The year is flying by and your time to tackle home improvement projects is running out. If you’re thinking about selling your home, now’s the time to do it. Also, while the interior of your home may look like a million bucks, folks aren’t going to give your property a second look if it has bad curb appeal. So, if you’re selling your home, a curb appeal project might be in your future.
Today, we bring you six updates for curb appeal projects that make your yard look amazing and add value to your property.
Add Value to Your Home with These 6 Curb Appeal Projects
1. Update your light fixtures.
Adding outdoor lighting (or updating existing fixtures) can change the look of your home But it can also make your yard safer. Stylish fixtures could cost up to $5,000, but when you list your property, you could expect to see a 50% return on investment.
2. Add a deck or patio.
Decks and patios are in demand among buyers because they’re eager to have somewhere where they can relax, and enjoy the lovely weather. These are costly projects, (a 16’ x 20’ deck is $13,000+ and an 18’ x 20’ paver patio is around $7,200. However, you can get a 76% and/or 69% (respectively) return on your investment.
3. Spruce up the facade.
One of the biggest changes to improve your curb appeal is to change the facade of your home. This means you can do something as simple as slapping on a fresh coat of paint. Or, perhaps you install stone veneers, wood paneling, or bricks. Once the exterior facelift is complete, you can get up to a 95% return on your investment!
4. Build an outdoor kitchen.
Curb appeal isn’t just about the front yard because the backyard is just as important! Homeowners and buyers alike are looking for homes perfect for entertaining. Of course, an outdoor kitchen is a great feature. Although you might spend up to $14,000, youmight get a 71% return.
Note: Outdoor kitchens get pretty elaborate, but you don’t have to go all out. You can keep it simple with a built-in grill, stainless steel cabinetry, an ice chest, and a sink. Oh, and don’t forget a decent countertop for food prep!
5. Professional landscaping.
According to tips from top agents, landscaping is a huge selling point that is sure to catch buyer’s attention. There are lots of landscaping projects that improve your curb appeal, but the best projects that’ll get the most bang for your buck are as follows:
- Planting trees – cost up to $2,000 with a 100% ROI
- Installing a sprinkler system – cost up to $3,500 with a 86% ROI
- Have a lawn-care routine – cost up to $375 with a 267% (!!) ROI
6. Refinish the driveways and walkways.
You’ve put so much work into boosting your curb appeal, don’t overlook the driveway and walkway! All of that hard work is for nothing if these items are in poor condition or dirty.
The return on your investment on either of these projects depends on the materials and what you’re doing. However, you might recoup 100% of your investment! Buying a house is a life-changing investment. When you want to sell it, make sure you get as much money as you can. Of course, home improvement projects do just that.
The outdoor home improvement tips in this post add value. But, if you want to know how much, use a home value estimator. If you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links to more fantastic articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.
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