Outdoor Elements Buyers Look for When Purchasing a Home | Langhorne Group

Thursday, May 12, 2022   /   by Sofie Langhorne

Outdoor Elements Buyers Look for When Purchasing a Home | Langhorne Group

Anyone looking to purchase a home will likely have their own checklist of things they are looking for, but there are some commonalities among buyers when it comes to what they want from an outdoor space. Whether your ideal backyard is big and lush or minimalist with plenty of room for entertaining, knowing what buyers are drawn to can help you sell your home faster and more money. Here are the things outdoor elements buyers look for when purchasing a home. 

Outdoor living spaces

When it comes to outdoor living spaces, buyers are looking for features to enhance their outdoor experiences and make their homes more enjoyable.

Depending on the type of outdoor space they are seeking, some buyers might prioritize patios, while others may be looking for decks or gardens. Regardless of what is most important to buyers, most people are looking for outdoor areas that provide plenty of outdoor activities and relaxing opportunities. Whether connected to the main home or separate from it, outdoor living spaces should be well-maintained and thoughtfully designed to provide comfort and convenience for those who use them. Overall, outdoor living spaces can be an excellent selling point for any home, as they appeal to buyers across all demographics and lifestyle preferences. So if you're thinking of selling your home in the near future, start by considering which outdoor features you should focus on to attract potential buyers.


When buying a home, one of the most important factors that buyers consider is the view. It can be pretty appealing and can make a difference in supporting a buyer's decision to purchase a particular home.

There are many different things buyers might be attracted to when considering views. Some may value serenity and solitude, while others prefer dramatic views of wildlife or bustling cityscapes. Regardless of what draws them in, more often than not, buyers are willing to pay a premium for homes with stunning outdoor vistas.

For this reason, sellers need to highlight their property's outdoor features when listing their homes for sale. With professional photography and carefully curated descriptions, sellers can help showcase the full potential of their property and encourage buyers to see it as an ideal place for them to call home. By highlighting outdoor views, sellers can increase their chances of attracting more buyers and getting top dollar for their property. After all, having a gorgeous outdoor view is something that many people find irresistible!


When adding outdoor lighting to your home, it is important to think about both aesthetics and functionality. On the one hand, well-placed lights can help to make your home look more inviting and welcoming. By creating the right ambiance with soft, subtle light or dramatic pools of illumination, lighting can be a powerful tool to set the mood of your outdoor space. Additionally, lighting can enhance key architectural features, drawing attention to your home's unique characteristics and improving its overall visual appeal.

But beyond aesthetics, outdoor lighting can also contribute to the value of your property. Additionally, It can increase your home's appeal in terms of looks and usability to more potential buyers by highlighting walkways and entrances and creating an illuminated space for entertaining guests on summer evenings or winter nights. So if you are selling your home, add value to your property by ensuring to invest in quality outdoor lighting. 


Home sellers often focus on the interior of their house when preparing it for sale, but the outdoor features are just as important. A well-manicured lawn and garden can make a big difference in curb appeal, which is the first thing potential buyers will see when they pull up to your home. First impressions are important, so it's essential to ensure your landscaping is neat and inviting. Hiring a professional landscape company can be a wise investment if you're unsure where to start. They can help you create a plan that fits your budget and gives your home the best chance of selling quickly and for top dollar.

Trees and plants 

Homebuyers are searching for houses that have an inviting and well-maintained outdoor space. In particular, having trees and plants around the home can increase its value by 15%. Home sellers who want to be able to attract the most interested and qualified buyers should work to make their outdoor spaces as attractive as possible. This is accomplished by carefully pruning, mulching, and adding elements such as flagstone patios, trellises standing garden beds, stone pathways, or decorative pots and planters. 

Helping to create a charming and welcoming outdoor space is an excellent way for home sellers to enhance the value of their property and entice more home buyers. After all, who doesn't want a comfortable place to relax on a warm day or enjoy time with family and friends? So if you're looking to increase your home's value in today's competitive real estate market, it's definitely worth investing in some lush greenery and other attractive features around your house.

Water features 

Home sellers should go to great lengths to make their property more attractive to buyers. One way to do this is to add water features. Even a small fountain or pond can add a touch of elegance to a yard, and it can also be a very calming presence. 

For buyers considering a home with water features, it is also important to keep in mind that these elements will need to be maintained. Fountains and ponds will require regular cleaning, and the pump and other mechanical parts will need to be checked regularly. 

However, the addition of water features can be well worth the extra effort, as they can help your home stand out from the competition. It will also help you get closer to reaching your asking price.

Outdoor features can be a valuable addition to a property and should be considered when putting your home on the market. If you're aiming for a top dollar, reach out to learn more about how you could take advantage of our services that could help on increasing the value of homes like yours. With over a decade of experience in the real estate industry, we know what buyers are looking for and can help you present your home in the best light possible. Don't wait – contact us today!

Sofie Langhorne
DRE 01851983
Charles Langhorne
DRE 01009410
805 689 5759
1101 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, California 93108

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