What outdoor upgrades add the most value to your home? Here are 5 outdoor upgrades that really pay off.

1. Build a DIY Fire Pit

Not only are fire pits great for outdoor gatherings with family and friends, but they add more value to your home. Homes that come with outdoor entertaining options is a big bonus for potential buyers. For step-by-step instructions on how to build a backyard fire pit, click here.

Outdoor Fire Pit Photo Credit: Tomi Tapio K (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Tomi Tapio K (Flickr).

2. Add a Deck to Your Home

Enhance your home’s appearance with this awesome outdoor addition. Adding a deck to your home adds value while allowing you to enjoy year-round grilling. In fact, having a deck or patio is one of the most requested features from potential home buyers.

Deck Photo Credit: Brent Eckley (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Brent Eckley (Flickr).

3. Install Outdoor Lighting

Spruce up your outdoor space with lighting fixtures. From security motion sensors to trendy string lights, there’s a variety of options for adding outdoor lighting to your home. Not to mention, outdoor lighting makes your home more¬†appealing and safer.

4. Make Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds are at the top of the list when it comes to affordable outdoor projects that increase home value. In addition to boosting value, you may even pick up a new hobby with this outdoor upgrade. For instructions on how to build a raised garden bed in your backyard, click here.

Raised Garden Gardening Photo Credit: SupportPDX (Flickr).

Photo Credit: SupportPDX (Flickr).

5. Hang a Porch Swing

Get ready to kick your feet up and relax with this outdoor project. Adding a wooden swing to your front porch increases both your home’s value and appeal. Be sure to decorate your front porch swing with outdoor pillows, blankets, and even a rug for underneath.

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From outdoor fire pits to cozy porch swings, there’s a number of ways to make your home more valuable.