Even if you’re not ready to sell a home any time soon, adding some upgrades to your outdoor space now is a great investment of money and time, especially when it’s an upgrade you can enjoy with the family in the meantime.
Even in a seller’s market, curb appeal is critical for drawing the attention and keeping it of potential buyers. Often, when people visit a house, they assess its appeal within minutes. If they’re looking online? Even more important. Those pictures of unique features will get them to call a real estate agent and set up a showing.
How Much Are These Improvements Worth?
The University of Michigan did a study on home value. They discovered that properties with landscaping increased resale value by 11.3% over homes with poorly landscaped homes. Adding features like a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, swimming pool, outbuildings like gazebos and sheds, and similar larger additions often see a return of investment of between 80% and 200%.
Smaller upgrades and improvements like rose gardens and game zones won’t recoup as much as the big-ticket items. However, they usually increase resale value by a reasonable percentage of what you invest. They can also easily be that one thing that sets apart your home from another.
Here are some top upgrades you can make, from some simple DIY to extensive landscaping projects. You’re bound to find something doable today on your budget.
A Dedicated Rose Garden
You may already have a lovely flower garden planted out back, but having a dedicated rose garden space could be a unique and beautiful way to really up that flower game, even in smaller square foot areas. There are many different ideas out there for making the garden unique and perfect for your taste.
A Zen Garden
For some added peace and realignment for your day, a Zen garden is the way to make life better while also upping the value of your home. Check out these amazing small Zen garden ideas you could do at your home.
A Backyard Gym
You don’t have to have a gym membership to perform a great workout. Instead, consider adding a backyard gym to your outdoor living space. You can add climbing walls, battle ropes, bodyweight station, chin-up bars, and so much more for that full-body workout.
There’s nothing quite like a gazebo to add some beauty and shelter to the backyard. You can find many different types of gazebos out there, too, from DIY to pre-built gazebos that can make that space out back pop. Ideally build it near – but not under – mature trees for additional shelter and aesthetic appeal.
If your gardening space is on the smaller side, you could add some value with vertical gardening. You can upcycle materials, build your system, or find some premade options for a gorgeous and useful setup that easily adds some unique backyard improvements.
Family Game Zone
Outdoor play is important, so why not consider a game zone for the kids? Set up a croquet set, cornhole game, or a collection of outdoor games the whole family can enjoy in a dedicated gameplay space.
Playset or Swing Sets
If you’ve got kids bouncing around the house, you might want to add a playground or swing set to that backyard landscape. It will help the kids burn lots of energy off while you chill and add some value to the home for a better sale price when that time comes.
A water fountain is a reasonably simple perfect touch for upgrading the looks of the yard. They add a gorgeous touch of elegance and comfort as well, with that sparkling, running water known to help ease stress and reduce anxiety.
In-Ground or Above Ground Pool
What house wouldn’t be improved by a pool? If you’re not sure about having an in-ground pool, you can add an above-ground pool instead. They add a huge value to the house for sure, and they’re incredibly enjoyable for the whole family. Don’t forget the outdoor lighting so the pool can be enjoyed in both the daytime and evening hours.
Another water feature you should consider is adding a pond waterfall to your existing pond, or adding a new pond. There are tons of different ideas for what kind of waterfall to add, too, whether you want something natural looking like a deep forest pool or something more like a chic modern aquascape.
Backyard ponds come in all sizes and shapes, natural-looking or modern and precise in shape. You can surround them with gorgeous pond plants, fill them with intriguing fish, or leave them pristine and clear for less upkeep.
If you’re into keeping critters and collecting your eggs, then adding a chicken coop might be the upgrade you’re looking for in your backyard. You can go traditional with simple A-frame coops and tractors or build one that looks like a giant dollhouse. Whatever best fits your personality!
Other Water Features
There are also a ton of other water features out there that you could add. Think miniature creek, bird spas, vernal ponds, bridges over figure eight gardens, and so much more.
Unique and Attractive Garden Fences
Sometimes, an attractively unique garden fence is all you need to change things up and add some value to that backyard. Of course, choosing the right one can be a challenge, so perusing a list o garden fence ideas might help you out there.
Gorgeous Dog Kennels
Pet lovers will find dog kennels gorgeous and effective addition that will improve their backyard space. There are tons of tutorials on how to build one, as well as great options for the less handy to buy. You will be able to find one that suits your dog’s needs and your aesthetic desires.
Another type of garden that can improve your backyard is a butterfly garden. The stunning, fragrant flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other lovely creatures. It is what can change your garden significantly.
You can have a grill, and then you can have a BBQ zone. To up the value of your home, while also giving yourself an amazing place to entertain, a full-on BBQ zone would do it. A built-in pit, a gorgeous dining set – whatever you want. They’ll make that yard an oasis in good weather.
If you want to up that outdoor cooking game, build yourself a full-on outdoor kitchen. There are tons of kits, ready-made grills, countertops, outdoor refrigerators, and so much more that you can use to create the cooking area and beautiful designs and ideas for creating exactly your dream outdoor kitchen space.
Outdoor Pizza Oven
If you’re not ready for a full-on kitchen, you could opt for an outdoor pizza oven. Build your own or purchase a ready-made kit for a reasonably easy install and an instant upgrade to that yard.
Another option for your backyard is adding a firepit for any season. Consider the differences between natural gas, propane, or woodfire pits and install in time for Autumn. Your yard will be the envy of the neighborhood.
All-Weather Entertainment Area
If you’ve got a bit more space and budget, add a beautiful all-weather outdoor entertaining space. Add an outdoor TV watching area, some patio heaters, a bar, or, well, pretty much anything you want, and you’ll have the perfect spot for entertaining all year long.
Hot Tub Enclosure
You could also consider adding a hot tub enclosure to the backyard. Find the right hot tub for your needs and build up that beautiful enclosure so you can enjoy the hot tub year-round.
Whatever Your Space, There are Amazing Ideas Out There
Whether you’ve got a small or a big yard, any of these ideas will automatically add at least a little value to your resale value. The larger improvements, like ponds, pools, outdoor entertainment spaces, or outdoor kitchens, of course, will add the most value. But even the smaller things like a butterfly garden or vertical garden can still make all the difference in someone’s interest in your home when the resale time comes.