As the leaves start to turn and the temperatures cool down, fall is the best season to evaluate your future plans for your yard. If you have a project that you’ve been wanting to check off your list (but keep putting off), you’ll regret delaying it once the warmer weather arrives. It’s best to get outside and make design plans in the cooler fall weather versus the harsh winter months or the muddy spring.

What brings value to the home?

When discussing home renovations, you’ll often hear people talk about high return-on-investment (ROI) projects like kitchen or bathroom remodels. But shifting plans to the exterior of your home will actually give you greater curb appeal, more liveable space and some very high ROI. Read more from the National Association of Realtors about what outdoor projects can offer in terms of ROI.

There are a few outdoor areas you can transform to add some curb appeal.

1. Hardscaping

Hardscaping refers to the man-made features of your yard: pathways and retaining walls, cement or pavers. It can even include pergolas or pavilions. One of the biggest ways you can add some liveable space to your home is with a fabulous outdoor patio. Whether you have a pool or hot tub, or just love to grill or have a firepit, planning it well will make all the difference. Contact Greenbud Landscaping today for some expert advice about your dream patio.

2. Landscaping

Professionally designed landscaping gives great aesthetics to your exterior while also giving you pops of color and bloom as plants and bushes each hit their peak at different times. Strategically placed trees, garden features or even rain gardens can not only increase curb appeal, but also make your yard healthier and improve drainage.

3. Lawn care and maintenance

Regular watering, fertilizing and weed control will help boost your lawn into that barefoot-friendly grass everyone wants. For more lawn care ideas, read our blog about the top 10 things you can do to keep it in peak condition.

When you want to sell your home:

Many people who are looking to sell their home do so in the spring or summer months. Usually the buying season is best then because families want to be in a new home before the new school year begins or the colder weather sets in.

If you’re making plans to sell your home in the spring, it’s helpful to know the home value of outdoor projects. Here are a few tips:

● Sometimes a large amount of landscaping may scare potential buyers into thinking “That’s too much upkeep.” But a well-done hardscape project won’t be a problem to maintain. You hold the power to excite buyers with your outdoor space. Take advantage of your opportunity!

● Again, real estate professionals tend to put more value on curb appeal projects, and the data shows that your exterior upgrades will give 75% back in ROI, compared to interior changes at 65%.

Whether you’re looking to sell, or stay in your home and love the space you have, outdoor projects are trending for a good reason—it brings joy to spend time outside. Give Greenbud Landscaping a call when you decide what your next spring project should be, and we’ll give you a free estimate!