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Does your yard need some love? Maybe you want to make more use of it year-round, or add a few new features to transform it into something more functional or stylish, or perhaps entertain more? Whatever your goal, we’ve got some great tips for homeowners to upgrade your outdoor space. Not only will you gain more enjoyment, but you’ll increase your home’s value and impress potential buyers when it comes time to sell. To inspire you, these are a couple of our favourite upgrade ideas to get you started on your yard makeover when the time comes:

1. Improve your privacy

Tired of peering into your neighbour’s windows or having them watch your every move? Having some privacy can really improve your outdoor experience, and the bonus is that these options look great and offer much-needed shade too:
– Install a fence
– the neighbours might even share the cost with you
– Plant small to medium-sized trees and flowering shrubs in layers throughout the yard
– Plant a hedge – just be sure it’s something you can maintain – Use big, bold containers for large plants
– Add lattice – instead of a full fence, you could install panels and add climbing vines – Put up outdoor curtains

2. Have a space for entertaining

This is where things can get really exciting! Depending on your space and your budget, there are endless opportunities! You can add a gorgeous outdoor room complete with TV, plush furniture, outdoor kitchen, dining area, wet bar, hot tub and more! If that’s not your style but you still love to entertain, start by installing a low deck or patio stones, an outdoor rug, table, chairs, and some lighting, then jazz it up with your own style and flair.

3. Amp up the fun

There are so many fun ways to get fresh air and exercise in your own yard while having a blast. Install a swing or climbing set, horseshoe pits, volleyball or badminton nets, an obstacle course, a slackline, sprinkler, sandbox and so on. Make it a space where kids and adults of all ages want to play (but be sure you have great storage for all the toys and accessories). A swimming pool is also a great option and offers tons of enjoyment, just make sure you understand the pros and cons of inground pools before ‘jumping in’.

4. Heat things up

Sitting around a bonfire is a year-round joy – so go ahead and make a bonfire pit a permanent addition to your yard (don’t forget the permit!). You can also consider a natural gas fire pit or even add outdoor space heaters to get those extra few months of fresh air in while you enjoy your amazing yard.

5. Make it your oasis

We could all use a little more nature in our lives, and your own yard is a great place to start. You don’t need a high-maintenance garden to achieve a Zen-like feel – just include lots of lush, easy-to-care-for perennials, and calming touches such as a water feature, living wall, bird feeder, hammock, and sparkle lights. If you want to mow less (don’t we all?), increase your gardens and add more landscaping features such as rocks, stone paths, gravel, shrubs and mulch. Greening up our space not only looks and feels good, but it’s also a great way to be eco-friendly!

It’s important to love your home, both inside and out. You can transform your yard into a space that’s not only gorgeous, but enjoyable year-round! Here at Clairwood Real Estate, our Realtors® take pride in really understanding the needs of our buyers and sellers in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountains, Meaford and the Georgian Triangle. Connect with our team today at 705-445-7085 to get started on finding your next oasis.