8 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Backyard’s Appeal

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Here Are 8 Things You Can Do to Help Your Backyard Appeal to Buyers.


Lately, many of my calls from investors have asked if I could supply patio furniture for their properties. They understand the importance of the back clean pool areapatio area to potential buyers.

Once they’ve gone to all of the effort to rehab a property, they don’t want to forget that area that so many buyers are looking for...the backyard oasis/extra living area that our Florida weather offers.


But what can you do if your home is on the market? You may not have it in your budget to buy all new patio furniture. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t turn your patio and backyard into something buyers will want.


1.Trim, cut, and remove

You know how fast things grow in Florida and it’s very easy to overlook our own yards. Trim trees that hide the view and that includes the view of your house.

Remove bushes that are leggy and plants that have seen better days.

Palm trees are synonymous with Florida so be sure to remove fronds that are on their last leg.


2.Remove items that say “work.”

Buyers want to enjoy our wonderful sunshine and warm temperatures.  They want to relax in the backyard or by the pool

Remove things that don’t belong there such as ladders, paint cans, pool cleaning equipment, and yes, exercise equipment.

Toys around the pool don’t say work, but you’ll want to keep them organized so that they do not distract buyers.


3.Add some color

Flowers and colorful plants are always welcomed. Check with your local nursery to make sure you plant ones that will tolerate our heat. And, if you live close to the ocean, make sure they are salt tolerant.

Invest in some new pots with plants that will fit the scale of your backyard.


4.Remove any dead plants and abandoned pots.

These say neglected to prospective buyers. And, just as in your home, you will want to remove these distractions.



Amazingly, this is like the icing on the cake for yards, and it requires very little monetary investment.


pool area 6.If you have furniture, stage it!

But first, only use it if it is clean and not in dire need of being thrown away.

Depending on your space and what pieces you have, you can create living spaces outside.

Arrange a sitting area with a small table and if you have a table and chairs, then you have an outside dining area.

If it works, stage a peaceful sitting area using a bench under a shade tree.


7. Repair, replace and pressure clean.

Check your fence, gates, light fixtures for any repairs that you have put off making. Pressure clean areas for stains and to give your sidewalks and patio area a fresh look.


8.Invest in one of your home’s best assets

A pool is almost a must here in Florida so if you have one, make sure it adds to your home’s perceived value! With our approaching hot and humid summer months, pools need extra care. Using the right chemicals will keep it looking like a pool and not a green pond!


The investment you have in your home includes your backyard pool and patio area. Follow these 8 tips to make sure that it will appeal to all buyers.  



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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's funny that people don't think to trim stuff do you think that would be the first thought that they would think

May 11, 2017 10:18 PM #49
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

All good stuff that many agents don't advise their sellers to implement. Thanks for sharing your expertise. 

May 12, 2017 12:28 AM #50
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Good Friday morning, Kathy. Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

May 12, 2017 02:05 AM #51
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

These are wonderful tips for ensuring the out-of-doors is just as ready for buyers as the inside.

May 12, 2017 03:16 AM #52
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kathy, you have given Sellers a great list that will help them sell the house.

I like: 2.Remove items that say “work.”

May 12, 2017 05:12 AM #53
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

All great tips Kathy! Up here I add shoveling off the deck or patio in the winter so that buyers can see it LOL.

May 12, 2017 06:01 AM #54
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Something not talked about enough is the backyard. Well done little lady. This sacred area to many can be done up in so many ways...

May 12, 2017 07:04 AM #55
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the great tips. I will bookmark this and share with others.

May 12, 2017 12:30 PM #56
Goziem Martin
Autaugaville, AL

Hi Kathy, thanks! you just added a new Vocabulary to my real estate jagon - Patio, i must confess it was my first time to see the word however the implication versus your professional solutions remain relevant for first impression especialy as they may be areas most sellers may have least considerations for. Thanks once again, I learnt something new today. 

May 12, 2017 02:43 PM #57
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Kathy Streib 
And additionally - don't leave anything out that attracts alligators or bears! LOL

All the best - Lynn

May 12, 2017 04:04 PM #58
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I love these tips, Kathy and certainly respond to them in my market area.

May 12, 2017 08:09 PM #59
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Excellent tips and advice for backyard areas Kathy.  -Kasey

May 13, 2017 08:29 AM #60
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that you don't include a couple of dog runners with barking, vicious dogs.

May 14, 2017 04:43 AM #61
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent tips for preparing and presenting a property for sale, Kathy!

May 14, 2017 04:20 PM #62
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Here in New England with our shorter pool seasons it is even more important to create that vacation like welcoming environment to justify the monetary and time investments in our back patio entertainment areas. Thank you for a great list.

May 14, 2017 08:08 PM #63
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Staging the back yard, not a bad idea, and if I lived in Florida the pool would be the highest priority.

thanks for the tips


May 27, 2017 11:14 PM #64
Doris Freeman
Broker/Agent, Realtor, Madison-Gibson-Crockett

No pool, just use great sitting areas that are shaded, and lots of colorful flowers

May 28, 2017 07:31 PM #65
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Backyards are often neglected in favor of "curb appeal"....leisure space is welcomed by buyers...front or back !

Jun 03, 2017 01:45 AM #66
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Sellers should pay attention to all areas of their home and as usual, you've made some great suggestions. Sharing!

Jun 03, 2017 02:47 PM #67
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

great advice - I am bookmarking this one too - thanks for all your wonderful suggestions that make us look smart! 

Feb 26, 2018 04:18 PM #68
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