5 Things that make your backyard incredible: the ultimate checklist

With the warmer weather our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors. Thoughtfully designed landscaping and tall hedges or evergreens for privacy only add to the allure of your backyard.

But in addition to providing an outdoor haven from the work week and a great spot for leisure time and entertaining, which backyard features can add value to your property?

Tip 1: Block out the Neighbors

There are few things you can do in your backyard that bring as much pleasure (or drive as much appeal for buyers) than a private space with lots of greenery to shut out the neighbors. Evergreens for privacy as well as deciduous trees for shade make a good combination. Add a quality fence and you’re all set.

High brushes, plants and trees can create privacy and often look better than a fence.

Tip 2: Patios for Entertaining

According to Kiplinger, 87% of homebuyers want a backyard with a patio for entertaining. A beautiful flagstone or slate patio is a beautifully functional outdoor space where one can cook up a storm on the grill, and family and guests can gather around a table to share meals and laughs.

The dream of many future homeowners: An inviting patio to entertain on.

Tip 3: Fun ‘n’ Games

If you have a large yard, making it welcome for kids is a great way to keep them entertained. Swing sets and jungle gyms can help get kids out to play after school and on the weekends. For kids and adults, space for outdoor games like horseshoes and badminton, as well as a swimming pool help keep everyone active.

Plenty of opportunities for fun and games add appeal to any backyard.