And the Winner Is …

A lucky HouseLogic reader wins $1,000 in our Boost Your Roost sweepstakes.

Ta-da! We have a winner! Katherine K. of St. Louis won a $1,000 in HouseLogic’s Boost Your Roost sweepstakes.

To be eligible to win, visitors like Katherine K., earned sweepstakes entries over the course of a 5-week promotion period by watching videos of the Boost Your Roost landscaping makeover (won by Allison and Aaron Smith of Santa Maria, Calif.) and answering quiz questions about the videos.

Entrants also had the chance to guess how much the Smiths’ wheelchair-accessible backyard makeover added to the value of their home.

So does landscaping offer a good return on investment? According to professional appraiser Sandy MacCuish, who evaluated the property before and after, the landscaping redo added $10,000 in value — 50% of the project’s $20,000 cost. The redo included installing a door, pouring a concrete patio, and adding plants.

Would you have the same outcome with a landscaping overhaul? Depends on your market. Appraisals are hyper-local and values shift with changing market conditions.

Most important, as you plan projects to improve your home, remember that the benefits of a renovation go way beyond the bottom line.

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