SURVEY: Bigger House vs. Bigger Yard

Elegant Backyard in northern CA

Here in beautiful Contra Costa County we enjoy glorious weather most of the year. Outdoor living is becoming just as important as the indoors, according to a recent Taylor Morrison survey. Survey results found home buyers crave green space and more than half say they’d be willing to sacrifice living s/f  for a bigger yard.

The most important exterior features is distance from existing neighbors. Buyers of all ages believe breathing room is key, even beating curb appeal elements such as driveway, paint color and roofing finishes. Features such as outdoor ‘living rooms,’ retractable floor to ceiling glass walls, matching tiled flooring are helping to create today’s more outdoor-oriented homes. Interest in the great outdoors is stronger among women. The survey also shows having more yard is a consistent desire among parents and non-parents alike, as well as across generations.

So, when remodeling, you will want to keep this in mind. The next owner will appreciate it and possibly pay more for your property!


DAYNA WILSON: As a real estate agent I have been working with homebuyers and sellers throughout the East Bay communities of Layfayette, Moraga, Orinda and Walnut Creek since 2009. As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582

READ NOW: Backyard Deal-Breakers Sellers Should Know

California Backyard with PoolEvery time a prospective buyer walks on to your property, they are looking for the things they want in their next home. These deal breakers can be anywhere in the home, but don’t forget about: the backyard.

The backyard is very important to family life.

After all, this is the place where children will enjoy their childhood and play in a safe and secure environment. Most home buyers are looking for usable outdoor space. Take some time to update your backyard without spending a lot of money.

Pool in the Backyard: To many buyers, a pool can be seen as an expensive maintenance fee that they will have to pay for on top of the mortgage. Once they see a pool, they’re going to start doing some calculations in their head, thinking, “Now how much is this going to cost me?” A pool can raise a flood of concerns over child safety, so ensure you have a child-safety fence surrounding the pool.

Size of the Lot: The appraisal of your home is typically made in two elements: the lot size and the actual value of the physical home. Getting rid of clutter, piles of bricks on the side yard and opening up the yard to make your lot feel larger will help you when it comes time to sell.

Pets: We love our furry friends! But, please… hide dishes, play toys and especially the kitty-litter box! Remember, some buyers won’t like the idea of having pets inside the house. This can be a deal breaker if the buyer is allergic to cats and/or dogs. Please have your pets in a safe place when buyers come to preview your home and yard.

Landscaping: With the price of water rising rapidly and recent droughts in California, grass isn’t as appealing as it once was. When frugal buyers see grass, they see a sky-high water bill that will eventually lead to a dead yard and a new project to be undertaken. Think about landscaping trends like using native plants, and other low maintenance options.

So What Are Home Buyers Looking For: A survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders found that new home buyers are looking for exterior lighting, lots of trees, a deck or patio, and a fenced-in yard. Another popular outdoor amenity is the outdoor fireplace/fire pit, outdoor kitchens, and the outdoor living room. Think comfy outdoor furniture, rugs, colorful pillows. Make an inviting space for folks to imagine relaxing, entertaining and dining al fresco under the stars.

Investing in the backyard can net you some of the highest returns. Knowing what home buyers are looking for will help you sell your property faster. That said, the exterior of your home is just as important as the interior of your home. Many people assume that the front and backyard aren’t crucial to the buying process so they overlook these pitfalls. Make sure that your backyard does not have any hidden deal breakers that could steer away new and possibly multiple bids!