4 Super-Easy Curb Appeal Projects to Max Out Your Home’s Value You know your yard has some super curb appeal potential, but where to begin? Below are four projects with so much curb-appeal juice, any money you invest in them is likely to pay you back much more. #1 Add or Replace a Few Design Basics Every few years, you overhaul your closet, replacing your worn-out basics with a few new pieces to ramp up your wardrobe. Why not do the same with your yard? Give it a basic makeover so it has some good, classic, value-boosting “bones” to build upon. Landscape design basics like: A winding flagstone walkway A couple of stone planters (6 feet by 2 feet) A few flowering shrubs A deciduous tree about 15 feet tall Quality mulch Why you can’t go wrong: The median cost for this makeover is $4,750. But the recoup (how much more your house would sell for after doing this project) is $5,000! Pretty sweet, right? #2 Add Color and Texture in the Right Places Experts call it “softscaping.” But basically, it’s adding plants in a designed, intentional way that makes your yard interesting to look at year-round. It’s a great project if your yard is already in pretty good shape with some basic design elements mentioned above. A typical softscaping project includes: Five trees 25 shrubs 60 perennials Natural edging Boulder accents Why you can’t go wrong: You’ll invest about $7,000, but you could recoup every cent in home value, according to the Report. Plus, here’s what the report doesn’t include: You’ll get super energy savings. Who doesn’t love lower utility bills? Just three trees in the right location can save up to $250 a year in heating and cooling costs, says the source for energy-saving stats: the U.S. Department of Energy. #3 Build a Deck or Patio if You Don’t Have One If you’re spending sunny days admiring the great outdoors from indoors, it’s time for a change to get you outside… like finally building that deck or patio you’ve been dreaming of. Why you can’t go wrong: A patio costs about $6,400 and recoups 102%. A wood deck will cost $9,450 with a slightly higher recoup of 106%. Plus, how can you put a price on all those evening cookouts and Sunday brunches al fresco? #4 Heap Loads of Love on Your Lawn Yep, you read that right. Especially if you know you’re going to sell in the next year or so. It’s the easiest project to do — and it has a whopping ROI of 303%! Lawn maintenance is simple: Fertilize Aerate Weed Rake Why you can’t go wrong: It’s the cheapest project to do with an annual cost of only $330. Every year, you’ll reap the benefits of a lush, barefoot-friendly lawn. (But note that unlike the other landscaping features listed in this article — deck, patio, hardscaping, trees, etc. — you’ll only get that fabulous 303% ROI on your maintenance costs for the year right before you sell. That’s because lawn maintenance has to be repeated annually, unlike the other projects).