Long Island Home Seller, Don't Forget Your Backyard

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When buyers are looking at your house, you get that one chance to make a first impression, and buyers usually know almost instantly whether they like it or not. Make sure that by the time they get to looking at the backyard, you keep that great first impression going, especially during the summer months on Long Island.


Buyers will be thinking about outdoor fun, barbeques and entertaining opportunities in their backyard. If you have a water feature like a pool or a hot tub, make sure you keep it looking sparkling clean. If your lawn is a little brittle, some new grass seed, fertilizer and watering should bring it back to the deep clean green color buyers are going to notice.





Keep up with lawn mowing and edging. Any over-grown shrubs should be cut-back to show more of the exterior of your backyard. Pick up any doggy evidence, which may keep visitors from looking around. Plant a few annuals or include some potted plants that will add immediate color to the yard. 



Patio furniture with a conversation area can make the backyard more welcoming and can continue the sense of extra outdoor space. If your backyard is one floor below a condo, or you have a terrace, by adding some potted plants and a seating area will help bring a more appealing outdoor look. 


Landscaping around your house not only makes it look more cheerful, but may also raise the value of the property. 


 Remember anything you can do to make your backyard look as inviting as the front can mean the difference between an excited buyer or one that has doubts!


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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I agree.  buyers need the whole picture to fall into place.  The more inviting the home which includes surroundings, the better the impression.

May 20, 2019 04:09 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great advice, Sheila and Larry. We focus so much on curb appeal, that back yard is often treated as a bit of a step-child and it shouldn't be.

May 20, 2019 04:54 AM #2
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Good morning Sheila and Larry, this is advice every home seller needs to follow. The house includes the backyard and it needs to shine! Excellent tips. 

May 20, 2019 06:14 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Backyards are very important here, buyers aren't willing to pay top dollar if the backyard is not also as nice as the home itself.

May 20, 2019 07:22 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sheila and Larry - as Rose Mary Justice commented, the entire picture is important.  Giving the backyard less attention than other parts of the property is not a good idea.  

May 20, 2019 11:27 AM #5
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