What To Do With That Perfectly-Perfect, Level and Expansive Backyard?
Posted on April 25th, 2012
Sometimes you hit the jackpot, and you buy a house with a perfectly-perfect, level and expansive backyard…. The kind of backyard in which you can play a game of football or soccer with the family and neighbors, put in your own ice hockey rink for the winter, install a fun play set for the kids, display all kinds of tree and plant specimens, have lavish outdoor parties with all of your closest friends or simply just take in the beauty of its expansiveness on a daily basis. These backyard uses, however, assume that you want to keep your perfectly-perfect backyard as it is. But what if you don’t? What if you want to make some changes to your backyard so that you can use it for specific recreational purposes. And so you install a tennis court, sports court or pool (of course this assumes that you don’t have a septic system located directly under your backyard). The bottom line is that the possibilities are endless however you choose to use and enjoy your perfectly-perfect backyard.
The answer to this question might change, however, when considered from a re-sale perspective, especially if you buy your home knowing that you will be selling it again in the very short term. The optimal sales objective is to have your home and land appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. You already know where I’m going with this…. And so a pool, for example, may not appeal to families with babies and toddlers. Similarly a tennis court may not appeal to those who don’t play tennis and a sports court may not appeal to empty nesters. This is all well and good – and true t00 – yet there is something to be said for enjoying your property just how you want no matter whether you plan to sell your home in two or 20 years….
From my own personal perspective, I am lucky enough to have an almost-perfect, level and expansive backyard. The reason it’s almost-perfect rather than perfectly-perfect is because my septic system is located beneath it, and so my possibilities are limited…. But what about you? What are your thoughts on this fun-to-ponder subject? Would you keep your perfectly-perfect backyard as it is because you simply love it that way not to mention that you’ll get the added benefit of appealing to the widest array of buyers as possible when you eventually sell your home? Or would you put in a sport court for your kids who are avid basketball players or a pool because your family loves to have neighborhood pool parties? I can’t wait to hear….
For more information about the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns or if you are considering selling your home, please contact me, Lisa Williams (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.