There are a number of home improvement projects that can add significant value to the value of your property. Two that I like are enhancing the landscaping or your gardens, and also adding concrete work to your patio or driveway.
Installing New Landscaping
More and more people are now moving away from the traditional lawn and flowerbed garden and moving towards including more eco friendly materials into the existing landscaping. It is possible to dig up your existing lawn, and then replace it with a fescue grass that requires a substantially less amount of water every month which is not only saving water, but will also save you money, if you are on a water meter. In addition, there are a number of what are now classed as eco-friendly shrubs, again these require a minimal watering. You can also get trees that can manage in any type of humidity and also only require a minimal amount of watering, if any at all.
If you don’t have much spare time for gardening then you can replace your existing lawn with gravel.The gravel is available in a range of sizes and a variety of colours. The gravel reduces the amount of time spent cutting the lawn and watering it in the summer months. Landscaping with gravel can be decoratively designed to enhance the overall look of your garden and add that extra bit of appeal to it.
Installing Concrete Driveways and Patios
There are a number of in-expensive ways to create a concrete driveway or patio. You can use cobbles, bricks, concrete, tarmac and now even coloured resin drives. Which ever one you choose they will help to improve the overall beauty and functionality of your home. Depending on how proficient you are as a DIYer you might require some professional assistance in laying the driveway. Once laid the driveway will provide solid surface for parking your car, which can also help in the winter when the snow is laying. As with the landscaping project adding a new driveway can add significant value onto your house.
So there are two exterior home improvement projects that can be easy to do, and are also very affordable. Research by the real estate bodies has shown that for every £1 spent on these type of home improvement projects you can expect to achieve nearly £2 back from your investment.