Are you looking to raise the value of your property? Not sure of what improvements to make in order to do so? Or maybe you just want a classy, state-of-the-art look for your property and are uncertain of what to do? Look no further! We at M.E. Contracting, a premier Toronto landscaping company specializing in custom landscape design, have some amazing tips for you on how to raise the value of your property through the implementation of our high-class landscape design & construction methods. Not only will they enhance the overall look and feel of your property, it will transform it into a stunning work of art!
M.E. Contracting has been in the business of landscaping for over 15 years. We are fully aware that projects that add curb appeal to a home can raise its value by as much as 20% – any real estate agent will tell you that one of the most important factors in selling your property is to ensure that it has ‘curb appeal’, which is basically what your property looks like when prospective buyers drive by your property. Landscaping, hardscaping, waterscaping, and any kind of home exteriors all influence the curb appeal of a property. As a reputed Toronto landscaping contractor, M.E. Contracting serves a discerning residential clientele and has successfully executed its unique vision of exclusive, high-end innovation on several projects in Toronto and neighboring areas. As specialists in hardscaping, which includes decking, woodworking, railings, interlocking, and pool building, M.E. Contracting is committed to providing excellent design and stunning, high-quality landscapes that satisfactorily fulfill your needs and wants.
Home improvements always raise the resale value of any property, but some home improvements can definitely elevate potential resale value more than others. It wouldn’t hurt to invest in a landscaping project not only so you and your family can utilize and enjoy it every day, but to hike your home’s overall value. A spacious deck, stunning pool, and shining new shades of paint can all make potential buyers take notice of your property. So, what kind of designs and constructions can radically alter and improve the resale value of your property most? M.E. Contracting has come up with a list of five useful techniques that will not only transform your outdoor space, but dramatically raise your property’s value as well.
The installation of an exterior landscape lighting system is a fantastic way to add curb appeal and beauty to your entrance areas, as well as creates a sense of safety for your family and visitors. A properly lit outdoor area can also create a pleasant and relaxing outdoor atmosphere while having get-togethers in the evenings, while acting as a deterrent to potential trespassers and thieves. We at M.E. Contracting recommend that you spend time on planning what part of your outdoors you would like to emphasize with lighting and decide what type of lighting would suit the project you have in mind. It could be your walkway, garden, or outdoor patio, or maybe even all three. Installing lighting features is generally an inexpensive endeavor and consumes little time and effort. Some good ideas could include stringing some decorative lighting along your patio or using a spotlight to highlight a specific area of your garden in order to deter intruders.
We wholeheartedly recommend that you consider outdoor lighting for your property. It is not only a popular feature that has been shown to return 50% return on investment towards the final resale value, it also has many other notable advantages. It is quite inexpensive, requires little time and effort to install, and makes your yard and walkway more easily navigable. Furthermore, it can deter potential thieves and trespassers, thereby enhancing the safety & security of your property. Also, if you have a beautiful garden, it will help you show if off when the sun goes down!
2.Patios and Decks
Confused about whether to build a patio or deck in your yard? Don’t know which one is right for your outdoor space? And most of all, have no clue the difference between the two in the first place?
Let us at M. E. Contracting define what a patio and deck are so that you understand them better. A patio is an outdoor space in a residence that is generally used for dining or recreation and is usually paved with stone slabs or concrete. It can also be produced using gravel, concrete, pavers, cobbles, pebbles, bricks, stone, tile, block paving, tiles, aluminum, alumawood, acrylic, rock, and glass. Most patios are built on a concrete slab or a sand and pebble base, at or around ground level, so no safety railings are required. A patio differs from a courtyard in that it doesn’t have to be surrounded by walls. It is, however, similar to a courtyard in that it is an open space that can be situated directly on the ground.
Decks, like patios, can be attached to a house or be freestanding, and are often built to take advantage of a view. Therefore, they can be of different levels and often need railings. Decks are mostly made of wood, composite wood material, or vinyl. Common woods used for decking are cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine. When designed well and taken care of properly, decks can provide comfort and beauty to your outdoor space.
Patios and decks have been known to offer a 30% to 70% return on investment to resale value. Remember that the climate of a location drastically affects the return on investment for a patio and deck. If you live in a warmer climate and spend more months outside, the higher the return on investment will be if your property includes a patio or deck. If you use more expensive materials such as stone and wood to construct your patio or deck, it will increase the return on investment on your property even more.
It is important to keep in mind that before you start on a patio or deck, you must check with local zoning laws. Some cities require an official approval from the planning commission, along with periodic inspections during the building process. This will eventually determine whether your project becomes a deck or a patio.
