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3 Neighbor-Approved Home Improvements

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Published on July 23rd, 2019

There are a variety of good reasons to consider improving your home. Whatever your reasons, from improving the look of the neighborhood to increase the overall safety in the neighborhood, these three home improvements projects will make everyone living in the community happy.

1. Home Security

Is your neighborhood safe? Whether or not you feel the safety of your community is an issue, your household and your neighbors can both benefit from a home security camera system, even if security is not your initial concern.

Adding a home security system can give you added peace of mind. Not only can today’s modern home security systems help you keep an eye on your property and keep would-be criminals at bay, but these systems can also connect to your favorite devices, allowing you to check in wherever you are, whether it is at work or on vacation.

With capabilities such as crisp footage recording, two-way audio and motion detection, a modern home security camera system is a home improvement that the entire neighborhood can come to appreciate.

2. Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

A little curb appeal can go a long way. This is especially true when it comes time to sell your home.

But did you know that curb appeal can even increase or decrease an entire neighborhood’s overall value? According to research from The Appraisal Institute, unkempt neighborhoods can reduce a home’s value by up to 10 percent.

Factors like overgrown and unmaintained lawns, dangerous trees or tree limbs and poorly maintained exteriors are all reasons why the overall value of a community may decrease.

In most cases, these minor improvements are an easy fix. You can do your part to be a good neighbor by keeping your yard and everything in it maintained, safe and clean.

In addition to regular upkeep, boost your curb appeal even more and make your front yard welcoming by planting colorful flowers in the flowerbeds, installing new address numbers or adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door.

3. Landscaping

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Searching for a home improvement that will not only make your front yard look great, but increase the value of your property, too? Look no further than landscaping.

Before you get started, consider that some landscaping projects will return more than others. And some landscaping changes can actually lessen the value of your property.

Trees, for example, can either add value or cause damage. Mature trees add 10 percent to your home’s overall value, according to data from the USDA Forest Service. However, when trees are planted too close to the home, their roots can extend underground and potentially cause foundation issues.

Large trees roots are also known to damage and even break through tough concrete patios and walkways like community sidewalks.

Before adding any trees to your property, do a little research to find out what tree varieties grow well in your region and which species might be best for your property and community. Your neighbors will appreciate it and you will also be glad you put in the forethought.

Home improvements don’t just end at the property line. Improvements like added curb appeal, fresh landscaping and even home security installation can benefit the entire neighborhood. Get started with these savvy home improvements everyone in the neighborhood will love today.