12 Landscaping Projects with High ROI and Joy Scores


When adding new landscaping features, it’s nice to know your Return on Investment

Landscaping is an investment worth making, offering the immediate benefits of increased enjoyment of your property, as well as desirable long-term value that holds if or when it comes time to sell.   From lawn and tree care to installing a new fire, water feature or patio, there’s no shortage of opportunities to enhance your landscape and to enjoy the benefits these upgrades provide.

This list of landscape features that see high happiness and financial returns has been compiled by the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Landscape Professionals.  They surveyed consumers about the last outdoor project they undertook, landscape contractors about average project costs and realtors about the cost recovery for each project.

The complete findings of the report that polled realtors, homeowners, and landscape professionals can be found in their 2018 Remodeling Impact Outdoor Features report.

Realtor Rank of Landscaping Projects’ Likely Adding Value to Home for Resale

#1  Landscape Maintenance – maintenance includes mulching, mowing, pruning and planting.  Joy Score – 9.5%

#2  Overall Landscape Upgrade –  an example might be a new walkway and installation of trees and shrubs.  Joy Score – 9.7%

#3  Standard Lawn Care Service – lawn care includes application of fertilizer and weed control.  Percent of value recovered from project is approx. 267%.  Joy Score 9.0

#4  New Patio –  no other feature improves more livability and an increase in enjoyment while home.  Joy Score – 9.7%

#5  New Wood Deck – adds functionality and livability to outdoors.  Joy Score 9.8%

#6  Tree Care – includes application of tree fertilization, regular spraying, trimming and pruning plus the removal of a 30 ft. tree.  Joy Score – 9.2%

#7  Landscape Lighting – typical installation of transformer and LED lights.  Joy Score 9.6%

#8  Statement Landscape  – includes a customized space for bocce ball, yoga, etc. or perhaps a garden.  Joy Score – 9.7%

#9   Irrigation System Installation – the installation and management of an irrigation system for a lawn.  Joy Score 10%

#10   Outdoor Kitchen –  based on the installation of one inset grill, stainless steel drawers, ice chest, sink and veneered masonry stone counter top.  Joy Score

#11  Fire Feature – a popular feature that extends the season and encourages more family time.  Joy Score 10

#12  Water Features – many options but all add a sense of increased relaxation and tranquility.  Joy Score 9.8%

This professional landscaping organization teamed
up with the National Association of Realtors to determine which
improvements homeowners enjoyed the most.

This 3-D design fire feature in Schwenksville gets a perfect 10 on the joy scale.

This 3-D design fire feature in Schwenksville gets a perfect 10 on the joy scale.

Landscaping Projects are a Win-Win for Homeowners

At Whitehouse Landscaping, getting you the most Return on Investment and the most pleasure from your landscaping project is our goal.  Whitehouse Landscaping is a full service contractor who does all types of outdoor living projects.  Whether you are looking at enhancing your outdoor living space for your own enjoyment or to help with the sale of your home, go ahead and dream big.  Your investment will be rewarded.

Let our experienced team show you how to add lasting value with landscaping renovations. Contact Whitehouse Landscaping or call 484-300-4290 for a free consultation to find out how easy it is to bring out the best in your outdoor living space.