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Advice for Planning a Successful Backyard Renovation

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Tired of looking out your back window at a plot of land with patches of grass, aged trees, and weeds for miles? Would you prefer to turn it into a play area for your children, an entertainment space, or a relaxing oasis you can retreat to for peace and tranquility? Whatever your visions are for your backyard, in order to bring them to fruition, you must first create an effective plan.

Decide on a Budget

Whether you plan on doing the work yourself or hiring a landscaper, this renovation is going to cost money. Before you get started, decide how much you can reasonably afford to spend on your yard. Don’t be worried if you don’t have a large budget to work with as there are plenty of backyard design ideas you can create without breaking the bank.

Gather Your Ideas

Now that you know what you can spend on a backyard renovation, you can begin thinking about your vision. Take a look at your yard and start drawing or writing down ideas you have for the space. Maybe you’d like to have a small vegetable garden at the back fence with a little seating area for you to sip wine or tea and enjoy the view. Perhaps you’re interested in an enclosed deck that can be used year-round with an outdoor kitchen to match. If you can’t come up with any on your own, you can always look to blogs and social media platforms for inspiration.

Hire a Landscaper

You know what you can afford and you have a list of ideas you’d like to incorporate into your backyard design. Unless you plan on doing most of the work yourself, now would be a good time to look for a landscaper with experience in landscaping design. As you review potential candidates be sure to review their portfolios and talk with previous customers to get a real feel for what your experience will be like if you hired them. Also, interview with at least three landscapers to make sure you’re getting the best services for your money.

Get More Specific with Details

After reviewing your backyard, your budget, and your list of ideas a landscaper can help you get more specific and realistic about your vision. They can ensure that they get all or most of what you’d like to capture within a budget you can afford, without jeopardizing your health or safety. Once you’ve come up with a blueprint, you can begin getting even more specific by choosing materials, colors, plants, flowers, and features.

Prepare for the Renovation

You want your home to be prepared for the renovation. You should clear all lawn furniture and equipment from the yard so that it doesn’t get damaged or discarded during demolition. To cut down on the cost of a renovation you may want to do some of the demos yourself. Knocking down old piles of bricks, collecting branches and logs, breaking up old concrete, and other steps to reduce the time landscapers and their crew has to spend on the yard.

If you do decide to do your own demo, be careful not to damage any pipes or wires you may see while digging. This could cause a serious issue and incur a high cost for you. If you’re not sure it should be removed, your best bet is to leave it to the professionals.

Don’t Forget Pest Control

Here’s one thing that homeowners forget to prepare for when it comes to renovations – pests. The reality is that as the landscapers are working outside where insects and other pests reside. Meaning, when their house is destroyed or disrupted, they’ll immediately begin scattering looking for somewhere else to go. Chances are this will be your home. To avoid having uninvited guests in the home visit sites like to look for pest control services near you. An exterminator can come out after the landscaping job is completed to spray the perimeter of your property to deter pests from entering.

Your backyard is an extension of your home that can be used for anything from family fun to rest and relaxation. If you’re tired of looking at the same old boring space, contact a landscaper and give your yard a makeover of a lifetime. Seeing the end results will make you happy that you did.

Jim Morris loves to travel and visit a lot of architecture sites worldwide. He shares lots of information and is always looking forward to the next article on interior design, architecture and landscaping.

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