If you?ve ever turned on an episode of a show on HGTV, you?ve probably realized that housing trends are constantly changing. Between maintaining an open floor plan, adding a kitchen island, and investing in exposed beams or crown molding, keeping up can be exhausting. Consider taking a break from all that and investing in a consistently high-valued area of your home ? your lawn. Check out some of the ways updating your lawn can bring value to your home and improve your quality of life below:

Get Outside More Often

According to a survey by the Harris Poll for the National Association of Landscape Professionals found that three quarters (75%) of Americans think spending time outside on the lawn is important. No one wants to spend time outside on the lawn when it?s overgrown, overcrowded or otherwise ignored. Putting some time and effort into your landscaping, however, will motivate you to get outside and enjoy it. In fact, homeowners who are upgrading their lawn and other outdoor space spend six or more hours there per week relaxing, gardening, and entertaining. Plus, 83% of Americans believe in the importance of a yard and 90% of those with a yard think it?s important to keep the landscape well maintained. A landscape designer can help you cater the space to your specific needs and wants so you?ll spend the most time outside and get the most benefit for your money. If you are working with a landscape design firm, expect to spend $10,000 or more on your landscape designs. While only 56% of homeowners budget that much, 65% actually end up spending that amount.

Increase the Value of Your Home

Countless survey results demonstrate the value of updating your home?s landscaping. Check out some of them below:

According to 97% of real estate agents, landscaping is a top five home improvement recommendation and that a homeowner can expect a 215% return on investment (ROI).

Respondents (63%) of a survey say they are willing to pay more for a house or apartment with good green space compared to areas with quality cultural venues or good shopping.

Upgrading your lawn can raise the property value as much as 12%.

Landscaping can raise your house?s resale value by 14%.

Even spending 5% of the value of your home on the outdoor space can get you an ROI of up to 150%.

You can sell your home more quickly when it has upgraded landscaping, sometimes up to six weeks sooner.

Between the personal value you?ll get in enjoying your outdoor space, plus the monetary value of updating your landscaping, the benefits of lawn care are undeniable.

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