After spending the better part of this year largely at home, one thing is resoundingly clear: Many of us want a change of scenery. ASAP. Existing home sales are the highest they’ve been in 14 years—with October marking a new high for 2020—and the median selling price is 16 percent higher than it was a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. So basically, if you’re thinking about selling your house, the time is now. However, there are a few things you can do to go from listed to sold in no time (including clearing out your clutter, going for a neutral palette, posting a virtual tour), but one recent trend really surprised us: turning your backyard into the new heart of the home. And including photos of it in your listing.
Google searches for “backyard amenities” are up 110 percent over the past year, and with CDC recommendations to host small holiday gatherings outdoors, that trend is unlikely to slow down anytime soon—even as winter approaches. (This holds true for urban areas too: According to StreetEasy, the share of searches for New York City apartments with outdoor space is up 249 percent since before the pandemic.)
Here, three ways to spruce up your outdoor space and attract buyers—whether you’re working with two acres or 50-square feet.