Right on ‘Cue: Home-Buying Tips for BBQ Enthusiasts

Serena Anderson, Broker
Published on April 28, 2020

Right on ‘Cue: Home-Buying Tips for BBQ Enthusiasts

Thinking about buying a new house? If you’re a grilling enthusiast, there’s more to consider than the number of bedrooms that you’ll need. You should also make sure that your new home will allow you to enjoy your favorite hobby in comfort.

Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for as you begin your search.

The Great Outdoors

First and foremost, take a good look at the configuration of the property. Is there a spot that’s big enough and level enough to accommodate your grill setup? Unless the grill includes a great deal of storage space, you’ll also want to make sure the BBQ area is in close proximity to the kitchen.

If you’re planning on setting up the grill on a deck or patio, take measurements to ensure that your unit will be able to fit within the parameters. Large items like grills tend to take up more space than we think. Also, remember that if you have a charcoal grill, you should take additional precautions when using the unit on a wooden deck. At the very least, you’ll need to invest in a grill mat, and keep the grill a safe distance from any exterior walls.

Finally, remember that it can be dangerous to grill in foul weather, particularly if there’s excessive wind. To that end, you should try to set up the grill in a reasonably sheltered area. Just make sure there’s no roof or awning on the deck or patio when using a pellet or charcoal grill, and stay clear of any low-hanging branches.

Counter Space

With BBQ, it’s easy to forget that the act of cooking the meat is only one step in a long process. Depending on the cuts that you use, you may have to spend a great deal of time at the cutting board, trimming and preparing the meat for the grill. You might also need to let it sit for a while at room temperature and allow the seasonings to set in. And then there’s the resting period—no BBQ would be complete without that.

With all this in mind, you should look for a kitchen that includes plenty of counter space. This is a useful tip for any home chef, but when it comes to BBQ, it’s particularly important. If there’s a center island with its own hand-washing setup, even better—you won’t have to disturb anyone else who’s trying to work in the kitchen at the same time.


It goes without saying that you’ll need space for the grill unit itself, but don’t forget about the fuel source. While this isn’t a major concern for gas grills, charcoal and pellet-fueled models require you to keep an ample supply of dry fuel on hand. Is there a garage or barn where you can keep your surplus bags of pellets and charcoal? Even a basic garden shed might work, as long as there’s no danger of rodent damage. You can alleviate this issue by investing in heavy-duty metal canisters (such as garbage bins) for fuel storage.

Room For a Freezer

Most sellers will include the home’s appliances in the purchase price. This typically includes a standard refrigerator and freezer setup. If you enjoy traditional BBQ, however, this might not be sufficient.

Because we like to keep plenty of meat on hand, we’ve found that a stand-alone freezer is a vital asset. It allows us to purchase large cuts of quality beef and pork and store them for future use, without worrying about spoilage. We’re not saying that the house has to include an extra freezer, but you might want to make sure the basement is large enough to accommodate one. The garage is another option, as long as there are electrical hookups available.

Possibilities For Expansion

Let’s say the backyard is plenty large enough for your grill setup. There’s a generously appointed patio area with sliding glass doors that lead directly back into the kitchen, which has plenty of counter space for trimming and resting the meat. It’s everything you’re looking for—but will it be enough to satisfy your long-term goals?

If you truly love cooking outdoors, you might want to consider expanding your grilling space. An outdoor kitchen is an amazing asset, one that can transform the act of grilling into a full-blown social event. It will also add to the resale value of the home. Before you make an offer, take a look at the configuration of the backyard area and ask yourself whether it has the bones to withstand a potential expansion.

Anyone who’s looking to purchase a property should take their own preferences into account while shopping. This is true whether your passion lies in gardening, baking, home entertainment systems, or grilling—like us. As long as your new home ticks off all the boxes, you can expect to spend many happy years in it.

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