Buying or Selling your House in Western Newfoundland and Labrador

7 Simple Ways to Invest in your Yard for Big Returns

April 25th, 2017

To potential buyers, what’s out in the front yard and in behind a house can be just as important as what’s inside it. Spending a little time (and money) elevating the outdoor areas can have a significant payoff when the offers start rolling in this selling season.

Colour Blocking

Take a page from a popular fashion trend — colour blocking — and transpose its traits into your landscape design. Pick out a patio wall and paint a bold colour (or, if you’re feeling adventurous, two or three in the same tonal family) or colour block your flower beds! It creates a visual frame to highlight any outdoor amenities such as an outdoor fire pit or a row of potted plants.

yard, flowers, garden

Flower Power

Whether making a good first impression with a potential suitor or blowing away a potential buyer, flowers are always a good idea. Armed with a spade, some potting meal and slew of bright buds in a single colour, line front pathways, ring trees and fill porch pots for instant curb appeal.

flowers, pots, porch, patio, chair

Play It Forward

In 2017, backyards are going beyond bench seats and flower boxes — one of this year’s biggest landscaping trends is having a place to play. Be it a backyard-sized bocce ball court or custom-made Cornhole set, setting up something fun for the future owners to play with could really pay off.

bocce, lawn bowling, yard, grass

Light It Up

Give the backyard a boost with a set of café string lights crisscrossing just so. Illuminating outdoor spaces with these trendy trestles creates an inviting vintage vibe that begs potential buyers to pull up a chair and settle in for the night (and every night after that).

outdoor, lights, lanterns

Eat Up

Harness the momentum of the “foodscaping” movement and plant a vegetable garden. A couple of box planters brimming with fresh parsley, salad greens and zucchini vines shows that this home is all about homegrown — and who wouldn’t want a slice of that?

basil, tomatoes, fresh, garden, vegetables

Lawn Yawn

Instead of investing hundreds of dollars trying to fix a neglected lawn, take the path less trodden. Lawn alternatives, such as wild grasses and wild-flower mixes, are starting to sprout up everywhere, thanks to growing awareness around traditional lawn maintenance (fertilizers, water usage, etc.).

flowers, wildflowers, bloom

Swing Shift

Have you ever seen a porch swing and not wanted to sit on it? Installing one of these sweet swingers on the front porch (or any other pretty spot on the property) is a surefire way to get potential buyers to picture themselves rocking their way right into a full-price offer.

porch, swing,

When it comes to outdoor living spaces, small investments can make a really big impact. Which one will you be adding to your open house to-do list?

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