6 Outdoor Renovation Tips To Add Value To Your Property

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Did you know that a well looked-after garden can add significant value to your property? In fact, experts believe that good landscaping alone could increase your home’s value by a remarkable 28%, while most real estate agents think a neglected garden can lower a property’s value by between five and 15%.

So, just imagine how much value you could add with some more intensive outdoor renovations.

1. Add decking

It’s important that you have a dedicated outdoor space for friends and family to sit, eat, and chat. You don’t want chair legs sinking into your well-kept grass, and people won’t appreciate having to balance on uneven paving stones. So, adding a deck is the perfect way to ensure you all have somewhere comfortable to gather on a warm summer’s evening.

This, however, could end up being a pretty big job, particularly if you’re after a ground level deck. Ground level decking is growing in popularity at the moment, as it creates a smooth transition between your deck and the surrounding garden. But, if you want one, you will likely have to excavate the area before you can start to think about building. 

2. Build a better barbecue

 It’s no secret that we Aussies love a barbecue. Having a good one built into your back garden will make your property that much more eye-catching to potential investors. With an attractive red or brown brick barbecue and a good quality grill, you can add meaningful value to your property. They’re also relatively easy to build and save you having to find somewhere to store a bulky metal barbecue.

3. Create an outdoor kitchen 

Why not go one step further? If you really love cooking outdoors, then you could install a whole outdoor kitchen. While a bigger and significantly more expensive job, installing an outdoor kitchen will make your property stand out amongst its competitors. Not to mention the fact that a functional and well-designed backyard kitchen can generate a 100-200% return on investment.

So, build around or near your barbecue, and include cupboards, food preparation space, a sink, and maybe some other features like a fridge or a minibar. Your design can be as basic or extravagant as you like.  

4. Install a fire pit 

Outdoor fire pits will make your garden much more comfortable to sit in on cooler days and later evenings. And, there are so many different types for you to choose from, so you can be sure to find one that suits your style. 

Centre your gas-powered or wood-burning fire pit in your seating area, or install a sleek chiminea off to the side. Not only will this keep you and all your guests warm, but it adds something to the ambience of the outside space that you just can’t achieve with electric lighting.

5. Introduce a water feature

There’s something so calming about the sight and sound of running water. So, why not bring that comforting quality into your garden with a good-looking water feature? Whether that be a grand fountain, a more modern design, or something minimalistic, a water feature can act as an aesthetically pleasing point of interest in either your front or back yard.  

Just bear in mind that they alone won’t add a great deal of monetary value to your property. But, they are sure to make it look that bit more appealing, both to discerning viewers and passers-by alike. As such, water features go a long way in improving the curb appeal of your property.  

6. Put up a pergola 

With a shaded structure like a pergola, you can create a more defined social space in your back garden. Opt for a wood that complements your decking colour for an effective finish to your functional outdoor space. And, invest in good quality garden furniture and introduce attractive, layered lighting to make it feel homey. 

This won’t just make your outdoor seating area look better. It will also mean you can make better use of it. Offering shade from the hot summer sun and cooler winter breezes, with a pergola, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors at any time of the day or night.

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