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

patio concrete planters lightingTie: Landscape upgrade and lighting installation

Joy Score: 9.6

In spite of only making back about 83% of their investment on a landscape upgrade, consumers reported being more satisfied with such a project than with regular landscape maintenance. Eighty-five percent said they had a greater desire to be home, and 78% said they’re happier at home following a big landscape project.

There are likely some personal reasons for that: 28% of consumers said their top reason for an overhaul was that they just moved in and wanted to create a more personalized space.

Still, Realtors recognize the value in updating a home’s landscaping. The report found 27% have recommended their sellers complete an upgrade before selling the home, and 11% said it successfully closed a deal for them.

Realtors were less confident about lighting projects. Only 1% said a lighting installation recently sealed the deal for them, although 11% have recommended it to a seller. Realtors estimate that homeowners make back just half of their investment in a lighting project.

Clients still see the value in lighting, though. Seventy-three percent said they had a greater desire to be home following a new lighting installation, and 60% said they enjoyed their time at home more.

Danielle Andrus

Editor, Colorado Builder Magazine

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