Top 5 Outdoor Improvements That Will Add Value to Your Home

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Thinking of home improvements? If you are planning to put your Pleasanton CA home up for sale, or you just want a better looking home, you may want to consider getting outdoor improvements.



Outdoor living is a popular trend, and it has shown no signs of slowing down. People love having outdoor living spaces, a private space where they can retreat, relax, and entertain. Next to energy efficiency, outdoor upgrades is one of the home improvements buyers look for.



The best thing about outdoor improvement? It can be done with minimal cost, yet you get to enjoy a high return of investment. The NAR (National Association of Realtors®) 2016 Remodeling Impact Report : Outdoor Features  report a 100% in cost recovery.


Outdoor improvements with the highest ROI

Before you start thinking of getting a pool, installing a deck and a few other outdoor upgrades you’ve seen on TV, you should know that not all improvements have high ROI.




Some upgrades yield a lower percentage recovery. You need to know which upgrades can add the most value to your home.



Here are the top 5 outdoor improvements which will boost your home’s ROI.


  1. Improved landscaping and gardening. Buyers perceive homes with landscaped front and backyards, gardens with flowering plants and trees have a higher value compared to homes with just a front lawn.


If you are selling your Pleasanton home, a basic upgrade you can do is to add flowering shrubs in your garden or pathway. When you want something low maintenance, opt for native plants or drought-tolerant plants available in your area. Adding a tree near the window will not only bring your home shade, it will also help keep the home a little cool especially during the summer.



Replacing your pathway with a flagstone walkway also enhances the curb appeal. Incorporating at least two large stone planters further enhance the outdoor appeal. Do you know that this improvement alone can add up to 10% on your home’s value?



  1. Put up some lighting. With the proper lighting, the home comes alive. Once you’ve finished with the landscaping, show it off even at nighttime by installing electric or solar powered spotlights. Lighting also helps increase a home’s security, giving you better peace of mind.


  1. Consider installing a patio. Many homes for sale in Pleasanton have patios, and if you have none, you may  consider getting one. The patio transforms the backyard into an enticing outdoor living space. Furnish it with several comfortable outdoor chairs and you now have a relaxing outdoor space.


    Pleasanton CA Homes for Sale - Boost your Pleasanton CA home sale’s value with these outdoor improvements.


  2. Create an outdoor room by adding a pergola. Make your patio more exciting by adding a pergola. A pergola dramatically enhances a backyard’s look. It also allows for more shade and a perfect way to hang greeneries. 

  3. Add a fire pit. To complete your relaxing outdoor oasis, add a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace. On those rare chilly nights, this is the perfect spot to hang out with family and friends.



But you don't need chilly nights to use the fire pit. You can also use it for roasting marshmallows, chicken tacos, and sausages. You don't have to get the most expensive one either. Even the budget friendly ones will do, as long it serves the function for your summer soiree.



These outdoor improvements will definitely make you want to stay in your home a little longer. If you are selling your Pleasanton home, the new owner will surely thank you for creating a wonderful and relaxing space for them to enjoy.



Which ones are you going to do on your backyard?



Call me, Rhonda Fee, at 925-200-0827. Let me make your home selling transaction a smooth and stress free journey.



You can also check out my website to learn about homes for sale in Pleasanton.

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Summer in the Pacific Northwest Coast region is a treasured (& short) season...expanded outdoor living ideas always welcomed.

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