It’s getting closer to summer and people are spending more and more time outdoors, we live in a climate that’s mostly warm year- round so people tend to spend more of their time outdoors. Homeowners love outdoor spaces for gathering and entertaining, your home’s exterior and the backyard are important in drawing potential buyers and making your home as appealing as possible. Here are 5 outdoor features that can add value to your property and attract buyers:
1. Outdoor Structures:
This can be something simple or functional and can boost home value. Some examples of outdoor structures are gazebos, pergolas and sheds. All of these structures should either provide outdoor living space or storage.
2. Permanent Seating:
What is an outdoor space without a place to sit and relax? A built in bench or a picnic table that stays with the property can add value in the eyes of a buyer.
3. Outdoor Lighting:
Outdoor lighting improves the function of the space, making it easier to enjoy outdoor living after dark. People also feel more safe and comfortable spending time outside when there is proper lighting. Good outdoor lighting will make the home inviting and help to improve security.
Low maintenance landscaping is the way to go; bromeliads, cacti, palm trees and ornamental scrubs are great. Improving and upgrading the garden area can add value and curb appeal to your home. But a lot of people don’t have time to take care of a garden so keeping it as low maintenance as possible will ensure that the home is attractive without breaking the bank.
5. Outdoor Kitchens:
This can include a covered area with a grill and a countertop or be something more fancy like a sink, range and oven. This makes for a great entertaining space and is perfect for summer barbecues and gatherings with friends and family.
The exterior of your home can sometimes be forgotten when you are trying to get the interior ready for photos, showings and open houses. Keep this list in mind when preparing your house for a sale, you may already have some of these features in your back yard that can use a little TLC or upgrading. These features can really help your home stand out, as long as they are well maintained.