8 Outdoor Perks that Draw Nature-Loving Buyers

Posted by Steph Kaye on Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 10:41am.

Many home sellers forget to attend to their exterior while busily readying the interior of their homes for the market.  If you are thinking of selling your home, don't neglect your outdoor space.  Potential buyers are usually drawn to a home's grounds and landscaping before they ever rest their eyes on the interior of a house.  An appealing yard and beautiful landscaping help to make your home an appealing product for prospective buyers and first impressions are everything.  Lang Premier Properties presents eight outdoor living trends that will serve as bait in attracting hungry buyers:  

1. Structures

Simple outdoor structures such as a storage shed make a yard appear more functional.  A gazebo or pergola provides more outdoor living space and either structure can boost the functionality while increasing the overall value of your home.  Storage, both indoors AND outdoors, is ALWAYS appealing to buyers and entertaining spaces are a huge draw.  

2. Private Spaces

For today's modern buyer, outdoor living spaces are considered to be so much more than just a simple backyard.  Outdoor spaces are an extension of the home and people are going wild with adding fireplaces, relocating indoor furniture to the outdoors, and even going so far as to install flat screen televisions and stereo systems.  As with any element of relaxation, privacy is highly prized and no one wants to be the source of entertainment for staring gawkers while enjoying a margarita outdoors after a hectic day at the office.  

If you are updating your outdoor space, try to add some privacy in order to create a room that is an extension of your home.  Electing to install a gazebo or build walls around a pre-existing pergola will only add value and increase buyer attraction.  

3. Kitchens

Many buyers are looking for homes that provide outdoor kitchen ammenities.  More meals are being enjoyed and prepared outdoors and a simple grill and picnic table just won't cut it.  Buyers seek outdoor kitchens equipped with sinks, a range, and even an oven.  As a seller, you will need to consider the cost of such an upgrade and whether the expenses can be recouped upon the sale of your home.  If you have a marvelous outdoor space that is great for entertaining, consider adding a kitchen.  You are guaranteed to attract many buyers.  

4. Fabulous Lighting

Outdoor lighting improves a space's functionality, making it more appealing and enjoying after dark.  Well-lit decks invite summer entertainment and barbecues which can go on for hours after the sun has gone to bed.  This is a huge desire for prospective buyers, especially millennial buyers.  

Your home will be more visible to prospective buyers and house hunters when your property is well-lit and such a feature provides added security after dark.  

5. Easy-to-Maintain Landscaping

Be careful and very selective when improving your landscaping.  While lush lawns and fabulous gardens are appealing, the cost of maintenance is not and could negatively impact your home's ability to sell quickly.  Many buyers enjoy weekend getaways and they don't want to forgo Saturday adventures for a day of work in the yard.  

Try to make landscape upgrades that are low-maintenance, yet very attractive.  Colorful perennials are appealing as they do not need to be replanted each year.  Consider adding mulch or rock in order to provide a completed look while holding the weeds at bay.  Inground sprinkler systems ensure that plants are well watered and buyers will be grateful at not having to stand outside, hose in hand, for hours at a time.  Stone walkways and pavers are a great means of aesthetic beauty and require little to no maintenance efforts.  

6. Natural Elements

Natural wood and stone are magnets for buyers, even if the "natural" is actually comprised of faux or vinyl materials.  Such simple design elements make outdated homes appear modern and more shoppers will want to schedule a showing to see what is on the inside of your home.  Wood and stone elements also serve as boosters in adding appeal to a modern home by highlighting it among an already crowded marketplace.  

7. Fire 

For home owners with modest budgets, the addition of a fire pit or outdoor fireplace can go a long way in increasing your home's value.  This is a great DIY project for home owners who are willing to dedicate time to such a project.  Fire pits are comfortable and logical places for outdoor entertaining and simple evening enjoyment.  Buyers will love it!

8. Seating

While constructing a deck, patio, or specific outdoor entertaining space is a beautiful thing, many home owners forget about seating.  Outdoor furnishings do not provide the added value of permanent, built-in seating.  Benches which have been built into decks or picnic tables which are permanent to a property are an ideal means of improving value while attracting buyers who love to entertain outdoors.  

You want your home to stand out because there are plenty to choose from.  As you ready your house to sell, try to adopt the mindset of a buyer as you add features that will make your home as appealing as possible.  Don't neglect your outdoor spaces!  

If you'd like to learn more, please don't hesitate to message Lang Premier Properties online or call us at 1-855-526-4466.

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