Langley’s Jackson Molnar has been working with Narrow Gate Development for a few months, and one of his latest projects is construction of a post-and-beam deck replacement and addition on a Langley City home overlooking the Nicomekl Flood Plain. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

Outdoor improvements boost Langley home value

There may be no intention to sell right now, but upgrades can impact resale

Whether home improvement projects are designed to improve the interior or exterior of a house, focusing on renovations that make the most financial sense can benefit homeowners in the long run.

The right renovations can be assets if and when homeowners decide to sell their homes.

So how does one get started?

First and foremost, speak to a local real estate agent who is knowledgeable about trends in the community.

While a swimming pool may be something coveted in one area, it may impede sales in another.

It also helps to study generalized trends and data from various home improvement industry analysts to guide upcoming projects.

The following outdoor projects are just a few renovations that tend to add value.

Fire pit: A fire pit is a great place to gather most months of the year. Bob Vila and CBS news report that a fire pit realizes a 78 per cent return on investment (ROI).

Outdoor kitchen: Many buyers are looking to utilize their yards as an extension of interior living areas.

Cooking, dining and even watching TV outdoors is increasingly popular.

Outdoor living areas can be custom designed and built.

In addition, prefabricated modular units that require a much smaller commitment of time and money are available.

Patio: Homeowners who do not already have a patio will find that adding one can increase a home’s value.

Patios help a home look neat, add useable space, and may help a home to sell quickly.

Some in the industry say that refinishing, repairing, and building a new patio offers strong ROI.

Deck: Deck can be as valuable as patios.

A deck is another outdoor space that can be used for entertaining, dining, and more.

Remodeling magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report indicates that an $11,000 deck can add about $9,000 in resale value to the home, recouping around 82 per cent of the project’s costs.

Door update: Improve curb appeal with a new, high-end front door and garage doors.

If that’s too expensive, a good cleaning and new coat of paint can make an old door look brand new.

These easy fixes can improve a home’s look instantly.

New landscaping: The National Association of Realtors says an outdoor makeover that includes well-thought out landscaping can net 105-per-cent ROI.

Installing a walkway, adding stone planters, mulching, and planting shrubs are ideas to consider.

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