Another important consideration when you are looking for that new home is the yard. How much maintenance will it take, how safe it is and who all will be out in the yard are all things to think about before making that offer. Here are some different things that each household member may be thinking of when they see a yard at a house:
Adult's View - If you are the one who maintains the yard, the first thing you may notice is how big the yard is and what kind of shape it is in. You will be thinking of how hard it will be to mow or keep the weeds out. Your partner may love the full landscaping with all the different types of plants, but you may just see tons of work. An older adult may want zero maintenance and not care if there is any grass at all or may enjoy sitting outside and wants to see lovely flowers and trees. It's important to find something that everyone can live with and enjoy.
Child's View - Children may view a yard that you think is awful with wonder and awe! That huge tree with the lower limbs may look like an amazing jungle gym to them, or that perfectly manicured yard and fence may look boring and uninviting. If you want your kids to enjoy being outside, make sure you consider what they might like and need. Climbing a tree might be dangerous, however having a space where you can add some outdoor play equipment might be a good investment. Kids don't care about weeds or perfect landscaping so if you are buying that house because "the kids need that yard" make sure it's actually one they will like to be in or you may have a large maintenance problem on your hands. My son has a lovely home. They could use a slightly larger one, but they have this yard that is magical to their two young daughters, so needless to say, finding a house isn't too hard, but a house with a yard that wonderful for the girls, well that is a whole other story! Try to look at a yard with your child's eyes. You want them to love your new home and yard as much as you do.
Pet's View - A fenced in yard may be a must for a dog of yours, but you also need to be sure it's a safe fence with no ways they can get out. Also, you need to know what hazards there are for your pets especially if they will be spending time out there unsupervised. Watch out for poisonous weeds or other plants. Weed killer can be deadly to pets. Another thing very important for your pets outdoors is a way to get out of the sun or other elements if they are out there. A fence or shade for a pet can be added AFTER a home purchase, however the cost may be enough that you won't be able to get it right away, so keep that in mind as well.
Our home isn't just about what's inside, but about the outside too. You want to enjoy all of it. You want to be happy when you pull up and see your new home and you don't want to dread being outside. AND if you want to enjoy the backyard with your entire household, then you need to consider everyone's idea of a great backyard so you won't be out there all alone!