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Outdoor Projects That May Increase Your Home’s Value

Travis Hawryluk

Growing up in Spruce Grove...

Growing up in Spruce Grove...

Apr 22 6 minutes read

Although the square footage of your home does not include your backyard, there’s no reason you can’t expand your living space, turning your outdoor space into an extension of your home. Whether you love to cook outdoors or want a relaxing place to hang out with friends and family, there are plenty of projects that will make your outdoors more enjoyable — and may even increase your home’s value. 

Both landscaping and real estate market experts agree that how your home looks on the outside builds anticipation for the buyer as they step into your home for the first time. 

If you’re thinking, how can I sell my home for the highest price — remember, curb appeal is everything. When a buyer pulls up to your house, they should be drawn in — and then the projects you complete in your back or side yard are the icing on the cake. 

Let’s dive in. 

5 Outdoor Projects to Boost Your Home’s Value

If you’re wondering, how can I get the best return when I sell my home? The answer lies not only in what you do inside but also outside. 

Your outdoor living space should be your sanctuary, no matter how big or small. Whether you have a 1-acre yard or a condo balcony, there are endless project ideas to make that space attractive to buyers. When you upgrade your exterior space, this enhances the look of your property. Plus, many projects add recreational value.  

1. Replace Your Front Door

It’s incredible the difference a new front door can make — or even just a fresh coat of paint. Your front door sets the tone for the rest of the house tour, so ensure it looks polished. 

If applicable to you, replacing your garage door is also a good idea. Particularly for attached garages where the door is one of the most prominent elements of the front of the home. 

2. Lawn Care and Landscaping

When it comes to landscaping projects, your options are nearly limitless, and can add to your property's value? 

  • Trees – The sooner you plant trees, the better. Mature trees are very appealing to prospective buyers and can add value to a home.
  • Well-maintained lawn –  Spending time and money on good lawn care to achieve that golf course green grass definitely adds to the curb appeal, not to mention you will be the envy of the street.
  • Front walkway or entrance – You don’t need an extravagant front walkway, but it’s important to create a picture-perfect walkway and entrance. These will instantly create a welcoming ambiance. 

3. Replace Exterior Siding

Replacing your siding may sound like a steep investment, but it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to increase your home’s value. Even by focusing on the front of your home you will increase the curb appeal and value. 

4. Add a Deck

If you have the space, consider adding an attached or detached deck. This space will become the new hang-out spot for entertaining, grilling, or enjoying the sun. Wooden decks are a significant selling point, and depending on how far you want to take this project, you can also install an outdoor kitchen. This feature could quickly seal the deal when aiming to sell your home. Install the kitchen well before putting your house on the market. That way, you can enjoy it!

5. Add Outdoor Lighting

This is a project that’s attainable regardless of the size of your outdoor space or budget. There’s something magical about exterior lighting. It creates ambiance and may even add a security feature. Porch and lawn lights, especially motion lights, can help deter burglars. When choosing lighting fixtures, remember that most buyers want LED lights. 

Start Chipping Away at Outdoor Projects

If you have already started thinking, should I sell my home soon? — now is the time to start working on outdoor projects. 

Whether you plan to sell in a few months or a few years, create a checklist of some of the outdoor projects you want to invest in, focusing on those that will provide returns. Also, prioritize the projects you want to enjoy while you’re still living in your home.

Have you always wanted an outdoor firepit? Do you want more privacy by planting hedges or shrubs? Focus on today’s real estate market, incorporating selling features buyers look for. 

There are so many options, so go with what makes sense for your space and budget. If you’re unsure where to begin, schedule a call to discuss your plans and I will provide tips on how you can increase your home’s value, starting with your exterior space.

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