10 outdoor ideas for boosting the value of your home

  • Seed your lawn

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    "Make sure your landscape is alive and well and clean," said Jessica Lautz, managing director of survey research and communications with the National Association of Realtors.

    Even if you're not aiming to sell, a vibrant, healthy lawn might have a greater impact than you expect on your overall happiness with your outdoor spaces. Plus, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) estimates that seeding 1,000 square feet of lawn space would cost only $120. The group expects an investment that size could recover $500 in value -- that amounts to a whopping 417 percent ROI.

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