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Landscaping

Make Your Outdoor Space Perfect for Summer Parties

Everyone loves summer because of the opportunities it grants us to enjoy the great outdoors! Of course, you don't have to travel far from home to have fun outside; in fact, the right features can make your home's exterior spaces the ultimate destination for friends and family! You've already read about which outdoor improvements brought the most joy to homeowners, but which ones are most effective at creating an entertaining space for their guests? Personal finance site MagnifyMoney recently wrote about the outdoor renovations that will help make your home perfect for hosting summer gatherings!

These Exterior Improvements Yield the Best Returns

When considering whether to invest money into a home project, it's important to consider the context. For homeowners who plan on selling in the near future, the key thing to consider is the Return on Investment (ROI), or the proportion of money expected to be recouped by the project's resulting increase in home value. In contrast, owners who plan on staying put will want to focus on adding to their own happiness with the home. In this post, you can learn which outdoor improvements yield the best returns in both money and happiness! There are even some great options that can satisfy both owners and future buyers! 

Trees Are Valuable in More Ways Than One

It seems reasonable to assume that most people consider trees to be a positive landscaping feature. Following that train of thought, most people would probably guess (correctly) that houses with trees sell for more money than houses without trees; however, far fewer people would be able to correctly guess the size of the price difference. Go ahead, decide on a number in your head. Ready for the answer? According to the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, having even a single tree in front of an urban house increases that home’s sale price by an average of $7,130! Even if you don't plan on selling, that same tree can provide serious benefits in other ways as well.