Install a Patio
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Patios are a great cost-effective way to increase your home’s living space without actually adding on. Plus you’ll recover 30% to 60% of your investment. A $2,000 patio would return around $900 at resale.
But don’t go crazy and trick out your patio with high-end amenities, like an outdoor kitchen — especially if you’d be the only one on the block with one. When it’s time to sell, you won’t get back much — if any — of your investment on kitchens and other high-end amenities. Instead, keep it simple and functional. (And, really, how often would you use an outdoor kitchen?)
Some wise advice when planning a patio:
- Check property for slope, sun, and shade patterns.
- Remember ‘dig alerts’ that utilities provide free of charge.
- Don’t skimp on patio lighting. It can make all the difference in functionality and beautification.
Related: How to Plan a Patio for Your Home
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