Thursday, April 26, 2012

Outdoor Home Renovation / Improvement Projects

Is this the year that your yard will be the talk of the neighborhood – in a good way? Your tax return can fund a number of outdoor home renovation / improvement projects that can increase the curb appeal – and your enjoyment – of your home. From affordable DIY projects to major additions that require the skilled labor of a local contractor, here’s a quick look at some popular home renovation & improvement projects for the spring and summer.

Re-sod Your Lawn

A raggedy, ill-maintained lawn can turn even the prettiest lot into an eyesore. Get rid of the bare patches and crabgrass with an all-out makeover. Tearing up and re-sodding or re-seeding a lawn isn’t a project that requires a lot of skill, but it is time and work-intensive. You can rent the necessary tools to make the work easier, but it’s easier still to hire a local contractor skilled in doing lawn care and maintenance to do the work for you. You can even contract with the lawn maintenance company to take care of the mowing and upkeep throughout the summer – and generally for a very affordable cost.

Plant Flower Beds

Flower beds along the frontage of your property or lining the paths are a quick and easy way to give your home an instant facelift. Gardening may be a pleasure for some, but even avid gardeners might prefer to avoid the backbreaking labor of preparing a flower bed for the first time. Depending on the size of your intended flower patches, you can probably hire a local contractor with a cultivator to break up the lawn, turn the soil and add any amendments needed – and leave you the fun work to do.

Extend Your Kitchen

Turn your backyard into a complete outdoor kitchen. Professional contractors are expert at building out a patio or deck and outfitting it with everything you need to entertain in style. Working with a local contractor gives you a number of advantages over doing it yourself, including the fact that most pros have connections with local distributors of appliances and construction materials. That often means that local contractors can often work deals and get their hands on hard-to-find items that will turn your backyard into a showplace.

As a bonus, each of these home renovations & improvements actually add more value to your house. They’re among the top ten renovation projects that provide a decent return on investment when it comes to the valuation of your house for sale.

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