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13 Outdoor Features Homebuyers Want

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The National Association of Realtors conducted a survey of the most desirable outdoor features homebuyers want. According to the NAR, curb appeal plays a significant role in tackling any outdoor project. Among REALTORS®, 94 percent have suggested sellers improve their curb appeal before listing a home for sale. When working with a residential seller, 99 percent of NAR members believe curb appeal is important in attracting a buyer (79 percent very important, 20 percent somewhat important). Ninety-seven percent believe curb appeal is important to a potential buyer (66 percent very important, 31 percent somewhat important).

Here is a list of the top 13 outdoor features homebuyers want (by desirability) that add value to your home when it comes time to sell it:

  1. Landscape Maintenance – Annual mulching, trim bushes, rake leaves & dead grass
  2. Landscape Upgrades – Flowering shrubs, at least 2 trees, unique sidewalk (flagstone, brick), stone features
  3. Standard Lawn Care Service – Regular application of fertilizer, weed control, insect control
  4. New Patio – Backyard area – concrete, brick or flagstone (minimum 18 x 16 feet)
  5. New Deck – Attached to the home (minimum 14 x 18 feet)
  6. Tree Care – Fertilizing, spraying, trimming and pruning (tree removal if necessary)
  7. Landscape Lighting – LED/Solar lights around the patio. Address of home.  Landscape features such as trees, bushes or statues.
  8. Statement Landscape – Unique trees.   Benches.  Flower/herb gardens
  9. Irrigation Systems – Both lawn and/or bushes around the home
  10. Outdoor Kitchen – Inset grill, small refrigerator, countertop space
  11. Fire Feature – Outdoor fireplace (wood-burning or gas). Firepit.
  12. Water Feature – A fountain or fish pond
  13. New Pool – Depends on the area of the country

Do these features match up to what you want in a new home? If you liked this article then you might be interested in these top kitchen trends.

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