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The Must-Have Backyard Essentials for Every House

Updated on January 7, 2020

The detached single-family house is America’s favorite type of dwelling, and this fact isn’t a novelty for real estate agents. Although they are more demanding when it comes to maintenance, they do provide more space, not only indoors, but also outdoors. With a little bit of luck, and with the help of a good real estate professional, you can find a house with a decent backyard where you can put all these essential items and still have plenty of room left. So, here’s what you should have in your backyard.

Depending on the area, whether you live in a suburb or in a rural area, real estate developers may be inclined to sacrifice either the front lawn and the driveway or the backyard. A backyard comes with many benefits:

  • Plenty of space for the kids to play.

  • Allows pets to frolic and feel in their element.

  • It provides space for growing vegetables, fruits and flowers.

  • It makes a great venue for parties.

  • May provide passive income by building a rentable room or granny apartment.

But to make the most out of your backyard, you should consider adding the following:

An In-Ground Swimming Pool

Swimming pools come in many shapes and sizes, and they can be both above the ground and in-ground. In some regions, like in Arizona or Texas, it is a worthwhile investment as it will serve as a cooling spot for the whole family. Moreover, it can increase the value of the house, although you won’t get back every dollar you paid. While there are many inflatable pools at affordable prices, an in-ground swimming pool is a substantial purchase that also comes with quite a few maintenance requirements. Besides, if you have toddlers who don’t know how to swim, it is highly recommended that you childproofed the pool’s perimeter. But once the children grow, they’ll have a lot of fun in the pool, for sure!

A Well-Sized Grill

Having a barbecue in your backyard allows you to prepare the best meats and veggies without filling the house with smoke and smell. Besides, you no longer have to fake those grill marks. The results you get at a charcoal grill don’t compare with a meal cooked in a grill pan - they are as far as the east from the west. Having a barbecue in your backyard allows you to cook not only for your family but also for your friends. Can you imagine your next 4th of July party in the backyard with the best steak ever?

Playground Sets and Swings

For families with children, this is a no-brainer. Even though the kids will grow up eventually, having their own playground will keep them busy, safe, and off the screens. Moreover, children will love a sandpit, too. Although installing a playground doesn’t come cheap, it’s far cheaper than an in-ground swimming pool. And later, it can be uninstalled. When it comes to swings, adults like to swing too, so a garden swing should also have its place in the backyard.

A Fire Pit Sitting Area

As the nights get colder, escaping near a fire pit covered in a blanket seems like the best way to spend your evening. Take a book with you or invite some friends over for a cup of tea - the fire pit will keep you all warm while also spreading a fairy-like halo. A fire pit will remind you of the campfires and revive old memories. Also, fire pits are great focal-points for your backyard all year round, even during the summer.


The hammock symbolizes a laid-back lifestyle where stress has no place. It may look quite primitive and you may think that it’s nothing more than a reminder of another era. But once you lay in it, looking at the sky, everything else disappears. Hammocks come in bright and colorful fabrics that give your backyard a youthful vibe. And because they are easy to detach, these hanging cradles don’t keep the space occupied all the time.

A trendy She Shed

Just like swimming pools, a nice She Shed can determine an appraiser to evaluate your house at a higher price. A She Shed provides a cute and charming retreat for the girls and women in your family. She Sheds are quite popular nowadays and replicate the man cave - the sacred space where women are not allowed. It can be turned into a library, a workshop, or a summer kitchen - there’s really no constraint regarding its usage. However, for a more picturesque look, add a few trees, bushes, and flowers around it. Landscaping is also important not only for your backyard, but also for the front yard, which most homebuyers assess at a first glance.

Improving your home’s curb appeal is a must if you intend to sell. But you shouldn’t neglect the backyard either. In fact, most homebuyers can be taken by surprise by all these backyard essentials which they didn’t even expect to find. Of course, you can go further than this and add more things to your backyard, but try to leave space for walking around. Don’t make your backyard look like a garage sale! When it’s too crowded, it becomes stressful, and you lose exactly the main benefit of having a backyard.


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