Features To Examine In The Yard When Shopping For A House

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While it is always important to fully examine the inside of a home when shopping for one to buy, it is also important to examine the yard too. There are a lot of important features of yards you should evaluate when shopping for a house, and here are some of the features of yards that you should pay attention to.

Water drainage

The first feature to look at is the setup of the yard to see if there are any water drainage issues. Do you see standing water in the yard? Are there low spots in the yard? Does the yard seem to have a slope that is going away from the house? These are all good questions to ask as you examine the yard of a house you like.

Amount of work

The second thing to look at is the amount of work the yard will require to prepare it and maintain it. Is the yard fully landscaped and ready to go, or does it need some work? Additionally, how much time will it require to maintain this yard if you purchased this house, and are you prepared to spend this much time handling the maintenance tasks?


You should also take note of the size of the yard. Does it offer the space you need, or does it have too much space? If you have a lot of kids or dogs and need space, you would need to make sure the yard space a home offers will be sufficient for your needs.


If you have kids or dogs, you might want a house that has a fenced in backyard. Therefore, you should see if the yard has this or not. If it does not, you may want to find out if you can put up a fence in the yard if you bought this house, and you would have to read over the covenants of the neighborhood to find this out.


Finally, you should spend some time outside of a home you are interested in to see what types of neighbors there are and how they may affect your life if you live there. Loud neighbors can be distracting to live by, and messy neighbors can be annoying, and this is why it is important to analyzes the neighbors of a house you might want to buy before you put in an offer.

If you would like to view homes for sale and need help with this, you can begin your journey by contacting a local real estate agent.


22 May 2019

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.