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How to Save Money on Yard Renovation

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Are you renovating your yard and wondering how to save money on yard renovations or how to implement the change as cost-effectively as possible?

That is a good and sensible question because a budget must be set aside for a yard project, just like for building a house.

For example, if the yard is commissioned from start to finish, the entire yard construction budget should be set at tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your plot. On the other hand, the hillside plot and a long wish list quickly increase the required budget much higher.

However, there are ways you can save on yard construction costs.


Ideas to Save Money on Your Yard Renovation Project

Journalist Perttu Pitkänen interviewed my colleagues in the green sector and me on how to save thousands in yard renovation. 

The list included the following points:

  1. Plan well before starting
  2. Use large machines prudently
  3. Move as little soil as possible to or from the site
  4. Save by planting - hard landscaping is much more expensive
  5. Restore and recycle what you already have
  6. The effect of material choices on foundation building costs
  7. Increasing biodiversity - have a more natural garden

 The article was published in Ilta-Sanomat's Financial Section on May 27th, 2021.


What would you want to change in your yard?

In the old yard, you rarely need to change everything. So then, it's worth thinking about what would be the one thing that would make your yard enjoyable again.

By focusing on that, you can create amazing improvements in your yard. Use the help of a professional garden designer to get it right from the start before shoveling.


Keep that 'one thing' as your starting point and list the things you would like to change and what you want to add. With a detailed wish list, you are one step closer to a cost-effective implementation.





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