Selling Your Home? Here’s How to Make the Most of a Small Backyard

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.

Open house on 10/15/2017 at 56 Moore Ave Worcester, MA 01602


Date: 10/15/2017 Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM  
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Large Price Adjustment! Grand Old Dame..Need space??…6+ Bedrooms!..This Nicely renovated Colonial has a Grand Foyer with Hardwood Flooring and an Office/Den on one side and a large Formal Dining Room with Parquet Flooring and French Doors on the other..There is a cozy Formal Living Room with a Fireplace that opens to the Wraparound Deck..The Remodeled Kitchen opens to the Deck and is open to the Family Room with a Gas stove…There is a Full Bath off The Kitchen..The Master Suite has a beautiful Marble Full Bath with Jetted Tub and Walk-In Shower and opens to a Private Deck…The adjacent Dressing/Sitting Room adjoins The Nursery/Craft Room..There are 3 additional Bedrooms and a Full Bath on the second level and Linen closets and storage galore!..The Third Level has 3 Additional Bedrooms..The incredible Heated Barn has 2 Garage Stalls and Storage..Off Street parking for 5-6 additional cars..REPLACEMENT WINDOWS!!..YOUNG ROOF!!..Dead End Street..Walk to Tatnuck Square!!

Single-Family – 56 Moore Ave Worcester, MA 01602 now has a new price of $399,900!

Large Price Adjustment! Grand Old Dame..Need space??…6+ Bedrooms!..This Nicely renovated Colonial has a Grand Foyer with Hardwood Flooring and an Office/Den on one side and a large Formal Dining Room with Parquet Flooring and French Doors on the other..There is a cozy Formal Living Room with a Fireplace that opens to the Wraparound Deck..The Remodeled Kitchen opens to the Deck and is open to the Family Room with a Gas stove…There is a Full Bath off The Kitchen..The Master Suite has a beautiful Marble Full Bath with Jetted Tub and Walk-In Shower and opens to a Private Deck…The adjacent Dressing/Sitting Room adjoins The Nursery/Craft Room..There are 3 additional Bedrooms and a Full Bath on the second level and Linen closets and storage galore!..The Third Level has 3 Additional Bedrooms..The incredible Heated Barn has 2 Garage Stalls and Storage..Off Street parking for 5-6 additional cars..REPLACEMENT WINDOWS!!..YOUNG ROOF!!..Dead End Street..Walk to Tatnuck Square!!

This is a Colonial style home and features 13 total rooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, 6 bedrooms, 0.48 Acres, and is currently available for $399,900.

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How To Avoid Problems With Your Hot Water Heater In Your Home

You may not think much about your hot water heater. Unless of course, your hot water heater ends up breaking down. Hot water is so important in our homes, yet we take this resource for granted. Hot water does a lot in our homes from clean our laundry to disinfect our dishes to heat up our showers. We use it without thinking about it.  

If you neglect your hot water heater it can cause some costly damage to your home. Your basement could end up flooded. Pipes can burst. You can be without the use of hot water for days- even weeks- if you’re not vigilant about taking care of your hot water heater. 

Once water is gushing from the source, the best course of action is to simply shut the water off to your home. Before you even get to that point there are some tell tale signs of damage to your hot water heater that can be detected before major issues arise. First, if you notice any type of water around your hot water heater, you should get it checked out. Don’t look at it as “no big deal.” Any type of moisture or water stains around the water heater itself are a sure sign that something isn’t right with the unit.

As a homeowner, you should know just how old your hot water heater is. Usually, the installation date on the heater is noted somewhere along with the serial number. The typical hot water heater lasts about 9-11 years. If you live in an area with hard water, this number can vary.   

The Cleanup

Once the damage is done to your hot water heater you’ll likely have a large cleanup project on your hands. You’ll need to call water extraction services that will help dry out the area and clean up any baseboards that can become hazardous. Sometimes, these projects can get a bit bigger than you’d ever expect. After the water is pumped out, the cleanup has only just begun.  

Why Hot Water Heaters Fail

The minerals from water tend to build up (especially in the case of hard water) and cause the unit to rust out form the inside. While the inside of the tank contains glass, it does have metal pieces that can rust. You can replace certain parts of the hot water heater from time to time to keep it in good working order, the best prevention is to replace your water heater when the time is right. Don’t let the unit sit until way past its expiration date.

Being The Homeowner

As a homeowner, you probably wonder if something like a broken water heater were to happen if your insurance would cover the cost of the damage. The insurance will cover the cost of cleanup and repairs. The insurance will not cover the cost to replace the hot water heater or any labor costs. The only way the entire cost would be covered is if you have a home warranty. 

A simple thing that you can get to help alleviate major damage to your home from a hot water heater is to get an alarm. This little device is inexpensive and will alert you when any water hits near the areas of the alarm. This could save you a lot of costly damage and repairs. The most important thing that you can do in your home to prevent major damage from a hot water heater is to stay vigilant and keep on top of maintenance and replacement timelines.