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Patio vs Deck: 5 Outdoor Features to Boost Your Home's Value

May 10, 2019

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Summer is practically here and that means it's time for some outdoor projects around your home. Maybe you've thought about what you'd like to do out there but you're not sure what is actually best for your home value. Don't worry, you're in the right place.

Whether you've been deciding between a patio vs deck or a swimming pool, we have news for you. Both of these features will add value to your home! But, there's more.

Adding value to your home can be as simple as adding an aesthetic landscape design to your front yard. Or, if you feel like going big, an outdoor kitchen will surely do it.

Keep reading to learn about the top five outdoor features that will boost your home value.

5 Outdoor Features That Will Boost Your Home Value

Before we get started, let's talk a little bit about the beach folks. Those that live by the ocean also live near a lot of sand. Sand that gets tracked all over your living room if you don't have a place to rinse off before you come inside.

That's why you should consider installing an outdoor bathing area such as a shower. Homes with this feature in high demand areas can see up to a 97% price per square foot premium. Nothing says summer like washing up after the beach and getting ready for a grilling party, but we'll get to that in a minute.

Whether you're planning to sell in the next year or so or you're just hoping to give your home the makeover it deserves, these outdoor projects will check the box for value and livability.

1. Patio vs Deck

A patio with a pergola can offer up to and over 100% return on investment. Cement patios cost about $6,400 and the return is valued around $6,500. Even better, if you refinish and repair your existing patio, you could see up to 500% ROI.

A deck on the other hand only returns about 80% of the investment. Although, if you refinish and repair your existing deck, you could recover up to 600% of the costs.

Regardless of which you choose, don't take up too much yard space. Buyers look for homes with large yards and if your patio or deck is taking up all the space, it could be a deterrent.

2. Swimming Pool

You can expect to recoup about 50% of the costs associated with installing a swimming pool. On average, a new pool will cost around $23,000 and it's important to remember that they are a lot of maintenance. You should be prepared to take on this responsibility for the rest of the time you plan to live here.

See this post by Premier Pool Service to learn how long it takes to build a pool. Take a look at our finances channel to help you learn how to budget for an expense like this.

3. Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen is an absolutely exquisite addition to any home and the ROI banks anywhere from 100% to 200%!

Make sure to build enough counter space and it's a good idea to design your outdoor kitchen around your grill. You can put in a wood burning pizza oven for extra pizzaz. Although, the pizza oven could go unnoticed when it comes time to sell so this should be a heavily weighted decision.

Make room for a fridge, wine cooler, and an ice maker.

4. Landscaping & Lighting

Landscape around decks and patios and even the pool. Add lighting for the nighttime hours which not only illuminates your landscape but also provides security.

Consider hiring a professional landscape designer to install your landscaping. They can explain proper maintenance so that you can keep a beautiful looking yard all year long. Make sure to ask about your favorite types of plants and flowers and shrubs to find out if they will grow well in your region.

You may also consider pots for the deck or patio with live plants.

5. Eco-Friendly Amenities

Anything you can do to make your home more environmentally friendly is a bonus with the buyers. We live in an era when living sustainably means doing everything we can to protect our earth, our friends and family, and our homes.

Consider installing a rainwater capture system for irrigating your lawn and garden. Solar panels are another great addition that not only add value to your home but will save you some money on electric bills while you still live there. If you really want to make an impact, install a green roof with soil and vegetation; it will also serve as insulation and reduce storm-water runoff.

BONUS: Fire Pit

A deck with a fire pit goes a long way with buyers. But even if you can't build one on the deck, dig up some space in the back of the yard somewhere and create the ambiance that almost everyone desires when they step into their backyard oasis. You could see up to 80% return on investment.

Make sure to build the fire pit away from structures and check with the city before you dig to ensure that you won't hit any gas or water lines. You should also check with your local fire department for any codes that you should adhere to.

Final Thoughts

Whether you've decided between a patio vs deck or vice versa, without an outdoor kitchen, don't forget to install a grilling station. It could increase your property value by up to 25%. They are most popular in California and Arizona.

Be mindful of your budget as you progress with these projects to earn the most back when you sell. Slow and steady wins the race.

We hope you found this post helpful. Before you go, take a look at our health and fitness channel. You might need the energy to get all your yard work done this summer.