Many people know that the way the front of a home looks can have a serious impact on its appeal. It’s what people are talking about when they mention curb appeal. It’s not the only part of your home’s exterior that matters though. There are things you can do to improve your backyard that will also improve your home’s appeal.

Plant More Trees

Trees can do wonderful things for a property’s appeal. This appeal is often even greater if those trees are specifically fruit trees. Trees offer many benefits to a home. They offer shade and privacy. They can also cool your property, reducing your energy bill in the summer. There are benefits to planting trees on the west, east, and north sides of your property. It all depends on what effect you’re trying to achieve. Keep in mind that it is unwise to allow branches from any of your trees to hang over your house.


Most of the time when people hear the word excavation it’s used in regards to archeological digs, but you might find it interesting to know that it can have a positive effect on your home’s appeal as well. In the case of your home, however, it usually just refers to landscaping. Strategic landscaping and excavation can make your property more visually appealing. Excavation can also help prevent water from reaching and flooding your home. To do so, your landscaping should slope away from your home. If it slopes towards your home, that’s a problem and should be addressed as soon as possible to keep water from damaging your home’s foundation.

Water Features

Backyard water features can also improve a home’s appeal. The sound of running water is relaxing to many people, so whether the feature is a fountain, a waterfall, a stream, or something else, there’s a good chance it will improve your yard’s appeal. You could also try a koi pond. Koi ponds offer the opportunity to observe beautiful, mesmerizing fish and have a water feature all in one go. Koi ponds are considered something of a luxury feature by many, so it may also boost your home’s market value as well as its aesthetic appeal.

Making the most of your property’s backyard can be a great way to improve the appeal of your home. You can do this by planting trees, landscaping strategically, and adding water features. These additions each offer multiple benefits, and can help turn what might otherwise be an ordinary lawn into something of a private sanctuary.

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