Want to add value to your home?

According to the 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features, from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), your next project should actually be outside the home. This may come as good or bad news to many depending on preference, yet the financial value alone may be enough to sway your spouse to get out in the sunshine and make some improvements.

Not only will various improvements such as lawn maintenance, landscape upgrades, and new wood decks improve the resale value for less up front costs should you go to sell (seeding lawn recovering 417 % of the project cost at resale, standard lawn care program 303 % of cost recovered, and updating landscaping with sod lawn 143 % cost recovered), homeowners will benefit emotionally from the added livability and features according to the report. Homeowners who completed a pool project overwhelmingly agreed they have a greater desire to be at home (95%) as well as enjoy their home more (80%).

Pool improvements are not the only things that can be enjoyable for current homeowners and potential sellers. Curb appeal is extremely important in first impressions, for both you AND potential buyers.

Try refreshing an old flower bed or re-doing a weathered walkway for a great feeling every time you come home. How about trimming that overwhelming tree and bush growth, or replacing dead or dying plants in the front yard? These are all relatively inexpensive small projects that can make a world of a difference.

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