Spring brings flowers, good weather and the chance to breathe new life into your space. Because the summer is so close, it makes sense to direct your attention to outdoor projects so that you can make the space more enjoyable and ready for summer visits.
Whether you are hoping to make a major change to your outdoor space or you want to make a big impact for a small dollar amount, projects are available that can meet your goals. Here are the five outdoor home and yard updates to consider tackling this spring.
1. Add Landscaping
The first rule of thumb in selling your home is to boost the curb appeal. If people do not stop and look at your home, you will not likely sell it at all. Additionally, investing in your landscaping can increase the overall value of your home. Add some flower beds to the front of your yard. Use a bold color on the door and use flowers that are in the same hue to help increase the visual impact of the design.
Manicure your lawn by mowing the grass and trimming hedges and bushes. Add plants that are in various heights and colors to add visual interest to the space. While you are outside, be sure to clean off the sidewalks, driveway and patio or deck. Remove any weeds, fallen leaves or any other clutter in the yard. Add some finishing touches to the space with some flagstones or other steps to the space.
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2. Add a New Roof
While you may not be able to see the actual roof on your home, replacing an old roof for a new one can add value to your home. If you plan on selling your home within the next few years, you may be able to pass on the guaranty to the next buyer to give them peace of mind.
Even if you are planning on staying in the home, replacing the roof may be able to help you recoup the investment by having a more energy-efficient material installed or preventing expensive leaks from damaging the interior of your home. Clay tiles or slate may provide you with a more durable option that also adds value to your home.
3. Incorporate Pops of Color
Add a splash of color to your outdoor space to help liven it up. Paint the exterior of your house, or just concentrate on the trim or a back wall to amp up the color. New lawn furniture or vibrant curtains, cushions or pillows can help you add bright pops of color without having to be permanently committed to the change.
Some bright paper lanterns, outdoor chandeliers or other lighting fixtures can help make the space more inviting while also adding pretty colors to the space. Some lawn ornaments or a new fountain can also add color and interest to your outdoor space.
4. Add Outdoor Space
For many homeowners, the amount of indoor living space is often limited. You may be able to expand your indoor space by adding an expansion or renovating a basement, but these changes may be extensive and may require thousands of dollars. However, many homeowners can add on to the usable square footage of their home by expanding to the outdoors.
Lay some flagstone down in a pattern and finish with a bistro set or outdoor furniture set for an instant outdoor room. Another option is to erect a pergola and place a couch or swing underneath. These changes can be completed in a weekend but can provide you with hours of extra time in your outdoor space.
5. Quick Updates
Sometimes the best projects are a compilation of mini projects. For example, focus on your front entryway by changing out the outdoor light for a new sconce, paint the front door, add new hardware to the door and change the outdoor numbers. Using similar metal finishes or colors on your hardware, numbers and lighting can help you create a cohesive design.
Updating your outdoor space can help you increase the value of your home, as well as make the space more attractive while you are living in the home. A little time and resources can help you transform your space.