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Many sellers aren’t sure how to give a positive spin to their small backyard. We imagine that most homeowners want a large expanse of green with various types of trees and maybe even room for a vegetable garden.

However, there are ways to make a small yard a good thing. After all, less yard means less grass to mow and water and worry over when drought hits.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on making your tiny yard appealing to buyers.

Decorate wisely

Making an area seem more spacious is often a matter of smart decorating. Just like you can make a room appear bigger with bright colors and mirrors, you can make a yard appear bigger with proper landscaping and outdoor furniture.

When it comes to patio furniture, keep it simple. You don’t need a massive set of furniture in a small yard, and filling your yard up with chairs will make it feel crowded.

Choose a few well-placed decorations for your yard, and keep it simple.

Container gardening

A good way to make a small yard feel more in touch with nature is to plant in containers. Sticking to a central theme with your plants will give the yard a sense of continuity and simplicity that will make it feel welcoming.

Container gardening is also a good option for people who live in arid areas prone to drought. You can choose drought resistant plants that are easy to maintain.

Landscaping is key

You know how a cluttered and messy bedroom feels small and unwelcoming? The same is true for a cluttered and unkempt backyard. Cutting the grass and trimming the trees and hedges will go a long way. However, also remember to not use your backyard as a storage space. Tools and equipment that aren’t put away will make the yard feel even smaller than it already is.

Set a focal point

Small backyards don’t need a lot of features and amenities. One key area is enough to satisfy the eye. Rather than choosing several small decorations, stick to one thing. Whether it’s a small box garden, a fireplace, or a well-placed tree, drawing the eye is one way to distract from the size of the space.

Small is a style

The last important thing to keep in mind is that houses with small backyards are usually found in locations where small backyards are expected. You wouldn’t dream of finding a large backyard behind a class brownstone in Brooklyn, and as a result, the small backyards of those builds have taken on a charm of their own.

If you aren’t sure about how to incorporate landscaping and decorations in your tiny backyard, look up some inspiration online for urban backyards that match the style of your home. This will attract buyers who are already looking for something that your home already has--character.



33 Depot Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$165,500
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Motivated Seller! Great Opportunity to own in town, walk to everything, close to area amenities and highway access. Hardwood floors throughout. Updated Kitchen and baths. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is a score in today's market. Well maintained. Front porch to relax on. Back deck to entertain. On the first floor is kitchen, pantry, half bath, bedroom, dining room, and living room. On the second level you will find full bath and 3 bedrooms. On the third floor is a loft perfect for an office or play room. The basement is partially finished. This is the one you've been waiting for! Affordable! Come see it today! Close to area amenities and highway access.
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33 Depot Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$166,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Motivated Seller! Great Opportunity to own in town, walk to everything, close to area amenities and highway access. Hardwood floors throughout. Updated Kitchen and baths. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is a score in today's market. Well maintained. Front porch to relax on. Back deck to entertain. On the first floor is kitchen, pantry, half bath, bedroom, dining room, and living room. On the second level you will find full bath and 3 bedrooms. On the third floor is a loft perfect for an office or play room. The basement is partially finished. This is the one you've been waiting for! Affordable! Come see it today!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Ready to sell a house for the first time? Ultimately, selling a house can be challenging, particularly for those who are unfamiliar with the real estate sector. But with the right home selling guidance, you should have no trouble getting the best price for your house, regardless of your property selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three vital tips for first-time home sellers.

1. Consider Your Home in Relation to the Housing Market

Although you've likely enjoyed your residence for an extended period of time, you might have no idea how your house compares to similar homes in your area. Fortunately, a first-time home seller who assesses the real estate sector closely can find out how his or her residence stacks up against the competition and plan accordingly.

Check out the prices of available houses in your city or town. By doing so, you may be able to define a "competitive" price for your home based on the present housing market's conditions.

Also, don't forget to analyze the prices of recently sold homes in your area. This housing market data can help you determine whether you're about to enter a buyer's market or a seller's market.

2. Conduct a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal gives you the opportunity to gain expert insights into the current condition of your house. After the home appraisal is finished, you can decide if property repairs are necessary to upgrade your residence before you add it to the real estate market.

Hire an experienced home appraiser to complete your property appraisal – you'll be glad you did. This home appraiser likely understands the ins and outs of examining a house's interior and exterior. As such, he or she will go above and beyond the call of duty to provide you with comprehensive insights that may help you find ways to differentiate your house in a competitive housing market.

In addition, evaluate the results of a home appraisal closely. These results may prove to be essential, as they can empower you with the insights you need to enhance your residence both inside and out and boost your chances of optimizing the value of your house.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is happy to work with a first-time home seller and help this individual achieve his or her property selling goals.

Usually, a real estate agent will help a first-time home seller establish realistic property selling expectations. He or she will provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations to help a first-time seller minimize stress throughout the property selling journey as well.

With support from a real estate agent, a first-time home seller may be able to accelerate the property selling cycle too. A real estate agent will even respond to a home seller's concerns and questions time and time again.

When it comes to selling a house for a first time, there is no need to worry. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips for first-time home sellers, and you can seamlessly navigate the property selling cycle.


This Single-Family in Shutesbury, MA recently sold for $145,500. This Cape style home was sold by Kate Hogan - Sawicki Real Estate.


14 Great Pines Dr, Shutesbury, MA 01072

Single-Family

$148,900
Price
$145,500
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
A charming 1938 cape only a few feet from beautiful Lake Wyola, this year-round home is perfect for summer getaways or your permanent cottage in the woods. With two bedrooms and the possibility for more, this cozy home retains much of its original character and is the perfect place to relax and get back to a quieter style of life. With recent upgrades (newer water heater, newer furnace, washer, and dryer) the house is the perfect country property; simply kick back and enjoy! It's only a 2 minute walk to the private, community beach where you can take advantage of everything Lake Wyola and her 130 acres of fun has to offer. Only 25 minutes from Amherst, Northampton, and I-91, no matter where you're coming from, this home truly stands apart for its character, location, and ambiance.






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