Our yards are our personal oases, and summertime provides us with many long and lovely days to enjoy our outdoor spaces. In addition to increasing your enjoyment of your home and property, statistics say that investing in your landscaping also increases the overall value of your property. According to Home Guide’s article, “Does Landscaping Increase Your Property Value?” generally, a well-landscaped and well-cared-for property adds from 5.5% to 12.7% to its assessment, which can add up to from $24, 750 to $57,150 on an average home worth $450,000.
If you are thinking of ways you could potentially upgrade your yard, remember that there are an incredible number of options to you. You can upgrade your yard incrementally, bit by bit, or all at once. You can choose from additions as small but as impactful as a fire pit or a pond (which, as well as offering tranquility, can also help you attract some of the many different types of birds that call Calgary home), or go big with a complete landscaping overhaul include sod, tree and shrub installation.
All of these services can be provided by us at Mirage Landscaping. We have three generations worth of experience in the landscape construction industry, and it’s our job to not only help you beautify your surroundings, but also upgrade your yard to increase your overall property value. The best part is that you can allow us to take care of everything for you after the changes have been made through our regular landscape maintenance services.
- Light it Up!
A very easy way to improve the look of your property is just to add some light to accent what you already have. String light are great to wrap around trees and pergolas, mark the edges of decks and patios, and hang from eaves troughs to bring out the best features of homes. There are a ton of different ways to utilize outdoor lighting to make your property look better. We also suggest solar lighting to illuminate pathways and pretty lights for entranceways to make it easier and safer for guests to come and go.
- Put Out More Planters
Flowers are so appreciated by everyone in Calgary. Their burst of colour, beauty, and ability to attract the ever-important bee can almost seem miraculous after months of cold and dark weather. There are a number of great annuals that grow in the Calgary climate, and they look stunning when displayed in well-placed planters throughout properties. Planters also help keep maintenance and upkeep down as well. We can help you design some beautiful planters that will enhance your aesthetic sensibilities, plus we can provide tips and tricks for their care and upkeep.
- Upgrade your Patio
Adding a patio to your yard is one of our favourite projects, as we can picture the enjoyment it will bring. The look of a well-planned and well-executed patio space will never go out of style. You can create a large space designed with smaller gatherings areas, or build smaller spaces in different areas of the yard to serve different purposes. Patios can be made with brick, stone, cement, and numerous new and attractive materials that will withstand wear and tear and Calgary’s often-wild weather.
- Install a New Deck
A gorgeous wooden deck is where we all like to put our feet up and relax. Lumber choices these days are plentiful, and it’s likely more affordable than you think. Many people prefer the simplicity of a single platform deck, but if you’re looking to do something different, or if your property characteristics demand a unique approach, consider alternatives like multi-level and raised decks.
- Create More Storage With a Small Shed
If you’re in the mood to make your life in your yard easier and better, why not provide yourself with more storage space and additional shelter with the construction of a small shed. Not only will you have more places to put your stuff, they can help fill spaces that are not providing much opportunity for use at the moment.
- More Fun Yard Additions
Even more fun yard additions include gazebos, jungle gyms, putting greens, outdoor kitchens, and anything you can really imagine.
When You Upgrade Your Yard Be Sure to Inform Your Insurance Provider
When you upgrade your yard, don’t forget you should always inform your home insurance company of any changes to your property, including a new patio, deck, fence, landscaping, landscape construction, even just a new shed. This will ensure that if it is ever damaged, vandalized, burgled, or something happens that requires an insurance claim to be filed, it can be properly dealt with quickly and easily. Take pictures of the work you have done, and keep the receipts for the costs of materials, construction and installation for your own files, and to submit to your insurance provider.
Contact Mirage Landscaping of Calgary
With three generations of designing and landscaping beautiful backyards in Calgary, we have experience building just about any addition imaginable. Have a look at our portfolio and contact us for a free quote on any outdoor project.