Outdoor Upgrades to Boost Your Home’s Value


Outdoor spaces are untapped potential when it comes to increasing home value. If you have a backyard, garden, or outdoor area that’s untouched, there are upgrades you can do that can help boost your property’s value and make your outdoor living experience better than ever. Find out some of the top outdoor upgrades below.

Add Outdoor Living Space

Living space is important in any home, and it’s even better if you can utilize your outdoor areas. Covered living spaces, like patios or decks, not only increase the amount of usable space on your property, they help add value to your home, and they’re a popular upgrade for homeowners across North America. If you have the space and extra budget, consider adding an outdoor kitchen as well. Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, especially with buyers who like to entertain. Utilizing your property’s outdoor space to add additional living and dining space will not only make your home more livable and marketable, you’ll also boost the value of your home when it comes time to sell.

Upgraded Fence

Security in and around your property is important, and a fence helps secure your yard from outside issues. If your property is lacking a fence, or your current fence is in need of some major TLC, consider a fence upgrade. Fences have a purpose, but they can also add a stylish design element to your yard. The initial investment in a fence can be a lot, especially if you have a big yard, but a good quality fence will last for many years, and if you choose to sell your home in the future, buyers look highly on a property with a good fence.

In-Ground Sprinkler System

Watering your yard or plants can get cumbersome, especially if you have a large property or need to do it more than once a day. While there are plenty of lawn sprinkler options online and at your local hardware store, an in-ground irrigation system not only helps make your life easier, it can also help boost your home’s value. Irrigation technology has evolved over the years to allow for smart systems that determine whether to water or not, which can help you save money over time. While an in-ground sprinkler system can be an investment, you’ll not only save time, you’ll definitely see a return when you sell.

Landscape Refresh

Just like inside your home, your yard and outdoor areas can become outdated and in need of a refresh. Landscape updates not only help improve your home’s value, they also look great. You don’t have to go all out – pulling weeds and other unwanted shrubs; adding trees, plants and mulch; or replacing worn out/dead grass with new seed or sod can help revitalize a sad yard and make it much more appealing to potential buyers. And even if you don’t plan on selling, you’ll be able to enjoy your new yard throughout the year.

Outdoor Lighting

Lighting can make or break a home, and it can also make or break a yard. There is a ton of untapped potential for boosting your home’s value and adding appeal by installing outdoor lighting. Additional lighting not only helps to enhance safety and security, it can help add luxury appeal to your yard that other homes may be lacking. Whether you upgrade your current exterior lighting, install landscape lighting or in-ground light fixtures, or even add solar lights along your home’s pathways, you’ll help boost your home’s value and make your home more appealing to future buyers.

Adding value to your home can seem like a huge task, but it’s not. If you have an outdoor area, utilize it! Many homeowners overlook the potential of their outdoor spaces when simple upgrades can add good value to the property. If you need help, a landscape architect or designer can help your home’s exterior achieve greatness.

Spring is Here—Time for Some Cleaning!


Spring cleaning, in its many forms, has been a practice around the globe for hundreds of years. And there’s no better time than the beginning weeks of Spring to give your home a refresh. Take this time to focus on the areas and spaces often overlooked and/or forgotten and bring new life and energy to your home this March.

Kitchen

Our kitchens see a lot of daily use and household traffic. While you may be regularly wiping down your counters or sweeping your floors, take this time to focus on those areas that have likely been overlooked.

  • Cabinets – Wipe down fronts of cabinets, handles and/or knobs
  • Fridge – Clean the shelves and drawers inside, wipe down the top, and vacuum underneath. If your fridge has a water dispenser, now is a great time to check the filter and replace it if needed.
  • Oven – Clean the inside, wipe down the cook top, and vacuum underneath. Also clean the range hood (if you have one), and kitchen exahust fan.
  • Microwave – Wipe out the inside and wash your turntable by hand or in the dishwasher.
  • Dishwasher – Wipe down the outside, clean out the filter, and run a cycle of white vinegar or other cleaner to clean the inside.
  • Drawers – Wipe out drawers (they can get pretty dirty over time)
  • Coffee Maker – Now is the perfect time to run that cleaning cycle or descale your brewer.
  • Walls – The wall behind your oven, cook top, and prep areas can get dirty and greasy. Use a mild cleaner to wipe them down.

As you clean, it’s a great time to go through your kitchen and declutter. If you have items you haven’t used in months (or even years) and are willing to part with them, donate them!

Living Space

Living spaces, just like kitchens, get a lot of household traffic. You may vacuum on the regular, so use this time to go after those elusive tasks that get forgotten.

  • Blankets and Pillows – Wash all throw blankets, and if you can remove throw pillow covers, wash those as well.
  • Sofa – If you can, vacuum under the cushions. Some sofa cushions have removable covers – if you can remove them, wash them. If you have leather, wipe down the leather. Now is also a great time to vacuum under the sofa, loveseats, chairs, etc.
  • Carpet/Floor – Living spaces are highly used; cleaning the carpet or floor is a great idea and can help bring new life into your rooms.

Bedroom/Bathroom

When it comes to your bedroom, you might put your clothes away regularly, but when was the last time you vacuumed under your bed? Dedicate time this Spring to a deep dive on cleaning your bedroom and bathroom. Don’t forget about your closet – this is also a good time to find those clothes and shoes you haven’t worn in ages and donate them.

  • Bed – Wash your bed linens and freshen up your mattress with baking soda (let it sit on the bare mattress for at least 10 minutes, then vacuum it up).
  • Vacuum under your bed, in your closet, and underneath any furniture (dresser, nightstand, desk, etc.).

For your bathroom: If you have a shower curtain, wash it! Shower curtain liners can be washed – just throw it in your washing machine with some bleach! Don’t forget your bath mat; most can be put in the washing machine as well.

Some other often forgotten items in your bathroom: behind the toilet, the shower head, the bathroom vent fan, inside drawers that hold hair supplies and/or makeup items, and shelving where dust accumulates.

General Areas

Almost every item in your home can collect dust. Grab a duster and go to town on your TV, bookshelves, media stand, fireplace, lamps and light bulbs, picture frames, fake plants, general decor, window ledges, door frames, baseboards, and anything else you can find that has a surface. Also, don’t forget furniture like a dining room table and chairs – dust can get everywhere!

Other items in your home that can easily be forgotten: door knobs, window tracks, ceiling fan blades, garbage cans and recycling bins, and pet bowl areas. During a deep clean, it’s also a good time to check that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and clean or replace your HVAC filter.

Spring is a great time to harness the new energy of the season and bring it into your home. Arm yourself with a caddy of supplies and get ready to clean. Not only will your home look better, but a clean home can also help improve your health.

Happy Spring!