What is one feature a home's backyard/ front yard must have when considering buying?

We believe one of the key factors in determining whether or not a buyer wants to purchase a home is the backyard/ front yard, especially if they have children and pets.
  • December 03 2013 - Atlanta
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One thing I like to see in a front yard is lovely pathway to the front door.

This feature is often overlooked and under appreciated.  I often see pathways that are impractical to access from the front parking areas or are uncomfortable and even hazardous to use.

A pathway should be easily accessible by your guests, be amply wide, free from cracks and defects in the surface and overgrowing shrubs.  It should be a visually inviting lead-in to the focal point of your front door.

While pathways created with greenery in between tiles and stones are beautiful, be certain that the tiles are large enough, and close together enough, to provide sure footing for guests in high heeled shoes and during inclement weather.  This also keeps your greenery intact and keeps the mud out of your home!

Creating a good pathway is an easy way to be head&shoulders above your competition when it comes to curb appeal.


- Tanya Demjanec, REALTOR®
  • December 09 2013
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Curb appeal (the front yard) far outweighs what the backyard looks like.
  • December 06 2013
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Price and location dictate what a buyer may  anticipate to find in a back and front yards.  If you have pets you would love a fenced backyard, or at least a dog pen.  Wherever the property may be you want to see the lawn healthy and well cared for and properly landscaped.
  • December 06 2013
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I would say the size and if it is currently fenced in.
  • December 04 2013
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I believe the key to a good backyard is the size and usability of the yard. Do the kids have the room to play? Do you have room to BBQ and have social gatherings? Is it aesthetically pleasing and relaxing? Is it easy to take care of? These are some of the questions I would ask myself. As for the front yard some of the same questions apply. How manageable is it? Always look for trees that drink lots of water and their proximity to the main water line, that can be a problem in the future! 
  • December 03 2013
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