There’s no denying how the pandemic made 2020 a “Year of Home.” As people got stuck indoors, many homeowners thought about renovating their houses. In fact, home improvement projects spiked during the year.

This 2021 is going to be the “Year of the Yard,” according to experts. Many households have thought about going beyond their homes and improving their outdoor spaces. In fact, 90 percent of Americans believe their outdoor spaces have now become more valuable than ever before. Unfortunately, 88 percent of them are not satisfied with their outdoor spaces. Thus, a lot of them are looking to enhance their property’s curb appeal.

If you’re one of those looking to spruce up the outdoor space, here are seven effective ways to do so:

1. Build a deck or patio

When it comes to having an outdoor space for outdoor relaxation and family bonding, you have two options. First, you can install a deck by building an open space extending from your house without a roof. Second, you can install a patio by constructing a paved area either attached or detached from your house. Other options include installing a porch, pergola, and balcony. All these will take your outdoor space to the next level.

2. Construct a walkway or driveway

If you have a large outdoor space, it’s a good idea to construct a pathway for both functionality and aesthetics. You can either have a walkway (if you need a path for walking around your garden) or a driveway (if you need to drive your car to the garage). As far as paving materials are concerned, you have plenty of options to choose from. Consider installing concrete pavers, asphalt, bricks, and natural stones like flagstone, cobblestone, and travertine.

3. Install outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting has increasingly become popular among many households. Not only are light fixtures installed for aesthetic purposes, but they are also used for boosting your home security. They prevent burglars from sneaking into your residential property at night. Be sure to opt for LED lights as they come in various design styles, safety features, and energy efficiency. You’ll be amazed at how outdoor lighting can enhance the ambiance of your outdoor space.

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4. Enhance your landscape or garden

It’s about time to perform landscaping or gardening in your outdoor space. Transforming your landscape can provide a space for communing with nature. Also, gardening can be therapeutic for you and your family, especially during this pandemic. For landscaping, you may want to install a fire pit, water fountain, or pavement. As for your gardening, it’s time to grow trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, and vegetation around your house.

5. Install a fence or gate

If you have an open space in your residential property, installing a fence or a gate is a good idea. Not only will this boost your home security and household safety, but it can also take your property’s curb appeal to the next level. However, be wary of choosing the right materials for your fence or gate. When it comes to material options, you can opt for a wrought iron post, a wood fence, a steel bar, or a rust-free aluminum gate. Of course, think of a design theme for your outdoor space, and you call the shots!

6. Hire a lawn care service

It’s best to get a lawn care service to enhance the beauty of your outdoor space. A lawn maintenance service goes beyond mowing or trimming your grasses. Most of these services include weed removal, pest control, and constant irrigation. While you’re at it, be sure to have tree pruning and disease treatment services as well. By maintaining your yard and garden, you’ll have a beautiful and comfortable outdoor place to stay.

7. Power–wash your outdoor space

If your outdoor structure and house exterior are well-built but need a little makeover, power-washing is your best course of action. You can hire a pressure-washing service provider or do it yourself if you have a pressure washer at home. Be sure to power-wash your house exterior walls, patio or deck, sidewalk or driveway, and even your front door. You’ll be surprised at how this will transform the overall look and appearance of your house exterior and outdoor space.

After your home renovation projects, it’s time to kick your outdoor space up a notch. Consider all the valuable recommendations discussed above, from building a deck or patio down to installing a fence or gate down to power-washing. You’ll be surprised at how they will transform your outdoor space. Ultimately, they will boost your property’s curb appeal and increase your home value.

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