Improving the outside of your house has many benefits. Besides making your home look good, it can also add value to your home. Making the wrong changes can have the opposite effect, so it is important that you consider this before doing anything. Here are a few questions to think about before starting any work on your home.
Will the improvements you are considering potentially bring down the value of your home? While many changes can help make your home worth more, there are others that can shave money off of the value. Being creative is a great idea, but only make changes that are practical and can be enjoyed by many. Something that is too unique can only hurt you if you ever want to sell your home.
Cookie cutter houses are not the ideal for everyone, so it may be very tempting to work on making your house stand out. Doing something like adding a water feature to your yard can help differentiate you from the neighbors. While the goal is to be different, do not go so far out of the box that it makes your house stand out for the wrong reasons.
There are many communities that do not allow the residents to make changes to their homes unless their is prior approval. Make sure that there are no such rules in your community or find out what type of process you need to go through to get the approval you need. You do not want to do a lot of work only to find out that it is not allowed and you have to put things back to how they were.
Think of the climate you live in before making any changes. This may seem like a given, but many people fail to do this. If you live in a climate that has harsh winters, installing a pool is definitely not a great idea. This will be very costly and you will only get to use it for a few months a year. Bushes and plants that can survive all weather conditions are ideal for these areas too.
Do not make huge changes to your yard that need a lot of maintenance if you do not have the time to invest. Many people plant huge gardens and add pools, but they do not have the time to keep up with them. If you insist on having a garden even though you have limited time, select plants that do not have to be tended to very often. Only install a pool if you have the time to keep it clean or the money to hire someone else to do it.
If the home improvement project you have in mind fulfills all of the requirements mentioned above, you should get started right away and have fun. If not, you should consider a different project. Keep in mind that while it is your home and you have the right to change things, this is the outside and everyone has to see it.