When it’s time to make home improvements, many people choose to upgrade their outdoor spaces. A recent survey showed that 64% of homeowners are focusing on their backyards. Approximately 58% of these upgrades are substantial, and include adding patio and walkway paving as well as new vegetable and flower beds.
Other substantial home improvements include building or upgrading outdoor structures. Around 29% of homeowners are engaging in a total overhaul of their outdoor spaces, however. These total make-overs include re-grading, terracing, and re-landscaping their yards.
A Harris Poll survey was conducted on behalf of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. There were 2,034 adults participants in this United States survey 18 years and older. The survey participants provided the following thoughts on yards:
- It’s important to have a yard: 83%
- It’s important to spend time outside in your yard: 75%
- It’s important to maintain your yard: 90%
You may be interested to know that your return on investment for landscaping can be significant. If you spend a minimum of five percent of your home’s value, your return may be up to 150%.
In addition to adding lawns, raised beds, shrubbery, trees, and similar types of landscaping, there are other popular outdoor improvements that can be made. These include building a new deck and building a new fence.
If you’re considering a new fence installation, have you thought about vinyl rather than traditional wood fencing materials? Fence builders will tell you that manufacturers claim this type of new fence installation can be almost five-times stronger and four-time more flexible than traditional wood fences.
In addition to virgin vinyl fencing, recycled vinyl fencing is also available. One of the benefits of using vinyl fencing is that it is non-toxic. When recycled vinyl is used, it is also more eco-friendly.
If you have a yard with a pool, for example, it’s a good idea to have a four-sided isolation fence that separates the pool area from the rest of the yard and house. Four-sided fencing is also safer than three-sided fencing because it reduces the risk of children falling into the pool and drowning.
Studies have shown that the risk of children gaining access to a pool and drowning is 83% less with four-sided property line fencing. A professional fence contractor will inform you that these fences should be a minimum of four feet high.
Since you’re planning to make some home improvements, landscaping and a new fence installation are both excellent ideas. Whether you’re planning to create an outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy, or are making home improvements to sell your home, the value of your home will increase either way.