A great backyard can be the most relaxing part of a house. However, if neglected, it can also be one of the most stressful areas to maintain.

We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers—a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada—to find out the best ways to have a backyard you can boast about.

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Tidy Up!

Storage sheds and garages are key for tucking away gardening items so that they are not left lying out on the lawn for everyone to see. Garden hoses should be coiled up and all unnecessary junk/clutter should be put away.

Tidying includes cutting the grass and keeping weeds under control. Trees and hedges can be trimmed back to enhance the size of your yard and make it brighter. Decorative rocks can also be used to make the area visually appealing.

“A well-maintained and orderly backyard is not only nice to look at, but it also gives the potential buyer the impression of a well-maintained house,” said a RE/MAX Influencer.

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Pick Up After Pets

Pet owners should pick-up after their pets on a regular basis—even if there is snow on the ground! One Influencer suggested the best way to maintain a snowed-in yard with pets is to shovel an area for the pets to be in so it’s easier to clean up.

“No buyer wants to navigate through doggy-doo landmines to see the yard.”

Be sure to also patch the grass where pets may have damaged it.

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Add a Splash of Colour

Planters filled with flowers, hanging baskets and flowers in the garden can add a great touch of colour to your already beautiful backyard. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can always hire someone to help you out.

Some owners may want to consider repainting or re-staining the deck if it’s needed. A fresh coat of paint can help make the area stand out in a positive way.

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Stage It!

When selling in the summer months, it’s fine to have patio furniture and/or barbecue areas set up, but they should be staged to look well-kept and orderly. The outside should be as inviting as the inside of the house.

Several Influencers agreed that presentation of all aspects of a property is crucial to obtaining the best offer.

“Your backyard should be looked at as an extension of your home. To make your yard welcoming, think of setting it up with entertaining in mind. A cozy and inviting backyard space can make your home appear larger and add significant appeal and value to buyers.”