Adding Outdoor Living Space

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

 

 

With the onset of spring comes the challenge of beautifying your outdoor living space. A seller knows that first impressions make a difference and this is one of the easiest ways to increase the probability of getting prospective buyers. Buyers are scoping out the neighborhoods, deciding, which neighborhoods look best. But they are not the only ones interested in curb appeal and aesthetics, Appraisal Districts and Appraisers are too and they are evaluating your neighborhood for market value. Whether you are in the market to sell, buy now or just feel contented to rent, people still judge the neighborhood and the people who live there. Property values do impact everyone.

 

Whether you choose to buy, sell, rent or stay put, the outdoor living space does make a big difference. It can significantly increase the value and benefit the owners and the environment. 

 

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UPDATING YOUR LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE 

 

Updating your Outdoor Living Space & landscaping can be an excellent home improvement project. Unlike a home addition, you’re not knocking down walls, worrying about heat ducts and air conditioning vents, thinking about granite countertops, flooring, window treatment and you don’t have to worry about what colors are in and what colors are out. Landscaping should be easy on the eye, low maintenance and have something special, unique, beautiful and attractive for people, birds and butterflies!

 

In Texas, simple patios and backyards are being transformed with custom pavilions, arbors, outdoor kitchens, interlocking concreted blocks, high-end stone fireplaces, built-in outdoor refrigerators, kitchens with a grill island, ceiling fans and custom landscaping. A Texas barbeque is a great way to relax by yourself or to enjoy with family and friends.

 

Outdoor Patio

 

When you plan for landscaping, keep scale in mind. While a jungle may sound exciting to kids, or to those who seek adventure, your home should feel welcoming. Larger shrubs and evergreens should be intended as a backdrop for other plants; not a standalone. Find out what native plants work best for your location and plant accordingly with a variety of texture, keeping plants trimmed and attractive.

 

Creating a strong first impression makes a statement and it shouldn’t cost a fortune. Remember, you’re dealing with outdoor elements so be sure to check with your local businesses that offer landscaping ideas. You can make the best of the seasons for many years to come while increasing the value and the benefits to your home and your lifestyle. Life is Good! Change the Outdoor Living Space & landscape; change your attitude!

 

©Patricia Feager 5/14/2013

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I am convinced that Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus. . .BUT, I'm also fairly certain that Butterflies are from Lantana.  I remember Lantanas growing in my grandmother's garden, and the butterflies love 'em.

May 14, 2013 04:06 AM #15
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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Just as important as the first impression the buyer gets when entering a home, is that first impression when driving down the very street where the Home for Sale is located. Have a feeling that a majority of buyers are hoping, "Let it be that home; Please God, let it be the home over there or even that home four houses down the street..." And way too often, our cars pull up to the curb and from the street view, there is disappointment enough to go all around. The yard, lot, landscaping (what landscaping ???) had to have been put on hold. Too bad! Too many times!! Make it green, make it colorful, have it 'pop!'  Because, Mr. Seller, you do want to sell, don't you!?!

And Patricia, as you write, all homeowners also, can extend the home living to include a wonderful outdoors. Make it beautiful and then take the time to enjoy it. We on ActiveRain would love to come to a potluck BBQ in one of those Texas backyards. :-))

 

 

May 14, 2013 07:09 AM #16
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Debbie Reynolds
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Patricia, Outdoors living space is asked for time after time. It is a smart investment and will pay off with a sale.

May 14, 2013 01:32 PM #17
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Hi Patricia,

This post has a lot of great tips and readers will enjoy it as it gives you something to think about whether you are a buyer or seller. The patio is very nice and I am sure buyers will see themselves sitting outside enjoying the sunset or having a family barbecue. Thanks for sharing such good advice.

May 14, 2013 02:10 PM #18
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Karen Anne Stone
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Patricia:  What a great picture you have shared.  Such a great way to turn a simple and plain rear yard/patio into something extremely exciting to most folks.  In many ways, this could easily become a deal-maker.  Great idea!

May 14, 2013 03:45 PM #19
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Pat I couldn't agree more.  Outdoor space is getting more attention these days, even here in the Northeast although we have a short outdoor season :)

May 14, 2013 04:26 PM #20
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Look at you Ms. Ambassador another ho hum featured article.  Another one for the books thanks

May 14, 2013 08:07 PM #21
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James... you have written 1362 posts... and out of those you have seven Featured Posts... and you choose to call one of Patricia's Featured Posts "ho hum?"  That's either pretty nervy, or pretty "somethin' else."

Go pick on someone else.

May 14, 2013 08:22 PM #22
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Debbie Laity
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My outdoor living space is still a work in progress. This year's plan include to finish the front deck and landscape the area. I need an extra hour in the day to help get this done in a timely manner. LOL. I know that isn't going to happen.

May 14, 2013 10:32 PM #23
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Patricia, in season the yards offer so much in comfort and entertainment and to keep it attractive doesn't take a lot of money or work. Nice post

May 14, 2013 10:33 PM #24
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Hi Patricia, enjoyed reading your post .. We are usually on the deck or down on the patio most of the summer. In the evenings it is the deck...during the day we are on the patio under the deck where it is cooler. We love entertaining outdoors.
May 14, 2013 10:56 PM #25
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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I' m sure that your weather collaborates for outdoor living almost year long in your area

The investment for this should be worth it. .

great post Patricia

May 14, 2013 11:17 PM #26
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Joni Bailey
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I know this is going to sound crazy, but for me personally, the outdoor living space, or potential for, is more important than the house. I can change the house -- but you can't change the land!!

May 15, 2013 12:06 AM #27
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Joni, it doesn't sound crazy at all.  Not even for a minute.  The outdoor living space, at least in the kind of surroundings where you live, is very, very important.  Sounds like you spend a lot of time there.  It is your personal "location, location, location."  And no... you're right.  You can't change it.

May 15, 2013 12:15 AM #28
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MaryEllen Kuehl
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Such an inspiring article! The particular part about being able to alter the landscape without having to cater to trends caught my attention. A manicured outdoor area is a brilliant way to add value both to one's quality of living and to the monetary value of a home.  

May 15, 2013 01:48 AM #29
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Bryan Robertson
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I love all the detail you go into to make outdoor living space sound so good.  There is a growing trend in California to create a mix of loggias, patios, outdoor kitchens, even TVs to make the space feel like a family room/kitchen outside. 

May 15, 2013 02:00 AM #30
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Kathy Stoltman
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Here in California outdoor living spaces are a welcome addition and while it may not be the first "must have" on buyers list, once they see a great outdoor living space, it grabs their attention quickly.

May 15, 2013 02:35 AM #31
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Patricia, 

It's that time of the year when I hate being indoors.. the outdoors is the perfect weather here right now.  Thanks for the reminder to make the outdoors an inviting place.

May 15, 2013 10:24 PM #32
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Bobbie Smith
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Sound advice Patricia. Every homeowner selling their home needs to read this. It makes such a difference. Just a few plants in the unlandscaped yard can really change that curb appeal and the number of showings you receive.

May 16, 2013 10:23 PM #33
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Inna Ivchenko
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An outdoor living space is not only a great feature to enjoy while you live in your home, it will certainly attract more buyers when you are ready to sell.

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