4 Ways Your Yard May be Turning Away Potential Buyers

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 12:21pm.

Yards and gardens are often the first things people see when they head to a home. As a result, they can end up attracting potential buyers or send them packing. If your home has a yard and garden, here are some things you may be doing that are turning people off your home before they even see the inside. If you avoid these all-too-common mistakes, you could be on your way to more potential buyers and a better overall sale.

1. The Yard is Unkempt

A dirty lawn, yard, or garden never bodes well for the home inside. Besides being unsightly, homes with poorly-maintained yards often have maintenance problems inside. The correlation may just be in people’s minds, but it does give any potential buyer less confidence in your home being well-maintained and relatively problem-free. A well-ket garden, by contrast, can attract people just on pure aesthetics, and make people feel more comfortable about the home itself.

2. It Has Elaborate Water Features

Water features are usually quite beautiful. A koi fish pond, waterfall, or false creek can add serenity and a bit of nature to almost any yard, but they can also turn off potential buyers. Almost every water feature, from the simple pond to the elaborate stone creek with pump and waterfall, mean continual maintenance. And if a potential buyer is on the market for a relatively maintenance-free yard, a water feature means extra work once they move in.

3. You Have a Pool or Hot Tub

Similar to a water feature, pools and hot tubs rarely actually add real value to your home. There’s a few reasons for it. First, they are a real safety issue for families with small children and many new parents would rather avoid such an issue entirely. Second, just like other water features, pools and hot tubs have a lot of upkeep and maintenance attached to them. But unlike a simple koi pond, maintenance and running costs of a hot tub or pool is substantially more expensive. And in the Edmonton area, with its famously cold winters and short summers, the garden-dominating pool may simply not be worth the effort.

4. Big Plants Near the House

A tree that brushes against a window. Bushes that seem out of control. Shrubs that got out of hand and are now blocking the view. Big plants, whether they started smaller or not, can ruin the look of your home and potentially add danger to the home in general. If your yard has plants that grow right up against the house, they can turn off potential buyers. Not only do they pose a safety hazard, they can make your yard look out of control, and look like a lot of money will be needed to get things back the way they should.

If you’re selling your home in Edmonton, be sure to pay special attention to the yard and garden. A well-kept and well-maintained outdoor area could be the difference between a sale and someone running away as fast as they can.

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