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Backyard Features that Increase Golf Home Resale Value

Previously, we've talked about ways to refresh a golf home's landscape. Now, we'll take a look at the backyard and features which help to increase resale value. What you should know about your golf property's resale potential is that even though it's in a great community, it should offer as much as possible. If you want to sell it for the biggest return on investment and sell faster, you should do what you can to make it more attractive. And, some key backyard features will help you to sell at a higher price.

Backyard Features that Decrease a Golf Home’s Resale Value

Now, before we get into things that increase a house's resale value, let's take a quick look at what hurts resale value. That's right, there are some common features which can act as impediments to selling a home. And, at the worst, to actually hurt its resale value. First on the list is the ubiquitous swimming pool. These are very common here in the Sunshine State and quite a few buyers welcome such an amenity. However, not all buyers like the idea of purchasing a home with a pool. For instance, elderly couples, as well as couples with small children. To these individuals, a pool represents a safety risk.

Did you know something as simple as landscaping can add value to your home? It’s true. An attractive home with a well-maintained yard is appealing to potential buyers. Landscaping goes beyond just plants and shrubs to hardscaping, which includes water features, decks, patios and other man-made improvements to your outdoor space. Not all hardscaping is worth the investment, but there are some to consider if you’d like to raise your home’s resale value. --U.S. News and World Report

Another thing golf home buyers generally object to is too much concrete. More buyers prefer as much green space as possible. Then, there are fruit trees. Yes, fruit trees. Okay, so these provide delicious snacks. But, fruit trees are notorious for being pest havens. Plus, fruit trees are quite messy, which makes them less-than-desirable. Finally, excessive lawn ornamentation. While a little is fine, too much looks like clutter and turns off buyers big time. (Along the same line is excessive landscaping or intricate landscaping, which buyers generally regard as a maintenance headache and too large an extra expense.)

Backyard Features that Increase Golf Home Resale Value

Since we've looked at the things which decrease the resale value of a golf home property, it's time to delve into the backyard features which pay off. Now, you don't necessarily need all of these, but having a few will help to sell your golf home quicker and for more money. Here are the top backyard features that help to increase a golf home's resale value:

  • Plenty of trees. This one might be obvious but it's definitely worth mentioning. Trees do a lot to boost the natural beauty of practically any home. For maximum effect, trees between three and eight years old offer the biggest benefit. Also, three to five trees strike a good balance, generally speaking.
  • Entertainment space. Buyers really, really like outdoor entertainment space. Particularly with a whole lot of seating and comfortable seating, at that. Also, other amenities which make outdoor entertainment a cinch to pull off.
  • A kids’ backyard playset. There's also a need to market to young couples with children. (But, this isn't always the case.) However, a kids' backyard playset is great for the online listing appeal. Of course, this won't appeal to all buyers, but it will be a key factor for couples with young kids.
  • Lighting everywhere. This one appeals to just about every type of buyer. Light is key because it allows you to use the outdoor space regardless of the time of day. Also, it's very helpful when you're grilling out and serving food. Strategically placed lighting does a whole lot to impress buyers and set a property apart from its competition.
  • Outdoor kitchen. Now, this is where it gets serious. Buyers typically adore having an outdoor kitchen. Not only because of its function, but also its style. And, it's a great way to entertain and keep the house traffic to a minimum. Plus, it's a great way to spend an afternoon with a full-blown pool party.
  • A water feature. A waterfall, Koi pond, and other water features do a lot to increase the appeal of a backyard. They bring more aesthetics to the space and are great source of relaxation. (But, water features can also be a turn off to buyers as they might regard them as too much maintenance. Or, as an extra expense that's unnecessary.)

If you are considering selling golf home, contact me for more advice about what to expect with the process. Plus, get help to navigate the entire process from beginning to end.

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