Co-author: Michelle Norton
Garden renovation projects can be a cost-effective way to increase the value of your property – and can even be done as do-it-yourself projects. Landscaping and outside design makeovers add a spark to the property and very often that means achieving a higher sale price. First impressions count, so don’t underestimate the power of curb appeal and landscaping. And these projects can even have a double whammy value factor by adding function, as well as style.
Create shaded outdoor living
Does your patio or deck have cover? No protection from the elements can be a turnoff for buyers. Installing a shade sail is an easy way to add value. Even better is an awning or canopy. And, if you install clear PVC screens, you create an outside room that can be used through autumn and spring as well as summer.
Build off-street parking
A carport helps sell your property. If you can’t afford to do that, or the council won’t allow you, consider laying down grass pavers on some of the front lawn. They are practical, and look green.
How are you going to pay for your renovations?
As the saying goes, you’ve got to spend money to make money. But in the first instance, you may need to take out some form of financing to get the work done. Make sure you compare financial products and providers, to ensure it is the best fit for you and your renovation plans. Use Canstar’s free comparison tools below to quickly scan the market.
Build a fence
Fences and hedges make your garden more useable by giving privacy. Some people won’t buy a property that doesn’t have a front fence. So increase the competition for your property by building one.
Replace past-their-use-by-date plants
Those plants you planted 20 years ago may have grown and matured. But plants date and they may be horribly out of fashion. Sometimes we have to take a deep breath and start afresh. Get advice from the garden centre about what varieties of plants are popular. If you can’t stand killing plants, then put them on Trade Me for $1 or Freecycle for free. The “buyer” digs them out, which saves you some work.
Go paint crazy
Decks, fences, wooden steps, and plant beds can all benefit from a lick of paint, stain or oil, every few years. Old 1980s or 1990s wooden structures can be made look modern with a lick of stain. But do check what the latest colour trend is before spending money.
Add stepping stones
Stepping stones are easy to lay and give all-weather access to the depths of your garden. They can also add interest to an otherwise boring lawn.
Build a small raised vegetable garden
Kiwis love veggie gardening. Raised beds appeal to the green fingered brigade. Plant herbs if you can’t be bothered with seasonal vegetables.
Tasteful lighting makes your home look modern. It has practical advantages as well by making the property less appealing to burglars. Lighting also protects against falls.
Finally, beware of adding a pool, or very complex landscaping and gardens. Anything that looks like it requires work can put some buyers off, defeating the purpose of your project.
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