lights to create a warm, inviting ambiance.
Patios and Recreational Areas
Keep patios swept and clear of debris. 2.
Furniture, grills and other recreational equipment
should be clean, in good repair and well positioned for best effect. 3.
Porch Swings, children’s playground equipment
and play houses should be in good repair, especially if they are staying with
the home. A good paint job, oiling any
squeaky parts, replacing frayed ropes and missing parts will help the
appearance. If the swing, equipment or
playhouse is an eyesore that cannot be repaired then remove it.
Flower beds and Gardens
Remove any plants, flowers or shrubbery that is
dead or diseased looking. 2.
Trim Shrubbery and trees if needed. 3.
Planting a few flowering plants can add color
and warmth to your yard. 4.
Mulch in flowerbeds creates a neat, well-cared
for look. 5.
Weed gardens and flower beds. 6.
If you have raised beds for vegetables or herbs
give attention to any needed repairs to any planter boxes. 7.
Make sure borders for flower beds are in good
order. If necessary replace stones,
bricks or plastic borders that are missing or broken.
Fences and gates should be in good repair. Replace any missing boards and repair latches
and hinges as necessary. 2.
Fill any holes created by dogs trying to dig
under fences. Speaking of dogs, dog
residue must be regularly cleared from the yard. Kennels or pens should be consistently
cleaned as well. 3.
Power washing or re-staining a wood fence can
freshen the appearance. 4.
Clean out fountains and bird baths. 5.
Most yard art, statues and ornaments should be
stored away so that your buyers are looking at your yard and not your
decorations. This will also help avoid
any assumptions that your décor stays with the home. 6.
Straighten the wood pile restacking wood as
necessary to look neat. 7.
Remove anything from the yard that is unsightly
and doesn’t have a function: piles of
limbs, rocks, leaves, broken tools, unused or broken flower pots, children’s
toys, obsolete furniture, etc. 8.
Storage sheds should be in good condition along
with all parts such as doors, latches, windows and electricity. Consider painting if necessary. 9.
Keep leaves and seed pods raked from your yard
and cleared out of your gutters. 10.
Trim trees as necessary to keep them from touching
the roof of your home. Backyards are often considered and used as extra living
space. Do all you can to make yours
welcoming and attractive to potential buyers.
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Sandy Setliff is a Realtor® with JP and Associates Realtors®.
She specializes in residential real estate sales in McKinney, Allen,
Frisco, Anna, Melissa and Van Alstyne, Texas. She can be reached at 214 620
1615/cell, 972 375 9448/office or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to my monthly email
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