There are a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to making home upgrades—some are sure to increase the value of your home, others may optimize privacy for your property, and still others will likely provide your home with overall protection from things like extreme weather and vandalism. When deciding which upgrades to invest your time and money in, it's a good idea to focus on those that can provide you with multiple benefits to take advantage at once. Here are a few examples to consider implementing into your own upgrade plans:

Install Chain Link Fencing

Not only will a chain link fence add effective security to keep your home safe from vandalism and break-ins, it will also likely increase your property's value and it will certainly keep unwanted animals and trespassers from entering your space even if by accident. It happens to be one of the most cost effective and longer lasting fence options on the market too.

Chain link fencing provides a safe barrier for your own pets so they can freely enjoy the yard without the need for constant supervision. Nowadays, chain link fences come coated in a variety of colors and textures so you can personalize the look and feel of your perimeter. You can even have different colors of fencing installed around the perimeter so it changes with the landscape's coloring and textures.

Implement Solar Window Film

Another easy way to increase your home's value and provide it with some extra protection from the outdoor elements is to install solar insulation film on your windows. Using tinted film offers a sophisticated look and feel while repelling harmful UV rays so they don't infiltrate your windows and damage your flooring or furniture.

Solar window film will also help you regulate heat gain and loss throughout the year to keep wear and tear on your HVAC system to a minimum. This type of film is an easy do-it-yourself installation project, offering a sleek professional look once in place. They're also easy to take off if you want to move them to a new home or replace them with a newer version sometime in the future.

Plant a Few Trees in the Yard

When planted in front of windows and strategically around your perimeter, you can protect your home from onlookers and weather elements all year long. Large deciduous trees are a great option because they're full of leaves during summer months to naturally keep your home protected from the sun, and they lose their leaves in the winter so the sun can warm your home up. Trees can even increase your property value up to a whopping 20 percent over time. Some beautiful deciduous tree options you'll likely find at a local nursery include:

  • Crab Apple
  • Dogwood
  • Magnolia
  • Cherry
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Sycamore
  • Discovery Elm

When planting your trees, keep their mature size in mind and plant them far enough away from your home so that their branches will not fall on the roof if they break off in a storm or due to other conditions that are out of your control. For the best protection from sun, wind, and rain exposure, plant your trees to shade windows and porches that get direct sunlight during the day. It's also a good idea to plant a large tree near your exterior HVAC unit so the area air near the system stays nice and cool throughout the day.

These upgrades will provide you with comfort and protection now while improving your chances of getting top dollar if you end up deciding to put your home on the market sometime in the future.