Owning a home is an investment, from the purchase to the decorating to maintaining the lawn. Many times a homeowner will consider adding a sprinkler system to their newly purchased home, if it doesn’t have one already. But… does installing a sprinkler system add value to your home?
The simple answer is yes. It does. Not only does an installation add value to your home, it’s also a smart decision.
Having a sprinkler system saves time and money. Time is saved by setting the system’s automatic timer to water your landscape when and where you need it. It’s been shown that lawn’s stay healthier during the growing season when they are watered enough to equal one inch of rain water per week. This one inch should be at one time, not a little bit here and a little bit there. With hoses and standard lawn sprinklers, trying to water one inch at one time is difficult to measure. Many times, water is wasted or can result in over or under watering a lawn.
Over watering of a lawn can lead to lawn fungus, which can be difficult and expensive to treat. Many times fungus can be treated with a chemical solution that can be purchased at a local lawn supply, however, the fungus can resist treatment and a professional will need to be called in. This adds to the cost of “not owning a system.”
In addition, a sprinkler system adds value just in the time saved the homeowner. It’s a hassle trying to move sprinklers around and maintain the same coverage an installed system will give you. A well designed irrigation system will cover all areas of the lawn, from the grass to your planted gardens, providing each with the amount of water they will need for optimum health.
For the homeowner that is looking to sell their home, having an underground system will certainly boost the selling price as well as provide hidden values for the home sale. One of the biggest values is increasing the curb appeal of your home. Curb appeal is the first impression a buyer gets of your home. If your home has a lush, healthy lawn, it will be one of the first things a buyer notices.
A homeowner typically preps his house for sale weeks or months in advance of the home actually going on the market. They declutter and paint the inside. They freshen up paint on the outside of the house and plant flowers to showcase their house to it’s best advantage. With an installed irrigation system, the lawn will become an asset you don’t have to worry about. You can set the system and forget it – except for cutting the grass, of course!
In addition to the value a system can add to the actual purchase price, there is also a psychological advantage to having a sprinkler system and the curb appeal it will enhance. It there are several homes on the market, all things being equal, the curb appeal of the house will be an influencing element in the decision. Homes with great curb appeal sell faster than ones without curb appeal. If a choice is to be made on several homes, curb appeal wins everytime.
Whatever your reason for considering a sprinkler system make sure to contact Sprinkalawn first. We will meet with you to discuss your landscape goals, present and future. In addition to providing you with a map of your system, we will train you to operate the system and show you just how easy it is to have a beautiful lawn. Our goal is to allow you more time to relax and less time to worry about your lawn!