But don’t run to Home Depot just yet.
Whether you’re looking to spruce up your abode for personal satisfaction—or to up your home’s value for selling—we tapped two renovation experts to weigh in on just how worth it six common springtime improvement projects are, given their typically hefty price tags.
As it turns out, many of them aren’t worth the investment or headache—and in some cases, you can get the same effect by shelling out a lot less with these alternative renovation hacks.
Project #1: Landscaping
Seeing buds on the trees is inspiring—who wouldn’t want a green lawn coated with fresh blossoms?
But if you’re thinking less rosebush-by-the-fence and more front-lawn-turned-botanical-garden, your wallet can take a real hit.
“Individual plants, at $5 to $15 each, can really add up if you want to line a walkway or the front of a house,” says Harrison Wilson, co-owner of L&H Construction, which serves the greater Boston area. “Add in bark mulch and some shrubs, and you can easily spend $500 to $1,000 just on nice flower beds in your front yard.”
On top of that, “a higher-priced home might necessitate professional landscapers,” says Jerry Grodesky, managing broker at Farm and Lake Houses Real Estate in Loda, Ill. “Depending on the area’s size, that could easily start at $20,000.”
How to Get More Bang for Your Reno Buck Your home’s curb appeal isn’t necessarily a less-than-worth-it reno—just keep the big picture in mind when deciding which lawn-care moves to invest in.
“If you’re planning on selling your house, don’t waste money on things that don’t affect the property immediately—like fertilizing, planting seeds, aerating the lawn, or insect control,” Wilson says, adding that you may want to put that money toward, say, planting tulip bulbs to greet would-be buyers.
But if a move isn’t imminent, Wilson says, “don’t buy all established plants that will add up in cost, and try planting seeds for a fraction of the price.” With a little patience, you’ll eventually have that dream garden.
And don’t forget that a little bit of lawn maintenance goes a long way.
“Mowing; weeding; edging along gardens, walkways and the driveway; raking leaves; and trimming the hedges can make a huge difference,” Wilson says. “Add in a few inexpensive flowers for a little color, and you’ll have a transformed yard.”
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