There are so many things to think about when you’re looking to buy a home. One area that often gets left behind is what you need to consider in your next home’s backyard. Depending on your priorities, there are some important decisions that you need to make. We’ve listed out the top three considerations for the backyard at your next house.
Consider Whether You Want a Yard
There are a lot of reasons that you would want a yard at your next home, and probably an equal number of reasons that you wouldn’t want one. What once was the quintessential American Dream to have a yard at your home, newer trends have slowly pushed American’s away from having a bright and burgeoning space with a lawn.
Historically, having a lawn has been a staple, and for good reason. For starters, if you have a family of young kids, a lawn might be a must for you. Kids love to run around in the yard, and it provides a variety of entertainment and exercise options.
Active children can practice soccer with a good goal rebounder, or play catch in the yard to work on their baseball skills. Over summer, your yard can transform into a slip and slide to burn energy and keep cool.
Lawns are also really pretty, and provide an idyllic setting for your home’s landscape. For many, there is nothing better than the smell of a fresh cut yard and satisfaction of a yard well maintained.
On the other hand, yards have their downsides as well. For starters, they take a lot of time and effort to maintain. You’ll either have to carve the consistent time out of your schedule to keep up a good looking yard, or fork out the money to have someone else do it.
Lawns also utilize a lot of water, which can be a big detractor depending on where you live. If you live in an area of the country where water is a scarce commodity, then it might cost you a lot of money to keep a yard up.
Either way, a lawn is probably the biggest consideration when you are evaluating your next home’s backyard.
Consider Whether You Want a Garden
Gardening is an age-old hobby and pastime for many American’s, and is growing in popularity in recent years. As more and more people to look to take control of their food source and grow their own crops, gardening has made a resurgence in recent decades.
If gardening is a priority for you, then you’ll need to make sure your next home’s backyard is well primed for one. Otherwise, you might stuck not being able to grow the fruits, vegetables, and flowers that you want to.
For starters, your backyard will need to have at least one area that receives ample sunshine. While not all plants in a garden need sun, most do. And without sun, a garden is basically a non-starter.
Next, you’ll want to check the soil quality of the backyard you are looking at. Many areas of the country have bad soil, or dirt that is devoid of any nutrients. This can be worked on, but it takes time and energy to replenish soil and bring it up to a standard that can grow plants well.
Finally, investigate the drainage of the yard you are looking at. Well-drained soil always does better, and yards that pool up water become swampy and don’t typically sustain a garden. It can be hard to evaluate a home for this characteristic, but see if you can check the yard right after a rainstorm to see what it looks like.
Consider Whether You Want to Entertain Outdoors
If you’re a family that loves to entertain guests, there is often nothing better than spring and summer evenings hanging out on the patio with family and friends. However, some yards are not set up for this, and you’ll need to consider this as you look at your next house.