Whether it’s a luxurious swimming pool and cabana, an open-air kitchen and dining area or a cozy fire pit for roasting marshmallows, you’ve likely dreamed of having one, if not all, of these amenities at your home. All of these outdoor living spaces increases home value in Omaha.
The good news is that outdoor living spaces, in the form of decks or patios, continue to be very popular investments.
Outdoor Living Spaces Increases Home Value
The even better news is that decks (wood or composite) are showing an average return on investment of between 67% and 77% according to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.
Where do you start? Here are a few outdoor living spaces increases home value.
Patios are a sought-after amenity for most homes, making them a valuable addition when trying to sell a home quickly. On average, the cost of building a patio can be as high as $6,400, depending on size and materials used. That said, it’s estimated that patios can recover up to $6,525 of the cost to build, which is an ROI of just over 100%.
A better option for most homeowners, however, would be to refinish or repair an existing patio, as repair estimates average around $1,300. This can provide an ROI of nearly 500%.
Get the best return on your outdoor patio with these tips:
- DO: Add lighting to enjoy your outdoor living room in the evening and add patio furniture for more comfort.
- DON’T: Take up too much backyard space. Many families covet big backyards, so leave enough space for kids and animals.
Adding outdoor lighting
Good landscaping can add up to 28% to your home’s overall value, according to one landscape economist. And outdoor lighting can play a big part in creating a desirable, visually pleasing landscape.
In fact, one survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that 41% of home shoppers rated outdoor lighting as “essential.” Tasteful lighting can also help prevent people from slipping and falling AND it makes your property a more difficult target for intruders.
Plant windbreak and shade trees
This project can make your outdoor living space more appealing visually, it’s environmentally friendly AND it could save you money on your energy bill. According to one Today.com article, younger is usually better when it comes to planting to trees, but if you’re planning to sell your home within three to five years, you’ll need some size to get the full effect.
Outdoor kitchens are popular additions, and most experts estimate that homeowners with kitchens in their outdoor living spaces will break even on the investment when selling their homes.
According to Absolute Outdoor Kitchens, homes with outdoor kitchens can potentially see an ROI ranging between 100% and 200%.
Get the best return on your outdoor kitchen with these tips:
- DO: Build enough counter space to make cooking a little easier. Design your outdoor kitchen around your grill.
- DON’T: Add unnecessary items, such as a full wood-burning pizza oven. If the next buyer doesn’t think they’ll get use out of it, it may go undervalued.
Upgrade that deck
Upgrading an existing deck or adding a new one varies substantially in cost, depending on the type of materials you want to use and the size of the deck. But most experts agree that the payoff is well worth the money and effort.
Remodeling Magazine puts the addition of a wood deck at an 80% return, and a composite deck at a 68% return. If you already have a deck, simply adding some stain can go a long way. Whichever route you choose just remember to keep the look of the deck in line with the rest of the house. Decks and patios should appear to have been in place since the home was built.
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Arbor Hills Trees & Landscaping Services can provide you with everything from detailed maintenance programs to unique plant production, and other services in between. That means we build water features, walls, patios, irrigation, walkways, outdoor kitchens, lighting and anything else you can help us dream up. Our professionally trained staff can build the landscape of your dreams and keep you from breaking any Home Landscaping Rules.
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Fire Pit Designs Landscaping Services
Imagine the ambiance created in your backyard landscape by a custom fire pit. Nothing is more inviting on a cool spring night or for fall and winter gatherings of family and friends. A fire pit may be used to provide warmth during outdoor entertaining, but also as a heat source for outdoor cooking or simply roasting marshmallows. Our trained custom fire pit installers are experts in turning your vision into reality. More…
Outdoor Living Landscaping Services
Unlimited Outdoor Kitchen offers professional outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, and outdoor living room design, building, and installation services with FREE ESTIMATES. More…
Retaining Walls Landscaping Services
Enhance the beauty of your landscape with a retaining wall that is customized to coordinate with your home’s exterior. At Arbor Hills, our retaining wall designer will create a functional retaining wall that is aesthetically pleasing for your personal taste, and within your target budget. With the many materials available today, the retaining wall project you’ve been considering is just a phone call away! More…
Stamped and Colored Concrete
It is time to upgrade or replace some of the hardscape features surrounding your home? Stamped and colored concrete is a beautiful and affordable material. It enhances the color and texture featured on your home’s exterior. Stamped concrete in textures from modern to rustic are available to coordinate with your home’s existing design features. Colored concrete can be blended to match or enhance your home’s exterior color scheme. A designer from Arbor Hills will consider all these existing features at your site visit and when designing your project. More…
Patio Pavers Landscaping Services
Concrete pavers are a great way to improve your landscape and garden. They are super strong and lend themselves to many hardscaping projects. They rarely crack but if they do, each piece is easily replaceable. More…
Landscape Lighting Designs
Outdoor lighting can be nearly as important to the overall look and feel of your home as the landscaping itself. So you shouldn’t short-change yourself by skimping on quality lighting products. We are a full-service landscape and waterscape company that can solve all of your residential and commercial lighting needs anywhere in Omaha and the surrounding areas. More…
Water Feature Landscaping Designs
Imagine the sight and sound of bubbling water as you relax in your outdoor sanctuary. A water feature can give just the right ambiance to your outdoor retreat. Or, if you are looking for a water feature with traffic-slowing curb appeal, a designer from Arbor Hills will help you choose the water feature that best enhances your home. More…
Sod Installation Services
Whether you have just built your home, cleared agricultural land for your personal use or simply want to improve the look of your existing yard, having sod installed is a fast way to create the lush, green carpet of grass you want. It offers instant satisfaction rather than the weeks of waiting and anticipating whether or not your grass seed is going to grow. Plus, using sod offers a host of other benefits. More…
Mulch & Rock Landscaping Services
The concept, to design, to delivery and installation, we have more than 20 years experience in the landscaping industry in the Omaha and surrounding areas. Our services include delivery, full installation, and clean-up of mulch and rock around your beds, trees, and more. More…
Plants & Shrubs Landscaping
Plants and shrubs are the backbone of your landscape and should be the first things you plant. Proper selection will enhance a home’s appearance and increase property value while reflecting the homeowner’s style and personality. More…
Let our trained nursery professionals assist you in selecting the perfect tree or shrub to complete your landscape. We carry a selection that is unmatched in the Omaha and the surrounding areas and are willing and eager to explain our favorites. Improved varieties are introduced each year and we always strive to carry the best and newest – varieties more resistant to disease, shade trees better able to withstand storm damage and ornamentals in unique colors, shapes and sizes you have to see to believe. More…