The right outdoor features can increase the value of your home in lots of ways: by boosting curb appeal, attracting buyers when you’re trying to sell, and by making your house a more functional and satisfying place to live. You can make your home more valuable this summer by adding those outdoor features to your property.
Below, we’ve listed some high-impact, high-value changes that can make all the difference when you’re trying to sell your house – or when you’re just trying to enjoy your investment to the greatest extent possible.
Deck or Patio
Homebuyers LOVE new decks, and that’s why installing a new deck is one of the highest ROI home improvement projects. If a deck is not for you, a patio is a durable alternative that can last for decades and create lots of usable space in your backyard.
To get the most value out of your deck or patio installation, use quality materials. Decks made from wood need to be refinished regularly or they can start to deteriorate – that’s why most homeowners use composite decking instead. Composite decking is long-lasting and low-maintenance, which makes it the decking material of choice.
If you’re building a patio, pavers are higher quality than concrete slabs and can be easily repaired if a paver cracks. Talk to your contractor about choosing the right materials for your deck or patio.
Work with a skilled contractor to landscape around your deck or patio to make the space attractive and relaxing. Your landscaping contractor can install privacy plants to provide shade, can position potted plants on your deck or patio to add some green space, or may choose to plant shrubs and trees around the deck and patio to make the space feel natural.
Beautiful trees can add a lot of value to your property – especially as they become tall, mature, and attractive. It’s important to pick the right trees when landscaping your property. Before planting, know some basic information to ensure that the trees you’ve chosen are going to serve the function you would like them to serve.
- Does the tree shed leaves, seeds or flowers at any time throughout the year?
- How tall will the tree get?
- How fast does the tree grow?
- Does the tree have aggressive roots or special watering needs that will require regular care?
If you know your goals for your new tree, talk to a landscape contractor who can help you decide which trees are going to meet those goals. Your landscape contractor can also help you choose the best location to plant a tree, based on your landscaping and the position of your house on your property, and so on.
Beautiful landscaping adds value to your home in ways that you can’t even calculate. Landscaping boosts curb appeal for sure, but also affects the character of your home. This means you’ll want to choose your landscaping wisely.
A good landscaping contractor can help you design landscaping that really pops and draws attention to your house. Some landscaping is cheerful and inviting, and makes your house look welcoming. Some landscaping is high-end, artful, graceful and sophisticated. Still, other landscaping is low-maintenance, simple and beautiful. What kind of landscaping do you want for your home? Talk to your landscape contractor to make a decision.
Outdoor Dining, Kitchen and Living Area
Installation of outdoor dining and living areas is one of the most popular home improvements of the last year. Outdoor dining and living areas give you a place to spend time enjoying the presence of family and friends, entertaining, and a place to relax on a Friday night… without going anywhere except your own backyard.
This is the type of outdoor landscaping feature that you’ll definitely want to install with help from a landscaping/hardscaping contractor. Outdoor dining, kitchen and living areas require electricity, plumbing and gas hookups so you can cook, stay warm and power your electronic devices.
It’s important for those features to be installed by a pro, so make sure that you find the right professional to do the job. Look at their portfolio to see their previous work, and read the contract thoroughly before signing. If possible, get bids from several contractors before choosing the right one for you.
In-Ground Sprinkler System
An in-ground sprinkler system is a helpful feature that can play a big role in the maintenance of your landscaping. In-ground sprinkler systems are more than just convenient: they can help keep your plants and trees healthy, and your grass green throughout the summer.
If you don’t have an in-ground sprinkler system, you’re going to want one soon. Work with a landscaping contractor to install your in-ground sprinkler system strategically, to ensure that all areas of your yard are covered.
Like a good in-ground sprinkler system, outdoor lighting serves a solid utilitarian function. At the same time, it’s also a very attractive feature that can help make your lawn and outdoor spaces far more beautiful when the sun goes down.
Like the in-ground sprinkler, outdoor lighting is best installed by a professional who understands how to make your outdoor lighting useful as well as attractive. There’s a real art to outdoor lighting. It needs to be installed along pathways and in parts of the yard where it’s most useful. It also needs to be installed in ways that complement your landscape. This is why it’s best to work with a pro.
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