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Question About "bad Yard" But House Is Fine

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utahbrad

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Hello all-

I'm curious how you kind folks handle a situation where the yard shows terribly b/c of, among other things, an above ground pool, various sections of patched together decking, an obnoxious water feature with water fall and koi pond, several storage units, little statues and such throughout poorly landscaped areas, etc.. But the house itself (2 bed/ 1 ba 720 sq ft) is in decent shape. Any input is appreciated.
 

miktay

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It may possibly require an adjustment in the market grid of the report for the cost to remove all of the treasures. Depends on the homes from within the same market.
 
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Terrel L. Shields

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, various sections of patched together decking, an obnoxious water feature with water fall and koi pond, several storage units, little statues and such throughout poorly landscaped areas, etc
Seems no more than the cost of removing junk but "curb appeal" is real and buyers avoid same. So an adjustment is generally regarded as prudent but the scale of that adjustment can vary from C2C (2 landscapers and a trailer) to some market derived adjustment based on similar eyeball defects.
 

Flakey

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Sounds like my yard. One man's junk pile is anothers diorama. Seriously, if there are no obvious safety or health hazards, I would avoid a market adjustment unless you can support it with more than your opinion.
 

J Grant

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what would it cost the new owner to fix the yard/lawn/landscaping? something along those lines, maybe use a comp with an ugly yard see if it sold less, ask RE agents how much it hurts value etc.

Depends on the area..some areas ugly/neglected yards are typical and buyers don't care, other areas of better maintenance buyers expect nice yards and either won't buy the house or pay less for it.
 

Flakey

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residentialguy

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the yard shows terribly b/c of, among other things, an above ground pool, various sections of patched together decking, an obnoxious water feature with water fall and koi pond, several storage units, little statues and such throughout poorly landscaped areas, etc..
Is your name Fred Sandford by any chance?
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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What I find more objectionable is knee deep dog poop!
 
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