Highlight outdoor features when selling your home

Q: We have updated our kitchen and baths. What else can we do so our house will sell quickly when we put it on the market?

A: Please don’t forget the outside. The backyard should be filled with amenities to get you top dollar.

Here are some things to consider:

Privacy: For many buyers, privacy is a top priority. This is especially important in homes where neighbors are close in proximity. If you have large hedges or a tall fence around your property, be sure to point this out in your listing.

Smart irrigation system. This is environmentally friendly as well as a great selling feature. With many of today’s buyers coming from the millennial generation, it’s important to highlight something that is tech-friendly and sustainable. There are many options to choose from, such as a system that can be controlled via Bluetooth as well as some that are solar powered. Highlight this feature in your listing, including the environmental and financial benefits.

Kid/pet friendly spaces. When it comes to your outdoor space, have one or more areas dedicated to children and pets. For example, if you have a doghouse in your yard, consider leaving it on the property and add it to your listing. The same goes for swing sets, playhouses and treehouses. If a buyer has young children, these can be attractive features that can help your house stand out.

Outdoor kitchen. More people are spending time at home and crave an outdoor living space that checks all of their boxes. Rather than a grill and a simple patio set, today’s buyers are looking for outdoor features for entertainment and relaxation. And what is more relaxing than having everything you need right at your fingertips? Consider adding a small fridge, counter and storage space, a bar cart and even a pizza oven. Of course, not every backyard features a fully equipped kitchen, but if you have one, be sure to highlight it.

Talk to your real estate agent about how to best showcase these outdoor add-ons to ensure you get the most value for your house.

Olympic House

Q: The recent Olympic Games got me thinking about the Olympic House in Lake Placid, N.Y. Do you have any information?

A: In fact, it’s currently listed for sale for $950,000. That might seem like a bargain because of its history, but it isn’t very fancy. Because the house has 6,337 sq. ft., it is being marketed as a great investment home. Situated on 0.08 acres on upscale Hillcrest Avenue, the Olympic House could be easily converted into a vacation rental, bed & breakfast or even condominiums.

The Olympic House was built in 1924. Until recently, it was still used as an Athlete’s Inn where past and future Olympians would stay while they trained in the surrounding area. German dignitaries stayed in this historic 11-bedroom, 11-bath house during the 1980 Winter Olympics.

The home features three fireplaces, beautiful hardwood floors, four owners’ quarters with separate entrance, two patios that face the large backyard, French doors, a two-car garage, spacious and meticulously maintained guest rooms and tons of character.

Lynne French is a Realtor with Compass Real Estate and captain of the Lynne French Team. Contact her at lynne@lynnefrench.com or 925-672-8787.