11 outdoor projects to thrill homeowners

A joint survey by NALP and NAR identifies the projects that consumers are happiest with, and the ones that are most likely to help them sell their homes

lawn care maintenanceStandard lawn care service

Joy Score: 9

Standard lawn care, including fertilizer and weed management, was the least expensive landscaping service, according to the report, but provided a huge return for homeowners. NALP respondents estimated that providing lawn care on a 2,835 square-foot lawn, including six applications of fertilizer and weed control, cost an average $375. Realtors who responded said that homeowners recovered an estimated $2,000 on their investment.

Realtors were comfortable recommending lawn care services to clients who are trying to sell their homes; 55% of Realtors said they suggest sellers hire a professional before trying to sell their home, and 7% said it helped close a deal.

Beyond the financial incentives, homeowners reported being very satisfied with lawn care services. Sixty-eight percent of homeowners said they had a greater desire to be home when their lawns were well cared for, and 49% said they enjoy their time at home more.

[Related: 3 factors for stress-free summer lawns]

Danielle Andrus

Editor, Colorado Builder Magazine

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