Your home is a reflection of who you are, and it’s only natural that you want it to look good and be in excellent condition. Home improvements are usually indoor-oriented, as this is where the foot traffic is the heaviest and the changes are most noticeable. Still, it’s important to think of your curb appeal too and to consider having some outdoor improvements done next time you want to change something around the house. Not only will it look good, but it can also add market value to your house.
New coat of paint
Most people trust their first impression of a house, and you’d be amazed how much you can improve the first impression your home gives off simply by painting it (inside and out). A boring old house can look modern if you decide to paint it an interesting shade, combine complementary colors or freshen it up by adding colorful details such as front door or windows (red and grey are especially popular, as are navy, emerald green, and maroon). If you like the color you already have, you could do well just by freshening it up a bit to leave a good impression and protect the house from the elements.
A simple and boring backyard can quickly be transformed into a luxurious one if you add a patio. Not only does it look good, but they aren’t slippery even when wet and they are fireproof which makes them perfect for those who like to barbeque. You can choose to have stamped concrete or pavers, depending on the style you like best, but both are sturdy and durable. You can stamp concrete with cobblestone and brick or even slate, but pavers give you that timeless look (and also cost a bit more than concrete).
Fire pits and fireplaces
Who doesn’t like to eat good barbecue prepared over a fire or to curl up next to it with a cup of hot cocoa and a soft blanket in chilly autumn evenings? Outdoor fire pits and fireplaces can be made for a few hundred dollars (a simple brick fire ring) or you can pick a more luxurious one and invest a few thousand. Still, no matter how much you invest in it, it will raise the value of your home.
An outdoor kitchen will undoubtedly add resale value to your home, but it will also make your life much easier and give you more freedom in meal preparations, especially during spring and summer months. It’s like adding another room to your home, a place for you to prepare food and mix drinks while you’re still able to keep an eye on the kids playing in the back and breathing in the fresh air.
In-ground swimming pools are quite popular today, and they are a very good investment. If your yard is spacious enough, adding a pool is a good idea especially if you live in warm areas and would like a place to cool down other than an air-conditioned room. There are different pools to choose from and different sizes, but it seems like natural pools that don’t use chemicals but rather plants to purify water are the most popular today. Their pond-like appearance and the fact that they’re 100% chemical-free makes them a great choice for families with children.
Build a fence
We all value our privacy, so building a fence is a great step forward. A simple wooden fence will shield you from prying eyes but it’s also additional security. You can also plant a hedge, it’s like having a natural fence you don’t have to paint every year.
Outdoor seating areas are very popular because they are convenient and romantic, and they allow you to get more fresh air and soak in some sun. You don’t have to build a deck, you can use a pergola or custom-made commercial shade sails to cover a patio and place comfortable furniture under it. Hang fairy lights and plant vines around and you have a beautiful place to spend time alone reading a book or quality time with your family and friends.
Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home at this moment (or even in near future), making smart upgrades over time is a good idea and a good investment, because if you ever decide that you do want to sell it, you will be able to earn more money. Looking back, you will be glad you decided to improve your home because your life will become easier, your home will be in better condition, and in the future, you won’t have to worry about getting your money’s worth when you decide to sell.