Creating a Better Backyard

When it comes to taking care of your home, one of the easiest places to forget is your backyard. Whether you're looking to sell your home or stay put, how you take care of your home's property is a big reflection on how well you have taken care of the house as a whole. Your quality of living can skyrocket by spending a little time making your backyard more enjoyable; it can be a space to host guests, be active or spend some time relaxing.

Taking care of your backyard can greatly impact the appraisal value of your home. Even if you're working with a limited budget, there are a number of ways you can improve your backyard to create a more enjoyable space accommodating a variety of activities. Here are a few popular upgrades.


Any plant life installed into your backyard needs regular upkeep, but you might also think about installing space dedicated solely to cultivating a garden. Whether for flowers, vegetables or a mix, a small garden space will add personality and charm to your backyard. And it will also provide you with a regular activity that will get you outside and active throughout the year.

Building or Improving a Deck

If your home already has a deck in the backyard, you may only be interested in updating it with a fresh stain. But if you don't have a deck, or if your current deck isn't right for how you want to use it, you can install a new deck that's as large or as small as you'd like. Consider adding a screened-in deck to make the space more useful in the spring and summer months. A large deck space can be great for eating outside and hosting events in your backyard.

Swing Sets and Other Outdoor Play Sets

If you have kids, you probably understand the role your backyard plays in keeping them happy. It's easier to keep an eye on children when they're playing in the comfort and safety of your backyard, so why not offer some incentive to stay there? A swing set can be a great, inexpensive fixture that kids will enjoy for years on end. You can also consider other play sets that offer a variety of fun features to keep kids entertained and active.

Patio furniture

Of course, any deck or patio needs to be complimented by acceptable outdoor seating. But you can think outside the traditional mold of tables and chairs. Consider outfitting your patio or deck with picnic tables or installing larger features like a gazebo or trellis.

Installing a Fire Pit

When it comes to making upgrades on the cheap, a fire pit is one of the most practical installations. Fire pits are low-cost and easily implemented on your own, and they can be used even in the fall and spring seasons as guests huddle around the warmth of the fire. Just make sure the fires are set up with a fire guard around them to keep the flames from spreading onto your lawn.

While there's a risk in overcrowding your backyard space with too many upgrades, a few deliberately chosen features can breathe new life into the space. Your children, their friends and your adult guests will all enjoy a backyard that has several amenities to offer regardless of interest. And it may even motivate you to start hosting more get-togethers and serving as one of the social hubs of your neighborhood.

Holly is an Indianapolis native who works with her dad to flip houses. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and blogging on behalf of Sears and other great brands she loves.