A REAL ESTATE PERSON has used his years of experience selling real estate and issued his set of rules to add value to your home.
His top advice is to put up a privacy fence but there are also some major taboos that he says should be avoided.
They may surprise some homeowners.
The best investment is paying attention to your backyard, he says.
This can pay dividends when you sell your home and get top dollar.
David V Cinelli (@davidvcinelli_realtor) is a Toronto-based real estate broker and podcast host devoted to all things real estate oriented.
“If you are looking to make some changes to your backyard, [consider] what will give you value if you’re trying to sell and what doesn’t really give you value.”
Number one on his list is a barrier from prying eyes.
“The first thing you want to do is put up a privacy barrier,” he urges viewers.
“Privacy fences include wooden fences, usually at least 6 feet high,” or even taller.
Once this is done, he suggests paying attention to the lawn.
“The second thing is to create a landscape with a sprinkler system. Well-manicured lawns are a definite plus,” he insisted.
But there are two common backyard features that he says need to be removed: the hot tub and the pool.
“You can absolutely love your pool and you can just look at homes with pools,” he says, “but that doesn’t matter much to buyers.
He thinks the pool is very personal. What may be important to a home seller may not be important to a home buyer.
“So you can order a pool that you really love [but] someone hates it and they don’t like the design, [or] it’s not deep enough.
“So you don’t always get your money back.”
The same goes for the backyard staple, the hot tub.
“Some people absolutely hate hot tubs,” says David.
“So if you’re looking to figure out where to put the money, landscaping and fences,” he advises.
But not everyone agreed and one commenter challenged him.
“Not true about the pool. Depending on the area to be searched after. I agree with hot tubs but nobody buys hot tubs just to add value.”