July 1st, 2017 9:49 AM by Jackie A. Graves
The yard of your dreams just might be more
achievable than you thought.
You’ve been spending so much time on projects inside your home
(like that new shower you have to drag yourself out of), that your front yard
is starting to scream for a bit of attention.
Poor neglected, thing.
You know your yard has some super curb appeal potential,
but where to begin?
Check out the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features (full
disclosure: NAR is HouseLogic’s sponsor). It’s got some interesting data on
how landscaping affects home value, especially those with tons of curb
appeal. They beat out all indoor projects when it comes to adding value to
Below are four projects with so much curb-appeal juice, any
money you invest in them is likely to pay you back much more.
#1 Add or Replace a Few Design Basics
Every few years, you overhaul your closet, replacing your
worn-out basics with a few new pieces to ramp up your wardrobe. Why not do the
same with your yard? Give it a basic makeover so it has some good, classic,
value-boosting “bones” to build upon.
Image: Night and Day Landscape
Landscape design basics like:
A winding flagstone walkway
A couple of stone planters (6 feet by 2 feet)
A few flowering shrubs
A deciduous tree about 15 feet tall
Why you can’t go wrong: The median cost for this
makeover is $4,750. But the recoup (how much more your house would sell for
after doing this project) is $5,000! Pretty sweet, right?
Experts call it “softscaping.”
But basically, it’s adding plants in a designed, intentional way that makes
your yard interesting to look at year-round.
It’s a great project if your
yard is already in pretty good shape with some basic design elements mentioned
A typical softscaping project
Why you can’t go wrong: You’ll
invest about $7,000, but you could recoup every cent in home value, according
to the Report. Plus, here’s what the report doesn’t include: You’ll get super
Who doesn’t love lower utility
three trees in the right location can save up to $250 a year in heating and
cooling costs, says the source for
energy-saving stats: the U.S. Department of Energy.
Image: Robin Zebrowski
you’re spending sunny days admiring the great outdoors from indoors,
it’s time for a change to get you outside… like finally building that deck or patio you’ve been dreaming of.
Image: Jill Bennett
you can’t go wrong: A patio costs about $6,400 and
recoups 102%. A wood deck will cost $9,450 with a slightly higher recoup of
106%. Plus, how can you put a price on all those evening cookouts and Sunday
brunches al fresco?
Yep, you read that right.
Especially if you know you’re going to sell in the next year or so.
It’s the easiest project to do
— and it has a whopping ROI of 303%!
Image: Liz Foreman for
maintenance is simple:
Why you can’t go wrong: It’s
the cheapest project to do with an annual cost of only $330. Every year, you’ll
reap the benefits of a lush, barefoot-friendly lawn.
(But note that unlike the other
landscaping features listed in this article — deck, patio, hardscaping, trees,
etc. — you’ll only get that fabulous 303% ROI on your maintenance costs for the
year right before you sell. That’s because lawn maintenance has to be repeated
annually, unlike the other projects).
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