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“In general, outdoor projects are some of the best investments homeowners can make,” says Rupa Mehta, outdoor care expert at internet service company Angi. “Almost any exterior addition can add resale value to your home as long as it’s designed well for the space.”

For example, Mehta says homeowners with green lawns can expect a 25% return on investment compared to brown or untended lawns. Decks and patios can provide homeowners with a return on investment of over 80% and patios can add over $5,000 in value to a home.

Having a well-maintained back patio can also help you sell your home faster. Even minor upgrades to your deck can make a big difference.

  1. Get a hearth.
  2. Consider an outdoor kitchen.
  3. Illuminate the space with outdoor lighting.
  4. Create an outdoor living space.
  5. Add some greenery.

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Fire pits can be enjoyed in any season and have grown in popularity in recent years. Not only do they keep mosquitoes away and provide a warm and cozy feeling, but they create a focal point for your back patio space. According to Mehta, the stoves have a high return on investment – up to 80%.

Before adding a fire pit to your back patio, be aware of the potential risks involved and your local codes and regulations. The National Association of Landscape Professionals advises that a fire pit should be at least 10 feet from the house or other combustible structures or surfaces. Depending on where you live, certain types of fuel, such as traditional logs, may not be permitted. The fireplace must also be built on a non-combustible surface and you may need a permit if your fireplace requires electrical, gas or plumbing work.

The cost of an outdoor fireplace depends on the material and whether it is permanent or portable. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to build a fireplace is $850, but most people spend between $200 and $3,000. However, you could spend up to $5,000 if you need gas or electrical work.

Plan of a complete and modern outdoor kitchen.

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Consider an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens can add a touch of luxury to your back patio with a 55% return on investment, says Mehta. However, they often come with a higher price tag. Homeowners should expect to pay between $5,577 and $22,683, with the average homeowner paying $14,050, according to HomeAdvisor. In some cases, an outdoor kitchen with luxurious additions and materials can cost up to $100,000, according to the Home Improvement Network and Information Resource.

This is a wide range of prices, but the total cost depends on the features and equipment you decide to add. A simple outdoor kitchen can include a built-in grill and counter, or you can opt for the complete package including all the bells and whistles such as an oven, sink, cabinets and storage, an island with seating, Appliances and more.

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Brighten up the space with outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting adds curb appeal to your home, but it can also illuminate the area and increase security, deter crime, and improve outdoor living spaces.

Your back patio will need enough lighting to keep everyone moving around safely, but not enough to spoil the mood. Consider overhead lights over a covered patio as well as outdoor table lamps and path or step lights for added security. You can also add string lights along the railings or even lanterns for softer lighting.

One of the major cost drivers is the type of fixtures you choose. The national average cost to install outdoor lighting is around $4,000 with a typical range between $2,000 and $6,000 to complete the project, according to HomeAdvisor.

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Create an outdoor living space

If you have a patio, it is important to make it a livable space. Think about how the backyard will be used and imagine where you see yourself eating or lounging. Make a list of your patio furniture needs and opt for comfortable seating and easy-care furniture and covers to minimize upkeep. Add outdoor rugs for a bit of color and comfort and match the colors to your decor.

An inviting outdoor living space can make a big difference to buyers and possibly increase the value of your home. You can also add a patio cover or retractable awning to protect you and your guests from the elements.

The cost of patio furniture ranges from a small table and chairs for several hundred dollars to a large dining table, outdoor sofa, hammocks and more for several thousand dollars. A permanent patio cover can cost between $3,000 and $10,000, while a retractable awning typically costs between $2,000 and $3,500, according to Angi.

A green and cozy patio

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Add some greenery

Plants and flowers can have a big impact on the living space in your garden. “Trees are another great added value because, when placed strategically, they can provide shade and privacy while simultaneously helping to reduce heating and cooling bills,” says Mehta.

You can add trees, shrubs, vines and other vegetation around your patio to make the space more secluded and add shade. Be sure not to plant trees too close to your house, as the roots can damage your foundation.

According to Bob Vila, the cost of planting a tree varies between $150 and $3,000, depending on the size of the tree, the species, the age of the tree, the number of trees planted and the costs. labor.

Consider hiring a landscaper. “Backyards and outdoor spaces should be functional for you and your lifestyle,” says Mehta. “Hiring a landscaper can help you get a better idea of ​​how you plan to use your outdoor space and can help you make recommendations on everything from layout to materials.”

Look for durable materials. Mehta also advises using environmentally friendly materials and landscaping. “You can find sustainable, low-carbon materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled materials,” says Mehta. “Plus, lawn alternatives like ground covers, gravel, and mulch are low-maintenance and can help lower your water bill.”

Do not add aquatic elements without research. Mehta says in-ground pools, hot tubs and other water features can be a great addition, but buyers tend to shy away. Water features can be expensive to maintain and repair, as well as a possible hazard for families with pets or young children. “If you live somewhere that’s warm all year round, they might increase the resale value of your home, but otherwise it won’t. You can always add those aquatic elements as long as you are aware that it might be more difficult to sell your home down the line,” says Mehta.

Your owners association could possibly affect what you do to your back patio. However, Mehta says it depends on your HOA’s policies and what was included in the agreement you signed when you bought your home. Contact your HOA before making any changes to your back patio if you are unsure.


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