When you are looking for the right house for yourself and your family, it is important for you to choose a house that meets all of the family needs, but the land the house sits on can be equally as important. When you find a house you like you want to then turn your attention to the yard and consider the following:
Consider the size of the yard
You want a yard that gives you all of the space you want for your kids, pets, possible livestock, the addition of a pool you may want installed at some point, the right sized garden area you plan on putting in and any other landscaping you would love to add to the property. However, you also want to be sure the yard isn't too large where you end up spending more time and/or money maintaining it than you want to.
Consider the soil
If you are an avid gardener, then you're going to want to make sure that the soil is at least decent enough for you to prepare it for your garden without needing to put too much work into it. Also, if you want grass and the entire yard is landscaped with cement, then this may present a problem.
Consider the location
If you want some privacy when you are out in your yard, then you may not like the idea of it being back to back to your nearest neighbors where they are going to hear everything said when you are both outside. While you can put up a wooden fence so they can't see in the yard, the sound will still travel.
Consider the other features
If you really like the idea of fishing on your own property then you should try to find a home you love that has its own fish inhabited body of water. If you want plenty of shade, then you will obviously want to see plenty of mature trees. If you would like to go out in the yard and pick your own fresh fruit, then a property with mature fruit trees will be a plus. If you have children that are going to want to spend a lot of time outside playing then you may not want to get a house with a yard that's made up of too much forestry. In that same respect, if you have small children then you may want to shy away from a property that has a body of water close to the house that you will have to worry about.
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