10 outdoor ideas for boosting the value of your home

  • Build an outdoor fire pit

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    While curb appeal is an important factor in selling a home, not every homeowner undertaking a landscaping project is working to help their home sell immediately. Tackling projects that you'll enjoy today and help you get more use out of your outdoor spaces could still be the right decision, assuming they don't break the bank.

    For example, NALP estimates that adding a fire pit could cost $4,500, while NAR estimates the project might only recover $3,500. However, that 78 percent ROI could still feel pretty good if you're also getting a lot of use and enjoyment out of a fire pit while you still own the house.

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