Landscaping goes beyond just plants and shrubs to hardscaping, which includes water features, decks and patios and other man-made improvements to your outdoor space. Not all hardscaping is worth the investment, but there are some to consider if you’d like to raise your home’s resale value.
Outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting doesn’t only add beauty to your yard, it also creates a sense of safety for homeowners and visitors. A well-lit outdoor area deters thieves and provides a safe walkway for friends and family.
It also creates a nice outdoor atmosphere for relaxing or having gatherings outdoors after dark. Choose the area you’d like to accentuate with lighting whether it’s an outdoor patio, a garden or a walkway — or all three. Lighting projects are typically inexpensive and require little effort.
Look over your yard and decide what type of lighting would look good with the project you have in mind. Maybe string some decorative lighting along the patio, or use a spotlight to accentuate a certain area of the yard and deter intruders.
Outdoor living space. A casual space you make in your backyard can vary based on your tastes and budget. You could create a patio with pavers or set up an entire outdoor room. Patios and decks are ideal for homebuyers in warmer climates, who can get more use out of the area throughout the year. Outdoor kitchen complete with refrigerator, barbecue, sink, and seating, are also increasingly popular.
Buyers who plan to do a lot of al fresco entertaining and dining will love having an outdoor space for brunches, parties, and even intimate dining. A full outdoor kitchen makes a nice change of pace from traditional dining room options.