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Should I Buy a Home with a Big Backyard?

By: Tanya Torres

If you are thinking about purchasing a home, you might already have an idea of what kind of home you want for yourself and your family. You might have been dreaming about the perfect home for yourself for a while now and you can picture it right down to the mailbox in your front yard. Although you might have pictured this home and have your heart set on certain features for it, you will not know how you feel about certain things you cannot change in the long run like your backyard. But things change and you do not know if you should go with a big or small backyard anymore. If you choose one over the other then you might be faced with limitations in the long run or you might face backyard work that you can no longer keep up with. Whatever your reason, you need to make sure if a big backyard is right for you. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide which yard size to go for.

 

Pros

Play Area

If you have kids or are planning to have kids in the future then having a big backyard is a dream come true for you and your little ones. It allows the kids to grow up playing in the safety of your home by having the ability to add a slide with swings, a trampoline or pool and more. Another added bonus is if you have pets like a dog. You can let them run free and roam around the yard while encouraging healthy exercise at home rather than having to go out on a walk outside of your home. If you do not have kids or pets then a big backyard can still be used as a type of “play area” for you since you can add a pool, jacuzzi, an outside kitchen to make your parties amazing when friends come over. 

Growth

A big yard means that there is a potential to grow and add onto your home rather than be limited with a small yard. For example, if you are thinking of extending your home some more than you have all the space in the world to do so since your backyard is big enough to have that happen. This also ensures that you still have a decent sized backyard should you choose to extend your home. Another reason why a big backyard can be beneficial to you is if you want to add a shed, an additional garage, a huge playset for your kiddos that mimics American Ninja Warrior and so on. 

 

Buffer

Having neighbors can be pretty cool if you have awesome ones who enjoy the same things as you do, but that doesn’t mean that you want to see them while you are relaxing in your yard. When you have a big backyard, it can be used as a buffer between you and your neighbors rather than be so close to each other. 

 

Curb Appeal

Having a beautiful green backyard also makes your home look great because it adds to the curb appeal to your home. Having good curb appeal makes not only your home look good but it also shows off how much effort you put into your home. Good curb appeal is also extremely beneficial when you are selling your home. You want your home to look its best and a nice curb appeal will showcase the features of your home. 

 

Cons 

Upkeep

If you like having to keep a backyardtidy and looking its best then a big backyard will be perfect for you. But after a while having to deal with upkeep can become tedious and tiring which is why you have to really think about whether a big backyard is ideal for you. Although you can always pay to have your backyard kept up, it might put a strain on you financially in the long run. Before you decide on a home with a big backyard, think about whether you will be ok with keeping up with it for a few hours every other day.

 

Cost

Spending money on things like landscaping, water and paying someone to keep up with your yard can really add up. If you feel like that those costs are worth it then a big backyard should be fine for you. But if you do not believe you are financially stable to be paying these costs all year long then a big backyard might not be the ideal feature for you. 

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal will really make or break you when it comes to selling your home or even when you have guests coming over. You do not want to be that house that is an eyesore in the entire neighborhood which is why it is important to keep up with your yard. However, when you have a big yard it amplifies all the good and qualities of a home and that means if your home has a yellow yard, patches in the grass or a bunch of weeds then it will make your home look bad. Think about whether you will be able to keep up with your yard before you decide on buying a home with a large yard instead of a small one. 

 

Tanya Torres is a content writer for Brian Burds at Century 21 who has written several publications as a freelance writer for KISS-FM, Fusion Magazine, El Paso Times and so on.

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