Is a Big Yard Really That Important?

A big yard is on the wish list of many home buyers, but is it really that important.  Many potential buyers have a vision in their head of what they would do if only they had a big yard; what they don’t take into consideration is how much work goes into maintaining a large yard.  If you are a buyer who doesn’t have the time necessary to care for and landscape a large yard you may want to reconsider homes with moderate to average sized yards.

During your home search you may tour properties that feature a large yard, and they may seem appealing because of all of the hard work that the current owners have put into them.  What you need to take into consideration is whether you and your family are willing to put in that same amount of effort to maintain the existing landscaping and mowing.  There are many benefits to owning a home with a large yard, but there are also just as many drawbacks.

Another thing to consider when looking at a big yard is the amount of trees that are growing on the property.  Trees require a lot of maintenance, especially if they are in close proximity to the home.  If the property that you are viewing has a lot of trees, you should also inquire if any of them are varieties that produce fruit.  Fruit producing trees often lead to more birds, squirrels and raccoons which can present danger to your animals and children.  If you are not interested in keeping these trees should you purchase the home, you will also need to take into consideration the cost of removing the trees.

While having a large yard will allow you to entertain and host parties for your children, they also mean a lot of work before and after your next party.  In order to prepare your yard for a party, you will need to spend some time mowing and trimming the lawn.  Weeding any flower beds that may be part of your landscape and clearing the yard of any debris that your guests may stumble on.  If you enjoy entertaining regularly and hosting outdoor BBQ’s this is definitely something that you should consider.

Large yards can be a lot of fun for you and your family, but they can also require a lot of work to maintain.  Before you purchase a home with a large yard you should take into consideration everything that will need to be done on a regular basis to ensure that your yard continues to look great year round.  If you feel that a large yard may be more than you can handle or are willing to take on, you should choose a home with a yard that is within your landscaping abilities.

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