Selling a home isn’t an easy process, but there are many home improvement projects you can take on to improve your home value and attract more potential buyers. By simply focusing on your exterior décor and design, you can transform the look of your home and make the home-selling process a little easier. Here are 5 ideas you can use to upgrade your home exterior and improve your home value.
5 Creative Outdoor Space Designs that will Improve Your Home Value
1. Landscape and Garden
An attractive garden and landscaping was ranked the most popular feature desired by homeowners in the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey of Landscape Architects.
If your yard doesn’t offer much more than grass to mow, consider adding some landscaping details to make it more inviting. You can do this by adding a flowerbed around the sides of your home or even around your trees. Add edging and curbing to define the garden beds, grass area, etc.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a designated garden area; create planter gardens that can be grown almost anywhere with enough sunshine. Line your driveway with attractive planters featuring flowers or other plants, or create a beautiful planter garden on your porch.
2. Build a deck or patio
Upgrading with a deck or patio alone would considerably increase the value of your home. In fact, 98 percent of homeowners surveyed in the landscape survey indicated they desire a home with a patio, deck, or terrace of some sort.
There are many options when it comes to adding a deck or patio, from less expensive, economical options to high-end, luxury patios. You can even build a floating deck in the middle or back of your yard, like this one featured on the Home Depot blog.
3. Outdoor fire pit/fireplace
Adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit is another creative way to add value to your home. The best thing about a fire pit is that it can be added with any sized budget. From free-standing, store-bought fire pits to built-in 8’ tall fireplaces, everyone likes spending a cool summer evening with friends around the fire.
4. Build a fence
Enclosing your yard and patio area will look better as the space is better defined. It will also function as a security measure, drastically improving the value of your home. You can purchase pre-constructed panels and assemble them in a day, or hire a company to create a custom fence. You have a lot of options for your fencing, from privacy fencing to block out any views, to open chain-link or lattice fencing.
5. Add a privacy wall
Another attractive feature that is lesser-known is a privacy wall. If your outdoor space is visible to your neighbors or the road, but fencing is not an option or not sufficient for privacy, consider building an attractive privacy wall. It’s easy to build one that is coherent with the design of your outdoor space, but will also add functionality to your yard. Even if you have a fence, making this taller than the fence and at the edge of your deck or patio adds a nice architectural component as well as privacy for your outdoor recreation.
Improving the value of your home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. As long as you have a vision and some basic DIY skills, your home can be upgraded in no time!
Hayden Beck is a freelance writer who contributes content to multiple online publications. He is passionate about interior and exterior design. He has recently worked with RST Brands to help individuals learn about recent trends in patio, garden, and pool deck design. When Hayden is not writing, he enjoys traveling and doing things outdoors.