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Transform Your Mississauga Backyard: 5 Expert Tips for Maximizing ROI

Friday Apr 14th, 2023


As spring and summer approach, it's an excellent time for homeowners to think about sprucing up their outdoor spaces. Upgrading your backyard enhances your outdoor living experience and can increase your home's value. So if you're looking for ways to create a restful escape in your backyard, here are five outdoor improvements to consider:

1. Create an Outdoor Living Space 

An outdoor living area can expand your living space and provide another place to relax or entertain guests. It can be as simple as setting up an outdoor sectional or dining table surrounded by colourful plants. A gazebo or pergola can add visual interest and provide shade on hot days. If your budget allows, consider installing an outdoor kitchen for cooking and entertaining alfresco.

2. Define Your Space with a Deck or Patio 

Adding a deck or patio creates a dedicated area to define your outdoor living space. Depending on your home's preferences and style, you may opt for a wood or composite deck built off the ground or choose from various hardscape patio options like slabs, interlocking pavers or poured concrete.

3. Invest in Landscaping 

Landscaping can bring life to outdoor spaces, providing privacy, shade, and year-round appeal. To get the most return on your investment, choose low-maintenance plants that are easy to care for and accentuate them with structural elements like a water feature or seasonal decor. Speak with a local greenhouse or focus on native varieties to determine which plants work best in your yard.

4. Incorporate Outdoor Lighting 

To enjoy your backyard well after the sun sets, it's important to include lighting for both function and atmosphere. Outdoor kitchens require good task lighting over and inside the grill and workspaces. Meanwhile, dining and conversation areas can be accentuated with wall-mount downlights or dimmable electric lamps for a relaxed mood. Solar-powered or low-voltage accent lights add drama to surrounding landscapes, patios, decks, stairs and walkways.

5. Add Ambiance with an Outdoor Fireplace 

A fireplace can add warmth and ambiance to your outdoor living area. A grand standalone fireplace can define an outdoor room and serve as a focal point, while poolside fire bowls, lanterns and fire tables can enhance any open-air design. Research your local fire bylaws to see what's allowed in your municipality.

Maximize Your ROI with Expert Realtor Advice in Mississauga

Before investing in any outdoor improvement, it's important to consider your budget and consult with a realtor to understand the potential return on investment. With these ideas in mind, you can create a restful escape in your backyard that you can enjoy for years to come.

To learn more, please contact me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative at Keller Williams Real Estate Associates, Brokerage, in Mississauga, Ontario, for a free home evaluation.

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