5 Backyard Improvements to Increase Property Value

5 Backyard Improvements to Increase Property Value
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    According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, properties with good landscaping are valued at more than 11 percent more than homes with poor landscaping.

    If you’re thinking of selling your home and have been completing home improvement projects on the interior of your home, such as the bathroom and kitchen, you may want to give the exterior of the home, particularly the yard, another glance.


The backyard has come a long way and is now considered an extension of the property. Home buyers are looking for properties that are not only good looking on the inside, but the outside as well. Therefore investing in things like landscaping, lighting, and decks could be worthwhile.

Below is a list of backyard improvement ideas that could just get you the price you want on your home.

1.  Less Lawn

Less is more these days. Low maintenance lawns are a homeowner’s dream as it saves them on time and upkeep of the property. Instead of a lawn complete with grass from the front to the back of the house, you could opt for stones, foot-friendly ground covers, and even a patio to take up some of the space. If you’re going to add plant life, be sure that it is easy to maintain.

2.  Outdoor Rooms

Families love the idea of being able to entertain in their yard. Outdoor rooms make this possible. Whether you hire a deck contractor to install an above grade deck, patio, or sunroom, it can have a great impact on interested homebuyers and could easily raise the price on the resale value. The outdoor room can be enclosed, multi-level, or even wrap around the house for aesthetic appeal. You’ll likely want to incorporate a few pieces of patio furniture when showing the house so that the buyers can get the full effect.

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3.  Water Features or Activities

Water in the yard is a hot commodity these days and it goes well beyond the traditional swimming pool. Depending on what your budget is you can swing for something like a water fountain, which could run about $500-$1500, a small pond for about $200-$2000, or even a hot tub which can cost anywhere from $1000 or more.

4.  Outdoor Kitchens

If you’ve got a nicely renovated deck, patio area, or gazebo then you might as well add in a small outdoor kitchen. This can include a mini fridge, grills, and sinks so that you can entertain guests outside. Of course you can pull out all the bells and whistles by adding connections for television hookups and more to really give it a wow factor. This would cost you about $15,000 – $100,000 to complete but can yield a return of as much as 70-80%.

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5.  Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting serves several purposes. It can illuminate various features in your yard to add to aesthetic appeal. However, it can also help light the path to prevent others from tripping and keep burglars at bay. Depending on what your budget is for landscape lighting you can purchase easy to install solar lighting that will light up when the sun goes down, or you can consider professional grade lighting that can illuminate in various colors, patterns, and times of day for aesthetic appeal and security.

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When trying to sell your home you have to put yourself in the home buyer’s shoes. Not only are they looking for a home that is functional and attractive on the inside, but they’re also interested in finding a property that they can fully utilize the outside. If you’re looking to add value to your property, be sure to consult with professional contractors to ensure you’re making the right investments and that the projects are carried out properly to ensure there are no hiccups during the purchasing process once you’ve found a buyer.

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