How Outdoor Space Can Help Sell Your Home

AUTHOR:BRENDON DESIMONE at Zillow

 

Humorist Fran Lebowitz once wrote,

“The outdoors is what you have to go through to get from the apartment into the taxi.”

But she’s an exception. When considering a new property, nearly every home buyer considers the outdoors in some way as a requirement for a property they’re considering.

If the buyer is looking for a home in the suburbs, they want to know about the size of the lot, access to the yard, whether or not there’s a pool, or the location of the lot in relation to the neighborhood.

Some buyers love properties on corner lots; others, not so much. In more urban areas, buyers want to know if a property has any outdoor space at all and, if not, where is the nearest park?

Big cities, small spaces

Just having some outdoor access doesn’t always do the trick, either, unless you’re in a large city like New York, where private outdoor space is few and far between and therefore something to be coveted. New York City apartmentswith a deeded, usable outdoor space often sell for 20 to 30 percent more than the same apartment without the highly sought-after outdoor access.Read More At Zillow.com http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-03-27/how-outdoor-space-can-help-sell-your-home/

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