Top summer home improvement tips

A new deck or patio is a great way to add a focal point to any backyard.

Summer is one of the best times to focus on outdoor home improvement projects that deliver the greatest return on your investment.

“While there are many renovation options available to homeowners, not all are created equal,” explains Brad Johnstone, broker of record for the Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre. “Some improvements help bolster your property’s resale value more than others, so before you invest your time and money, be sure the project will pay off in the long run.”

In order to receive the best bang for your buck, Johnstone recommends these three outdoor improvement tips:

Build a deck or patio

A new deck or patio is a great way to add a focal point to any backyard. Not only do these structures add to a property’s visual appeal, but they also provide homeowners with the means to enjoy their outdoor living space to the fullest. During the summer months, a patio is a great place to entertain guests, barbecue, and enjoy leisure time with friends and family. Whatever your motivation, a deck or patio will encourage you to get out and enjoy the summer, all while adding a healthy amount to your property’s bottom line.

Install a sprinkler system

On average, homeowners use 50 per cent more water than necessary on their lawns, adding to their monthly bills and causing their grounds to flood. Automatic lawn sprinklers are an easy way to avoid this as they are designed with busy lifestyles in mind. Although installation can be costly, you may save money in the long run.

Landscape your yard

Landscaping is one of the best ways to add visual interest to your outdoor living space for a relatively small fee. Whether you choose to garden or install a built-in fixture like a pond, beautifying your backyard is a great way to create an attractive and serene environment that builds your home’s equity.

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