"#1 New Landscaping Basics

A few basics include

  • A winding flagstone walkway

  • A couple of stone planters (6 feet by 2 feet)

  • A few flowering shrubs 

  • A deciduous tree about 15 feet tall

  • Quality mulch

The median cost for this makeover is $5,000. 

#2 Take Care of Your Trees

Trees definitely hurt resale value. And if you remove dead trees and take care of your healthy trees, you won’t be throwing money away.

The typical cost to pay a pro to remove a dead tree and take care of the healthy ones with fertilizing, pruning and trimming is $2,000. And if you sell, you can expect 100% return on your investment in most cases, according to the RIR report.

Why you can’t go wrong: Just three trees in the right location can save up to $250 a year in heating and cooling costs, says the source for energy-saving stats: the U.S. Department of Energy.

#3 Build a Deck If You Don’t Have One

If you’re spending sunny days admiring the great outdoors from indoors, it’s time for a change to get you outside… like finally building that deck you’ve been dreaming of.

Why you can’t go wrong: A new deck costs about $10,000 and recoups 80% at resale. Plus, how can you put a price on all those evening cookouts and Sunday brunches al fresco?

#4 Heap Loads of Love on Your Lawn

Yep, you read that right. Especially if you know you’re going to sell in the next year or so. 

It’s the easiest project to do — and it has a whopping ROI of 267%!

  • Fertilize

  • Aerate 

  • Weed

  • Rake 

Why you can’t go wrong: It’s the cheapest project to do with an annual cost of only $375. Every year, you’ll reap the benefits of a lush, barefoot-friendly lawn

(But note that unlike the other landscaping features listed in this article — deck, patio, hardscaping, trees, etc. — you’ll only get that fabulous 267% ROI on your maintenance costs for the year right before you sell. That’s because lawn maintenance has to be repeated annually, unlike the other projects)."

this article is from HouseLogic