On our previous article we shared 10 easy indoor home improvement projects that will help increase the value of your home, this week we’re shifting our gaze outside and sharing outdoor home improvement projects to further add value to your property.
According to Outeriors “investing in the right outdoor home improvement projects can turn an average-looking house and property into something special that can make your home really stand out in the neighbourhood.”1 This in turn, can not only increase the value of your home, but it’ll also attract more potential buyers and if you’re not selling, it’ll help improve your comfort level and ensure your home is future proof.
Below are seven outdoor home improvement projects that will help increase the value of your home and give it a fresh, modern look:
- Improve your lawn
One of the first thing perspective buyers will see is your front yard and your lawn, so make sure your lawn is in tip-top shape as patchy and discoloured lawns can ruin a beautifully arranged front yard. Luckily, improving the look and health of your lawn is easy! We suggest following this guide by Jamie Donovan, which looks at how to fix bare patches, thinning areas and dead lawn.
- Add colours
If you want your front yard to pop, why not consider adding some colour? A couple of ways you can add colour to your front yard includes adding flowers, adding a fresh coat of paint in your patio, and revamping your fence.
- Add a low maintenance garden
Of course, if maintaining plants and flowers seems a little challenging, consider adding low maintenance and water-wise succulents and/or Australian natives instead. If you don’t want to spend too much time in the garden, then succulents and Australian natives are for you! They require little water, is a perfect way to provide habitat to local wildlife and require very little maintenance as they don’t need a lot of fertiliser and pesticide. Also, it can help improve your local biodiversity. According to SA Enviroment, “Good biodiversity creates healthy ecosystems that clean the water, purify the air, maintain healthy soil, regulate the climate and provide us with food and resources. Unfortunately, when land is developed, native vegetation is often removed and replaced with exotic species. When this happens, species diversity is greatly reduced. Establishing your own native garden can help combat this and assist in preserving biodiversity.”2 Some natives you can choose from include coast banksia, white correa and woolly grevillea.
- Book roof restoration
If you’re serious about selling your home and want to ensure that you get the most out of auction day, or if you want to ensure that your roof last, then you may want to think about booking a roof restoration. Sure, it may be a big investment, but a roof restoration can add street appeal, make your home look fresher and will provide you with a peace of mind that your roof is free from any potential damages and is in good condition.
- Add outdoor living space
Another way to boost the value of your home is by adding an outdoor living space. We all love spending time outdoors so why not add some comfortable seating, perhaps an alfresco area and even an outdoor kitchen? Outdoor living space is perfect for entertaining guests and can add a luxe touch to your home. “Outdoor living spaces can be designed to accommodate all types of budgets and sizes of backyards. A simple design for a small patio or a larger, more lavish outdoor living space design will improve your comfort level while at home.”1
- Upgrade your garage doors
If you’re garage is front-yard facing, why not consider upgrading the look of your garage doors. If you’re garage doors are still in good condition and functional, then a simple coat of paint would do. However, if you want to completely revamp your garage doors, there are plenty of options to choose from including roller and sectional doors. Plus, smart options that allows you “to monitor and control your garage door while you are at work or even on holidays from your compatible smart phone.”3 Why revamp your garage doors? According to Outeriors, “garage doors offer a wealth of styles and customization options nowadays to effectively complement a house’s exterior, in addition to improving the energy efficiency of homes.”1
- Fix your deck
If you have a wooden deck, make sure you give it some TLC. Start by sweeping the area, cleaning it with water and then slathering some deck oil for a nice, shiny finish. Bunnings has quick guides on how to repair, clean and oil your deck so it’s ready for your next open house session.
If you’re running low on space and need additional room to declutter or to undertake your home improvement project, then call Smartbox. Smartbox is the convenient and affordable self-storage solution perfect for storing your excess belongings or furniture. Our storage box or container comes in four different sizes and comes to you! We’ll deliver your Smartbox to your front door, where you can pack and load your way. Once you’re done, we’ll pick it up and store it in our secure storage facility where it’ll be monitored 24/7. Call Smartbox on 1300 880 800 or attain an instant quote here.