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Survey Says: Americans Love their Yards and they are Important to a Home’s Resale Value

4/19/2016 5:00:00 AM

April is National Lawn Care Month​ so it is a great time to think about what your lawn and landscape do for you. Even in the age of the smartphone and T.V. show binge watching, the love affair with the American yard is not over.

According to an online survey commissioned by the National Association of Landscape Professionals​ and conducted by Harris Poll in May 2015, eighty-three percent of Am​​ericans think having a yard is important. Here are a few insights about the value of our lawns and backyards.

Your neighborhood's landscaping is important. Americans (91%) want to live in an area where they can see or walk to nice landscaping. So if you want the best chance of increasing the home prices in your neighborhood, make sure the landscaping looks good.

Nice landscaping helps to sell your house. Eighty-four percent say that the quality of a home's landscaping would affect their decision about whether or not to buy. Great neighborhood landscaping helps, but it isn't enough; yours needs to look good too.

Your neighbors care what your yard looks like. Seventy-one percent think it is important that their neighbors have well-maintained yards. Perhaps "good landscaping makes good neighbors" should be the new adage.

We want to enjoy our yards. Seventy-five percent of people feel that it is important to spend time outside in their yards.

Despite common misperceptions, even Millennials want to spend time in their yards. Seventy-five percent of Millennials (18–34 year olds) think spending time outside in their yards is important.

People want help with their landscape. A large majority of Americans (67%) agree that professional landscape help would allow them to have a nicer yard.

So, this April, don't take your yard for granted: make the most of it and it will return many financial and emotional benefits.

At Ariens, we agree that the condition of your yard can improve your home's resale value, and your overall summertime satisfaction. Now is the perfect time to prep your yard for the upcoming season of patio parties and barbeques. Head to your local authorized Ariens dealer today and check out the latest lineup of walk-behind and zero-turn mowers, and chore products that will get your yard in tip-top shape. Find your dealer here.