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Top 10 Outdoor Remodeling Jobs

July 26, 2017
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Home Living

You've probably heard that outdoor remodeling projects can improve the resale value of your home, but do you know which ones are the most highly recommended by Realtors? A recent report by the National Association of Realtors ranked the most valuable outdoor features in terms of cost and return on investment.

Here's a look at their top picks in order of their appeal to buyers:

  • Basic Lawn Care -- 303 percent ROI with an estimated cost of $330 for six applications of fertilizer and weed control
  • Overall Landscape Upgrade -- 105 percent ROI with an estimated cost of $4,750 for a 30-foot flagstone walkway, two 6-foot stone planters, five flowering shrubs, one deciduous 15-foot tree and mulch
  • New Patio -- 102 percent ROI for an estimated cost of $6,400
  • New Wood Deck -- 106 percent ROI for an estimated cost of $9,450
  • Softscape Upgrade -- 100 percent ROI for an estimated cost of $7,000 for five trees, 25 shrubs, 60 perennials, edging and boulders
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  • Sod Lawn -- 143 percent ROI for an estimated cost of $700 for 1,000 feet
  • Seed Lawn -- 417 percent ROI for an estimated cost of $120 for 1,000 feet
  • Fire Pit -- 78 percent ROI for an estimated cost of $4,500 for dry stacked natural stone kits and a gas burner with 10-foot-diameter flagstone patio
  • Fireplace -- 60 percent ROI for an estimated cost of $13,300 for veneered masonry stone, gas starter, chimney and wood mantel
  • New Pool -- 50 percent ROI for an estimated cost of $50,000

HouseLogic, a homeownership site, surveyed consumers about their last remodeling project and calculated a "joy score" from 1 to 10 based on their satisfaction with the completed work. While a pool came in last in terms of its buyer appeal and ROI, it received the highest joy score, a perfect 10.

Other top joy-scoring projects included an overall landscape upgrade (9.8), a new wood deck (9.7), a new patio (9.6) and a softscape upgrade (9.6).

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