Falconcrest – Backyard Design Features that Increase Resale Value

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Are you looking for ways to improve the resale value of your home? One of the best ways to do this is to design an outdoor living space! With additions like patios, fire pits and more, you not only get more space, you also greatly improve the chances of selling your home at a higher price and – potentially – quicker! Here are some backyard design features we recommend in order to increase the resale value of your home.

Patio

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Patios are a sought-after amenity for most homes, making them a valuable addition when trying to sell a home quickly! You’ll find that the investment that you put into refinishing or repairing an existing patio will be made back so quickly that it is well worth the investment. However, if you’re getting a whole new one built, you’ll still find your return to be very healthy. Whatever you decide, there are some tips to remember when tackling a patio build. First, add lighting to enjoy your outdoor living room in the evening and add patio furniture for more comfort. Second, be sure not to take up too much backyard space. Many families covet big backyards, so leave enough space for kids and animals.

Outdoor Kitchen

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Outdoor kitchens have become very popular additions recently, and most experts estimate that homeowners with these spaces are seeing a lot of attention. Of course, there’s a right way and a wrong way to build these outdoor design features. Make sure you build enough counter space to make cooking easier. Like in your indoor kitchen, you want to build around the cooking area (the grill) to make sure everything flows well. However, don’t feel pressured to add unnecessary items like a full wood-burning pizza oven. If that’s something you really want and will get a lot of use out of, go for it; but if the next buyer doesn’t think they’ll need it, it may go undervalued.

Fire Pit

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Fire Pits are an easy win in terms of home resale value. These features are a great way to create a quick mental image for potential buyers who love the idea of gathering around under the stars. If you choose to have one built for you, we highly recommend buying one that has natural gas running to it; simplicity is a big seller. However, if you see yourself as a DIYer, feel free to save some money and build your own! Be sure to build out in the open and away from structures, and absolutely make sure you have permission from the city if you use natural gas!

Pergola / Extended Roof Overhang

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Adding a covering to a backyard with a pergola or an extended roof is a great way to increase resale value. However, make sure you don’t go too crazy with the expenditures on this one! You can find great looking pre-fabricated pergolas that are less expensive but still able to boost home value. To get the best return on your pergola or extended roof be sure that you are using a covering tall and wide enough so everyone can easily move around outside.

For those of you who are looking to undertake these projects, be sure to always do your research! Knowing what you’re allowed to do in your area and what’s available in your budget are the two key things to truly maximize returns. We hope these tips help you to plan your next steps in increasing the resale value of your home with great backyard design features. For more information like this, be sure to follow Falconcrest Homes’ blog series!

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