Yard improvement doesn't have to be complicated for you to get the benefit of up to $4 in increased value for every dollar you spend, according to the Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors. Here are a few ideas to help increase the value of your home.
If you are comfortable with DIY projects, make and install flower boxes. Prefab boxes will be just as successful when filled with colorful plants. The curb appeal of your home will immediately liven up.
Trim out your mulched flower beds with rock borders to help contain the mulch. Adding rock and mulch around your foundation will help divert water away from your home's perimeter. This DIY project can be taken further by creating rock stream beds. Trench the ground and fill the spaces with rock to take water where it won't be destructive. Done properly, the result will also enhance the overall look of your landscaping.
To visually tie together the different areas of your yard, install pavers or stepping stones to get from one area to another. Lighting these pathways will bring you the best return on dollars spent and give your home personality at night.
Be sure to care for all of your plants because they add more value to your home as they mature. The return on your investment in a yard full of healthy flowers, plants and trees will never be in question. You also get to enjoy the color, fresh air and shade that vegetation brings.
If creative DIY landscaping projects are not your thing, then be sure you at least fill your outdoor space with a well-maintained lawn. Bags of fertilizer can be purchased for between $30-60, depending on the size needed.
Contact me for other simple yard improvement ideas that will increase the value of your home.