Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, it’s a great time to invest in improving your deck or adding a deck to your home to boost your quality of life and make your property more attractive to buyers. As HomeLight notes in their Top Agent Insights for New Year 2022 report, curb appeal is essential to making your home appeal to buyers. 

Investing approximately $3,467 in improving your home’s curb appeal prior to listing can result in $11,718 in resale value for a 238% ROI. Since you’re improving the exterior of your home, adding a deck is a great idea because it enables you to enjoy the space. Considering that point, here are a few deck design trends to look for in 2022.

Choosing The Right Stain For Your Deck

Staying up to date with changes in home design may seem daunting, however it’s really just a matter of knowing the right type of stain for your property. Transparent stain seals and protects your deck without changing the color of your wood. Semi-transparent stain on the other hand adds a hint of color that can compliment the color of your home, while still showing the natural grain.

For homeowners with aged decks, solid-color sealant and restoration paint can be helpful in improving the look of property. Solid-color sealant has more pigment than the previously managed stain and completely colors the wood grain which can make the deck look more vibrant and like-new. Restorative paint is just like solid-color sealant but with a thicker texture. 

Regardless of the type of stain you use for your property, taking care of your deck can significantly boost the value of your home.

Compliment Your Deck With These Touches

Having a great deck is just one component of making the most of your property. You can enhance the setting by installing a fire pit which can be installed for as little as $100. The reason fire pits are a significant boost to properties is because sitting around a fire with family and/or friends is a unique experience that is difficult to recreate elsewhere.

You can also enhance your deck by investing in patio lighting for added ambience. This is a great project to take on yourself because string lights are highly affordable and there’s a variety of light styles for you to choose from. 

Finally, you’ll also want to invest in low-maintenance plants to make your exterior look great. A simple strategy is to create a layered aesthetic by planting clusters of the same plant together so things don’t look very haphazard. Some examples of plants that don’t require much maintenance include the Virginia sweetspire, Oakleaf hydrangea, Summersweet clethra, Catmint, and Beautyberry. 

While hiring a professional landscaper can help you identify the best shrubs for your property, you can also get similar insights by reading a landscaping book, or even by consulting a real estate agent since they’re generally well aware of local trends and have a handle on what buyers are mainly looking for. 

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