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Home Landscaping Guide to Maximize Outdoor Enjoyment Year Round

Home Landscaping Improvements to Boost Owner SatisfactionHaving a beautiful and functional front and back yard is a wonderful way to boost homeowner satisfaction and allow the spaces to be utilized year round. It also may help sell a home faster and for more money. Here is a short guide to choosing the right improvements to meet your family's needs.

Think Small Additions With Major Impact

Lawn ornamentation does not necessarily have to be expensive or large to complement landscaping, as sometimes small additions can completely transform the comfort and beauty of outdoor spaces in a Buffalo new home. Consider getting a bit splashy with a water feature such a fountain or small water pond, or make affordable and functional additions such as lighting along walkways and within landscaping beds.

Boost Privacy With ‘Fencing' Options

While a wood fence will offer the most privacy, today's modern homeowners and those with spacious distances between neighboring houses are opting for a new type of ‘fence'—natural barriers. By far, the best natural barriers are none other than tall, hearty trees that not only provide privacy but a good deal of protection from elements such as wind. Popular choices for barrier trees in Canada include:

  • Hybrid...

Energy-Efficient Upgrades With a High ROI

Efficient Home Improvements to Increase Resale ValueMost homeowners want a home that uses as little energy as possible. They would also like to make periodic improvements that provide them with the best return on their investment. Fortunately, many upgrades to decrease energy consumption can also be an effective choice that increases comfort and overall home value. There are several options homeowners could consider in a variety of price ranges, such as insulation, lighting, windows, and appliances. With these tips, people can make a selection that fits their home and their financial plans.


The average Canadian home spends well over $2,000 on energy consumption per year. Since effective heating and cooling is such an important part of home life, that tends to claim the largest share of a home's energy usage. Increasing the insulation in the home's exterior could make heating and cooling more effective. Many older homes lack the insulation needed to keep heat from transferring between walls. In most cases, homeowners do not need to remove existing insulation to make their homes meet current standards. They may be able to add a variety of insulation types to their homes, in the form of:

  • batts
  • loose fill
  • spray foam

Price can vary based on the amount of insulation needed and the material used. When compared to other options, insulation tends to be a smaller investment ranging from several hundred to a few thousand dollars.