Whether you are looking for a decorative fence to make your personal yard look more glitzy and modern, some sort of separation from your neighbor’s property, or just a tangible demarcation between your swimming pool and the rest of your yard, fences play an important role by adding another living space and beautifying your yard, thereby adding increased value to your home. They also play a diverse role in landscaping by adding both aesthetic and functional ‘partition’ value to a property.
Many factors must be taken into consideration when building fences, including location, height, configuration, and detailing. As a flexible component of landscaping, fencing can involve a myriad of alignments, contours, shapes, and sizes, from lengthy sweeping curves to small enclosures. Fences can also be constructed in the form of a prominent, eye-popping design or made to be an almost inconspicuous and invisible design lost into the background of the landscape. These are tough decisions to make on your own, which is why M.E. Contracting has knowledgeable and experienced operatives to formulate and design an overall site plan that is attractive, functional, and can increase the value of your property.
Fences have many advantages – they are relatively inexpensive and convenient to install, but at the same time, yield a hearty return on investment. Not only that, they can clarify and thus eliminate property line disputes, provide functionality as well as aesthetics, and offer some degree of security by deterring prospective intruders and trespassers.
Choosing your fence material all comes down to design, and your budget plays a role in which fence material to use. Materials most popular with hardscaping include cedar, vinyl, metal and chain link.
All of the above might sound like a mighty daunting task, but you don’t have to sweat over it. Simply employ M.E. Contracting’s skills and expertise for your entire home’s fencing needs, and rest assured you will be fully satisfied with the results!
4.Outdoor Living Space
M.E. Contracting, with our immense knowledge and experience in landscaping, pride ourselves in our work ethic and work closely with our clients through every single stage of a project to ensure that their vision becomes reality. We recognize that your yard is an extension of your home, and we aspire to combine aesthetics and beauty with functional practicality when constructing your outdoor living space to make it distinctive and exclusive.
Outdoor living spaces on any property almost always depend upon the individual homeowner’s taste and budget, and can consist of a patio, a deck, an entire outdoor room, and outdoor kitchen with a refrigerator, and more. Outdoor living spaces often feature sufficient room to entertain guests, and prospective buyers who plan to do a lot of al fresco entertaining will love having an outdoor space for that purpose. A full-fledged outdoor kitchen can be a nice change of scene from regular dining and with the proper facilities, can have a whopping return on investment. Kitchens that include barbeques, fire pits, and refrigerators have been known to fetch a 100%-200% return on investment in many instances!
There are several benefits to outdoor living spaces. They make a tranquil sanctuary to which you can retire, cozy up with a loved one, play family games with the kids, enjoy some quiet time in the open air, fire up the barbeque, and come together with the family for a night of outdoor dining.
Water: its sound has the potential to naturally calm and relax us, because of which we are naturally drawn towards it. All great civilizations were practically built around it. The soothing sight and sound of water appeals to our senses and enriches our experience of the outdoors. Are you the kind of person that feels an intimate connection to water? Could water be an intimate aspect of your outdoor living in the future?
If yes, M.E. Contractors are the right choice for you! Not only are we genuinely passionate about waterscaping, we are experts at featuring water in your landscape on any scale, form, and design, whether it’s a pool, pond, waterfall, stream waterscape, or bubbling fountain. We even design and construct interior water features, if that is what you’re looking for.
However, the return on investment from water features in your outdoor space is not as high as for an outdoor kitchen or fire pit, but they are still quite popular because of their capacity to totally transform a dull & mediocre outdoor space into a soothing, serene space where you can relax. This automatically offers your property a desirable curb appeal and increases its resale value. Also, water features don’t require much effort to maintain, so if you’re thinking water, M.E. Contracting can design and create a striking pool, pond, or fountain as an addition to your outdoor space.
In the realm of hardscaping, it is important to remember that certain home improvements can definitely offer you more bang for your buck than others. Swimming pools are quite popular, and properties that include one are usually valued a lot more than those without one. That said, swimming pools can be heavily sought after and have become regular features in places of all climates, showing that a swimming pool can provide a definite increase in resale value.
So there you go! These are the 5 most useful tips that we at M.E. Contracting can offer on how to improve your home’s resale value. As experts in the field of landscaping, we have the knowledge and experience to successfully design and construct a wide array of visually stunning and ergonomic projects that suit your taste. We pride ourselves on creating top-notch, state-of-the-art, high quality work consistently and aspire to do indefinitely. We can go on and on about how competent and skilled we are at our work, but actions speak louder than words, so we would like to invite you into our exquisite 7,000 sq. ft. landscaping showroom, the only one of its kind in Ontario dedicated to landscaping & outdoor transformations. We offer a wide array of materials, designs, and finishes on display to create the perfect outdoor space for you and our showroom also includes an in-ground swimming pool with waterfalls, outdoor kitchens, and outdoor furniture for your perusal. M.E. Contracting is located at:
63 Alness St., #7
North York, ON
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