During these unique times of “social distancing” and “shelter-in-place” orders, it can difficult to know what to do with ourselves in our free time. Mental health experts agree that one of the best things we can do for personal wellness is to get exercise and get outdoors. As a home owner, this gives you and your family a much needed excuse and maybe even a little additional time to put towards making the outside of your home as awesome as the inside. While there are always a number of factors that play into whether or not the work and materials you put into your home are going to yield a positive return on investment, most agree that landscaping and outdoor spaces almost always increases the value of your home.
A place for pets
While you are all home bonding, why not create a great space for Fido. Believe it or not, top on many home buyers’ wish lists are great spaces for Fido. Creating a grassy fenced in area for kids and dogs alike to play safely not only gives you peace of mind but will also increase the value of your home. Trending in 2020 are wood fences that can be installed horizontally rather than vertically. Vinyl fencing is always a great low maintenance choice and a great DIY trend that can add a lot of character to your back yard. Lattice may make you think of your Great Aunt Mabel, but there are a lot of new ways to install it (check out these great ideas on pinterest) that can make the fencing material a great choice aesthetically and functionally to give you privacy and security for your pets.
Another great landscaping project is adding a water feature! Fountains add a very tranquil element to any yard. You can design it using modern metals or traditional iron work, or you can give it an organic feel with river rock or slate slabs. There are a number of DIY projects that will help you find the perfect feature that demands just the right amount of skill level for you and your family.
Fire pits are a great way to give any outdoor space a warm homey feel. There are kits available that contain all the materials you need to build your own permanent feature. They are simple one day projects that the whole family can work on together. You and your family will enjoy many nights roasting marshmallows and laughing with friends, and if and when you decide to sell your home, it may just be the feature that creates the just right feel for prospective home buyers.
Outdoor lighting is another great project that will certainly create curb appeal as well as a nice atmosphere for when you and your family spend time outdoors. Fortunately, there are a number of lighting options for every taste. Lights with soft changing colors are finding their way into the landscapes of many people’s homes. Also, smart lights and solar lights are available and very handy when it comes to making your home more secure when you are gone while at the same time saving on the light bill! While adding lighting, just make sure you don’t create blind spots, and of course, try not to go into a Clark Griswold explosion of exterior illumination (there actually can be too much of a good thing).
This year art on the outside is on a number of landscape designers’ plans. Outdoor art completed by professional artists can be costly, but there are number of fun DIY art projects that you and your family can do to not only have together time and be creative, but to add some pizazz to your outdoor space. Maybe your artwork won’t lead to an increase in home value, but it will likely be something that brings you and your family the joy of creating it and viewing it every time you step outdoors.
Adding a deck or a patio to your outdoor space is a must to help increase the value of your home. Many home buyers have outdoor living space at the top of their wish lists. Creating a patio that doesn’t break the bank is easier than ever. There are materials and designs for ever aesthetic and every budget.
“Shelter-at-home” has a silver lining. One is that you have more time for you and your family (at least the amount of time it took you to commute), so take advantage of it and not only build your relationships but build value for your home as well as some great new additions to your outdoor space.