5 Things to Look for in a New Home as an Outdoorsman


When buying a new home, many people care more about the interior than the exterior that surrounds the house. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll probably want to look for qualities and features that can make your lifestyle more enjoyable. Here are five things you should consider when buying a new home.

Soil quality

Assuming you enjoy gardening as part of your enthusiasm for the outdoors, you’ll want to make sure the soil is well suited for plants or vegetables. You should be able to tell the quality of the soil by the quality of the landscaping and maintenance of the property. The lawn should have thick green grass and be weed and crab free. Garden plantings should look healthy and not as if they were planted to sell the house. You can take a small soil sample and have it tested at your local nursery or the University Agricultural Campus Extension Service.

Space for exterior upgrades

If you plan to add a deck, deck, pool or shed, make sure there is enough room for expansion. Ask your real estate agent to check zoning regulations and property line setbacks to make sure you can add one of these features.


You may want to consider fencing off part of the property to keep animals out of the garden or to have room for your pets to play safely. It may be worth speaking with a local decking and fencing service company to get some insight before buying.

Sources of water supply

Look around the perimeter of the house and garage to see if there are adequate garden hoses to water your gardens. You can also inquire about a sprinkler system for the lawn. It is ideal if it is already installed.


Space to store landscaping equipment and outdoor sports equipment is essential for an outdoor enthusiast. The last thing you want is to fight with your car for garage space or stalk dirt in your new home after gardening or playing sports. A sufficiently sized garage and a vestibule would be assets in this case.

When looking for a new home, be sure to ask your real estate agent plenty of questions about the items listed above. You want to be sure you’re getting the most out of the property, not just the house.

About the Author: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys tennis and spending time with her family. This article was written on behalf of a local decking and fencing service company.


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