19th December 2016
Whether you’re selling up and moving in the near future or are just trying to make your home more comfortable for your family, adding value to your house doesn’t have to be difficult. And a great place to start is the backyard. Taking care of some simple elements can increase what your home is worth, as well as making the outdoors a more inviting place to spend time with your family and friends. It really is a win-win situation!
Have you ever thought about how easy it is to hook up your power tools in the backyard? How about getting a fan running out there? Many houses will have at least one or two double power points about the place outdoors, but there are still many that could use the extra access. Figure out how many you want and where you want them, then get a qualified electrician to install them in one easy visit.
Many families are attracted to low-maintenance gardens that look great. Look out for plant programs like Brisbane City Council’s Free Native Plants Program, where residents can redeem a voucher and get 2 free native plants for their property. Add fresh mulch to each garden, and you suddenly have an attractive outdoor space that won’t require hours of weeding and watering each weekend.
Cover up for comfort
Adding a patio or deck cover can make or break your space. By building a high-quality cover, your outdoor area suddenly goes from being a fair-weather friend to being suitable for gatherings no matter what the sky does.
It’s also a great way to beat the heat during the summer (and will hopefully make it easier to get the family out of the air-conditioning and into the breeze).
No nosy neighbours
Of course, you can’t control the neighbours. You can control your yard, though. Adding in some screening hedges or privacy screens can make a big difference to your space – no one wants to feel like they’re being watched while they’re enjoying the outdoors! There are a heap of ways to get a more private backyard – check out our article on the topic here.
Putting a bit of effort into lawn maintenance can pay off – literally. Depending on the state of your grass, it can be as easy as mowing and edging regularly. Alternatively, you may need to go a bit further and fertilise, aerate or top dress your lawn.
The best part about all of these ideas is they don’t just add value to your home, they also add value to your lifestyle while you’re still living there! What’s your favourite?