How to Improve Your Backyard

Whether you want to improve your backyard to make it a more enjoyable place to be, or you’re hoping to increase your home’s value before putting it on the market among the McAllen houses for sale or anywhere else, you’ll have many options for doing so. These ideas are a great way to get started.

Install a Deck

When it comes to backyard improvements, a wood deck brings one of the highest returns on investment (ROI) at 72.1 percent according to the most recent Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report. It’s important to note, however, that ROI goes down significantly if the deck is made of composite instead of wood materials. Of course, you’ll also want to think about its overall attractiveness, practically, and comfort as an outdoor living space. It’s important not to go overboard, such as a large deck on a small house without much yard. Ideally it should be about a fifth the size of your backyard.

Add a Fire Pit

Nothing beats having a fire pit in your own backyard for sharing stories around and roasting hot dogs or marshmallows. And, as it’s an appealing feature to potential homebuyers it can increase the perceived value of your home to help you get more, and higher, offers if you plan to sell.

Landscape Improvements

Landscaping improvements, like planting flowering shrubs and trees for shade, installing a natural flagstone walkway, etc. can help you create a more beautiful space to enjoy and net a healthy ROI too, provided you don’t go overboard. If it’s too complicated, the first thought many will have when they see it is “too much work.”

An Outdoor Kitchen

Adding an outdoor kitchen can be expensive, but if hosting outdoor gatherings and cooking out is a big part of your routine when the weather is warm, or you’d like it to be, it can also be a great investment. Dining alfresco is always more enjoyable when you have a well-designed space and convenient appliances within reach. Just be sure to keep in mind how much space you have and what will mesh best with your backyard and home.

Water Features Beyond the Pool

While swimming pools don’t have a great ROI, costly to install and maintain, there are other water features that can improve your backyard without the high price tag. You could get a hot tub, add a fountain, or even put in a small pond. Flowing water makes for a more serene spot that helps to foster relaxation and calm the mind. A pond or fountain can help attract wildlife like birds and squirrels, bringing hours of joy watching your animal visitors arrive. Water features add visual interest for potential homebuyers too, which could help you get better offers when it comes time to sell.

Outdoor Lighting

There are many benefits to outdoor lighting, from adding a fun style to creating an enchanting ambiance and even deterring would-be burglars. Landscape lighting helps to accentuate garden features, while safety lighting deters any prowlers and improves navigation for you, your family, and any guests, in the dark. Plus, if it’s stylish, such as low-voltage landscape options, it can really boost curb appeal.