It’s summertime and you know what that means! It’s time to kick off your shoes, wiggle your toes in the grass and invite family and friends over for a backyard get-together! Your backyard, as it is right now, may accommodate your get-togethers well enough, but if you’re looking to put your house on the market and have a quick sale… You need to step up your game.
Real estate agents have shared insights regarding what backyard upgrades you could do that’ll make your house stand out from other properties that are for sale in your area.
A swimming pool is probably the first feature that comes to mind when someone mentions summertime fun. How could it not? There’s nothing better than taking a dip in a pool when the sun feels like it’s baking you alive! Don’t get us wrong, a pool is great, but it’s not the top feature buyers want.
What do buyers want? A hot tub. It could be an in-ground hot tub or a freestanding one – buyers aren’t too picky. It’s worth noting that hot tubs can be a pricey addition to your backyard, but it’s worth the investment because you could see a 71% return on investment when you sell. It may not sound like much but when you take into consideration that you get to enjoy it between now and the time it sells, it’s worth every penny!
You can’t have a get-together during the summer and not have a barbecue! It’s just not the same without the smell of steaks, burgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob roasting on the grill. Sure, you might have a charcoal grill, but that grill pales in comparison to an outdoor kitchen!
Buyers appreciate a built-in grill, but they go ga-ga over a fully equipped kitchen that rivals the kitchen indoors (well, maybe not that well equipped). The built-in grill can be the central focus of your outdoor kitchen, but you might also want to add a wet bar, a few cabinets, a sink, and a mini refrigerator so your ingredients are within reach and you don’t have to run in and out of the house when you forget stuff.
A deck in the backyard is probably one of those features that you don’t think too much about. If you already have a deck, you’ll want to take some time to make sure all of the boards are screwed in place, there’s a fresh coat of stain or paint on it, and the wood is nice and smooth so that people won’t get splinters.
However, if you don’t have a deck or you want to build a brand new one, you could choose composite decking because it’s extremely low maintenance, it’s durable, and it comes in a variety of colors so it will match your house. When you build the deck, you could recoup up to 97% of that investment when you sell your house in Miami, Lauderhill, Margate, or other locations in Florida. This, of course, depends on your location, the size of the deck, and the materials you used.
Standing out in a crowded market isn’t impossible
The real estate market is competitive and while it’s a seller’s market, you’ll want to do whatever you can to make your house appeal to the most buyers possible. These three backyard upgrades can help you do that. We do recommend that you consult your real estate agent (if you have one) what features are popular among local buyers and you can choose which project(s) you’d like to take on.