If you want to boost the property value of your home, installing a home sprinkler system makes sense. But does the financial math fall in your favor?
The answer to this question depends on a few different factors, particularly if you are looking to increase the equity of your home versus the market value. If you are considering selling your residential property in the future, a sprinkler system and the curb appeal that comes with a greener lawn may benefit you more than you might expect.
The Cost of a Home Sprinkler System
According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of a sprinkler system is between $1,706 and $3,525. The cost can vary depending on the location of your home, the size of the yard, the quality of the materials, whether the system is automated and programmable, the number of zones the system covers, and more. To break down the details, here are a few statistics:
- Although not a hard-and-fast rule, purchasing a sprinkler system for a residence in a warmer and drier climate will be more expensive than one in a humid environment. Many homeowners have little reason to consider a sprinkler system unless their landscaping demands it.
- Based on information gathered by Fixr, the national average for sprinkler system coverage is about $0.25. For a one-acre yard, this comes to an average of $10,000. This includes the labor necessary to excavate the yard and complete the installation.
- Home sprinkler system zones are areas of differing watering requirements. For example, the sprinkler heads that can mist bushes and tender plants will be different than those required to reach long distances of grass. The stats between the number of sprinkler zones is a bit more complicated to calculate, but rough estimates place a single zone at about $750 while seven zones or more can rise to $7,000 in additional costs.
- Finally, automated sprinkler systems can add $50 to $200 to your installation bill.
Short-Term Benefits, Long-Term Gains, or Both?
The Associated Landscape Contractors of America calculates that well-managed landscaping can boost the sale value of a home by 14% on average. Playing with the average cost of a home in the US, homeowners could reasonably expect $26,000 more from their original price. This number increases if your landscaping remains beautiful even in the heat of summer. In the same study, they also note that of all features included in the sale of a residential property, “landscape amenities” meant the most to homebuyers.
Does an automatic sprinkler system in your yard add value to your home? It certainly makes for a great amenity to mention in your listing. But ultimately, how you use your sprinkler system and how well you care for your exterior space will mean more than simply offering the infrastructure. The psychology is pretty simple: a beautiful yard must mean the current homeowner cares for their property, including the interior.
Call LaytonScape in Clearfield, Utah for Home Sprinkler System Installation
Making Utah beautiful one yard at a time, the landscapers at LaytonScape are ready to put their outdoor design expertise at your disposal! Contact us at (801)-773-8733 and request an estimate on your sprinkler system installation.