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Outdoor Looks Buyers Hate

Posted by Jeff Sallan on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 7:03am.

Homeowners often spend so much time and money updating the front yard and interior of their homes before they list, they forget about the back yard. Many buyers see the back yard as their personal retreat so you want it to look its best. Before you schedule the photographer (or your Realtor) to take your listing pictures, make sure your back yard doesn't have these things. 

1. Poorly Constructed Fire Pit. If your fire pit leans, is falling apart or is surrounded by sun damaged camp chairs, you may want to re-work that project. Clean up the area, remove debris or piles of ash and add in fresh firewood. Remove old, broken chairs and clean up the immediate area around the fire pit. 

2. Boring Landscape. Backyards with a single, lonely tree in a sea of sod or a single line of the exact same bushes doesn't give a great impression. Add color with bright perennials or dimension with a trellis, garden bench or large pots. 

3. Clutter. Toys and tools should be picked up and organized. Need more storage? Consider a portable storage unit. 

4. High Maintenance Landscaping. Elaborate gardens and rows of annuals might look inviting, but homeowners might see weekends spent weeding. Use your space effectively and highlight focal points like a fountain raised garden. 

5. Huge Lawns. Very few people enjoy the idea of spending half their Saturday mowing the lawn. Break up the monotony with native plants. Local garden centers will be able to offer the best advice on what plants will do well in your yard. 

6. Lack of Maintenance. If you've been meaning to remove a dead tree or trim the overgrown hedges but just haven't gotten around to it, do it before you list. Buyers may think that if the yard isn't taken care of, other things in the house might not have been maintained either. 

If you're preparing to list your home, we'd love to assist you. We have extensive experience both buying and selling in Reno, Sparks and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at 775-453-4568 or fill out this brief form

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