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2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features

By the National Association of Landscape Professionals and the National Association of REALTORS®

This report takes a deep dive into the reasons why homeowners complete outdoor remodeling projects, the value of taking on such projects, and the increased happiness experienced by homeowners once a project is completed. It also contains:
•    The typical cost of 10 outdoor projects, as estimated by members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
•    How much appeal each project is likely to have for buyers, according to REALTORS®.
•    How much REALTORS® estimate homeowners can recover on the cost of the outdoor projects if they choose to sell the home.

Report Highlights:
•    REALTORS® ranked a standard lawn care program as the number one project that appeals to buyers. REALTORS® also estimated that lawn care would recover 303% of the cost estimated by landscape professionals.
•    Upgrading the landscape with seed lawn had the highest cost recovery of 417%, followed by a standard lawn care program (303%) and upgrading the landscape with sod lawn (143%).
•    An overall landscape upgrade, new patio, new deck, and softscape upgrade all rendered roughly 100% in cost recovery and each project received a Joy Score of 9.6 or higher.
•    A new pool received the highest Joy Score of 10, but REALTORS® estimate that it would only recover 50 percent of the costs.

Click HERE to download the full report.