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Thinking about your next big home project? According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), homeowners looking for enhanced enjoyment of their home – and those planning for resale – should think outside the box of the home and explore outdoor lawn and landscape enhancements.
The associations’ 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features takes a deep dive into 14 outdoor residential projects exploring why property owners complete such enhancements, the value - both financial and emotional - these remodels bring, and the increased happiness the finished projects bring homeowners.
Some of the key take-aways?
“Realtors® understand that a home’s first impression is its curb appeal, so when it comes time to sell, a well-manicured yard can be just as important as any indoor remodel,” said NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall. “Even homeowners with no immediate plans to sell can gain more enjoyment and satisfaction from their home by taking on a project to revive their outdoor spaces.”
The report validates that landscaping is an investment worth making, offering the immediate benefits of increased enjoyment of your property, as well as desirable long-term value that holds if or when it comes time to sell. From lawn and tree care to installing a new fire or water feature or landscape lighting, there’s no shortage of opportunities to enhance your landscape and to reap the benefits these upgrades provide.
See the full report, which also includes projects for commercial properties, here.
To begin your consideration of how to make the most of your outdoor living space, talk with a landscape professional about bringing your dreams to life.