When it comes to home renovations and projects, a lot of homeowners will focus on the interior of their home, renovating their kitchen or bathrooms. However, it’s important to note that the exterior of one’s home should never be forgotten.
Curb appeal has always been essential, especially when it comes to your home value and getting top dollar when selling. And, with the past few years leading homeowners to stay home more and make use of their backyard, this space has become incredibly important as well.
So, if you’re looking to upgrade the exterior of your home, increasing its value, but don’t know where to start, we can help. Here are 4 outdoor renovation projects or upgrades that will easily increase the value of your home.
1. Upgrade Your Doors and Windows
This may be a costly project, but it sure is easy and will definitely help to increase the value of your home. Over time, front doors, garage doors, patio doors, and of course windows become dated as well as inefficient, letting cool air in or out, and ineffectively heating your home.
Upgrading your windows and doors not only increases your curb appeal but also lowers energy bills, reduces fading to your carpets, rugs, and furniture, as well as increases noise reduction. Those who are looking to purchase your home will also be happy to know that the windows and doors were recently redone, so that they will not have to worry about doing so again, for a number of years.
2. Add a Gazebo
As we mentioned previously, homeowners and buyers now understand the importance of a great backyard space, especially after the past few years. If you’re looking to enjoy more time out in the backyard, a gazebo is a great investment.
Not only are they low maintenance and easy to look after, but they are also perfect for summer entertaining and are beautiful. While there are many options to choose from, we recommend spending the money and investing in something a little sturdier, that can stay up year-round. This will minimize the hassle of having to take it down and set it up more than once.
3. Build a Shed
Sheds are a perfect feature in the backyard because it allows the homeowner to store their pool toys, bbq accessories, or gardening tools in an organized space that’s out of the way, keeping their backyard tidy. What we love most about a new shed project is that this can be done at a variety of different price points, and be built in a way to assist your needs.
Plus, a huge selling feature is the additional storage! So while the garage will always come in handy, having a space that can store additional items out, near the backyard is definitely a benefit and adds value to your home.
4. Add New and Ambient Lighting
Nothing sets the stage like ambient lighting! There are a lot of benefits to having adequate lighting in the back and the front of your home. For the front of your home, it makes your place look great, allows friends, family, and emergency vehicles to find your place easily at night, and adds a level of safety to your home as well.
For the backyard, lighting also helps to create a warm and cozy feel as well as can be beneficial if you enjoy hosting or spending a lot of time outdoors in the evening. The best part about this project is that you can find lighting at a price point that works for you! While you don’t need top-of-the-line lights, we do recommend investing in something a little more sturdy and durable, that can last a long time.
Of course, there are a number of other outdoor projects that can help increase your return on investment, such as gardening, installing a pool or hot tub, building a deck, or replacing the exterior siding. However, these 4 projects are simple, effective, and can be adjusted according to your price point and budget. And the end result is definitely worth it!
If you are getting ready to sell your home and want to achieve top dollar, be sure to check out and download our free Home Seller’s Guide today, or contact us so we can talk about your home strategy!