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

hardscape patio Tie: Statement landscape and new patio

Joy Score: 9.7

As the projects get bigger, consumers reported being more satisfied, but Realtors said those projects don’t always pay off.

Just 13% of Realtors have recommended that sellers add a “statement landscape” feature, which the survey described as any unique outdoor feature, like a serenity garden, an area to do yoga or a bocce ball court. Only 3% of Realtors said such a feature helped them close a sale.

[Related: Great, wide, open: Bringing the great outdoors to homeowners’ doorsteps]

Those statement features may turn away potential buyers who want their homes to reflect their own personalities, as 16% of consumers who recently added a statement landscape feature said they did so because they just moved in and wanted to customize their space to their tastes.

Realtors were also doubtful about the value of a new patio. Only 4% said they’ve recommended a seller add a new patio, and 2% said it helped them close a deal.

But, like the statement landscaping features, clients reported being very satisfied with these kinds of projects. Eighty-four percent said they had a greater desire to be home since getting their new patio installed, and 83% said they’re happier as a result.

Danielle Andrus

Editor, Colorado Builder Magazine

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