When thinking about how to add value to a home, most people focus on upgrading and renovating the interior. While items such as the kitchen and bathroom can certainly increase the value of a home, focusing on the outside is also important.

However, most people focus only on the front yard, as this “curb appeal” is the first thing potential buyers or visitors will see. But the front yard is not the only place to add value to your home. You can also add equity to your home or increase the selling price by providing a lovely backyard. Check out these five ways to add value to your backyard.

Backyard

  1. Add landscaping.

Maintaining your yard by adding landscaping can be an easy and relatively cheap way to increase the value of your backyard. Adding flowers, plants, and some landscape timbers throughout your yard will increase the color and make your yard look more beautiful. If you’re not a green thumb, consider adding plants that can thrive well on their own, such as philodendrons. You also want to make sure your grass is regularly cut and that you remove any weeds or dead plants from your yard.

  1. Add a fence.

Fences can be a great way to increase the value of your home. Most people today are looking for privacy in their yard, and having a fence in your yard will eliminate a potential buyer from having to spend the money themselves to do so. Plus, fences keep strangers and wild animals from entering your yard, which can increase the security of your home, thus adding value. You can add a typical chain link fence, but know that adding a luxury fence to your yard will have a bigger payoff in the end.

  1. Provide a way to relax.

Most people spend time in their backyard to relax, and by adding a place to relax in your yard, you’ll increase the value. Add a patio to your yard, or spruce up an existing patio with comfortable patio furniture and other luxurious amenities, such as a bar, small pond, or a hammock. Be sure there is plenty of shade too, and you can even consider adding an outdoor television to the area as well.

  1. Add an outdoor kitchen.

If you truly want to increase the value of your yard, you should also consider adding an outside kitchen. Before you do this, though, you’ll want to be sure it makes sense for your home and your community. For example, if you live in a colder area that doesn’t experience much nice weather, spending a large sum of money on an outdoor kitchen that will barely be used is not a smart idea. Having an outdoor kitchen will be a great way for you and the family to spend more time outdoors as well as entertain friends and family, and it can also increase the price value of your home when it comes time to sell.

  1. Remove unsightly objects.

If you are looking to add value to your home because you want to sell, simply removing dated objects can help increase the value of your home. For example, if you have an old, broken shed or swing set in your yard, break it down and get rid of it. If you have leaves in your pool or if the water is green, clean it. You want your yard to be as appealing as possible to potential buyers, and removing unsightly objects can be the easiest way to boost the value of your backyard.