Zillow’s data showed that one of the top home trends to watch this year is the backyard and outdoor features. Homebuyers are after backyards and this feature is mentioned in property listings more often than in 2021. In fact, backyards are now highlighted in 1 out of every 5 Zillow listing descriptions. “The rising popularity of outdoor features suggests the pandemic has changed the way we want to live for good, priming the backyard for a 2023 evolution,” said Amanda Pendleton, Zillow’s home trends expert. To help sell your home, upgrade it with outdoor features.
Spots for Lounging
An outdoor area is a great place for entertaining and relaxation. Creating spaces and spots for lounging is a feature that you must have in your backyard. You can consider a hammock strung up between deck posts or trees. A lounging chair is ideal for reading or sunbathing. Add outdoor pillows to boost comfort.
Include outdoor lighting for your late afternoon and night activities. Porch lights that illuminate access to the house is a good start. Add lights that will cover the areas for grill and work areas. For safety, illuminate the steps and walkways.
The patio is a welcoming space and extension of a house and needs to be planned for each of the seasons. Patios are usually surfaced using brick or stone and decorated with weatherproof furniture. Consider adding color and texture to your outdoor furniture.
From spring to fall, families and friends enjoy eating outdoors, including grilling. For your outdoor kitchen, aside from a grill, add a countertop and sink for food preparation. Enhance your outdoor cooking experience with a separate side burner, refrigerator, and a closed cabinet.
One of the best focal point of your backyard is a fireplace, these may be built-in or moveable. Entertaining by a fire creates a warm and cozy atmosphere for you, your family and guests. Moreover, it ties up the overall look of your backyard bringing that “wow” factor to your property.
Highlighting your backyard as a selling point helps your potential buyer to envision living in your property.
On a final note, these upgrades are suggestions that are worth considering for the resale of your property. If you are unsure of the popular backyard features in your area, contact your local real estate agent.