How to Make Your Backyard Staycation Ready

Are you looking to turn your backyard into your personal oasis? Not only will you personally enjoy the benefits of a backyard makeover, but you could also increase the value of your home- if you focus on the right projects. According to the National Association of Realtors, these are the outdoor projects that will give you the highest return on your investment when it comes time to sell. 

Landscaping Upgrade- Return on Investment: 83%. By mulching flower beds, installing stone planters and flowering shrubs, and adding a stone walkway, you will add personality to your property while improving the aesthetics. 

New Patio- Return on Investment: 67%. Adding a concrete paver patio can add usable living space to your home, increasing its function and livability and allowing you to enjoy more time spent outside. 

New Wood Deck- Return on Investment: 80%. Not only does a deck add more functioning space to a yard, but it is also a great selling point for buyers of all price points. 

Outdoor Kitchen- Return on Investment: 71%. Install an inset grill, stainless steel drawers, an ice chest, and countertop to create an outdoor cooking space. This project is a great selling point for buyers of upscale houses. 

Fire Feature- Return on Investment: 67%. Fire Pits are great for outdoor entertaining, especially gas burners, due to their ease of use. 

Other ideas to turn your backyard into your personal oasis: 

Ensure there is plenty of seating: A deep seating set or some lounge chairs can go a long way in creating a space that you want to hang out in. You could even add a hammock for maximum relaxation.

Create some shade: The easiest way to do this is to add an umbrella. You could also create a gazebo, awning, or plant some trees.

Add a hot tub: With a hot tub, you can relax in your yard all year round.

Yard games, anyone? If you're tired of sitting around and just relaxing…try playing a few yard games. Croquet, badminton, cornhole, and bocce ball are a few games to consider.

Don't forget the lighting: Lighting can go a long way in setting the mood, plus it will allow you to enjoy your yard after the sun sets.


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