Beautiful new house, back-yard is dirt. - Posted by Stacy (AZ)
Posted by Stacy (AZ) on January 19, 2001 at 13:02:06:
I’ve made an offer (subject-to) on a two year old house. Everything is in great shape, except the back-yard is just dirt. The owner never landscaped it.
I want to sell on Contract for Deed. But, I may consider Lease/Option. What would you do with the back-yard if this was your deal? It’s not quite spring-time here in Phoenix, so planting grass is not an option.
A. Leave it as-is? After all, if I sell on CFD, it’s just like the buyers are buying the house from the builder, who also sells them with no back-yard landscaping. The downside would be that the buyers could put in landscaping that sucks, and then if I get the house back, I have to deal with it.
A-1. Leave it as-is, with a $1000 landscaping allowance on sale? Same downside as above.
B. Put in some crushed granite, trees and bushes? Probably run me about $1000 at the most. But it may get the place sold faster. However, if the buyers have kids, they may prefer grass.
Any other options?