Two-Thirds of Homeowners Bring in Professional Landscapers to Perform Home Improvements

Most homeowners, approximately two-thirds, bring in professional landscapers to perform updates.  The number is actually 66 percent, Houzz, a home decorating website, discovered.

The most often contracted with are stone, pavers and/or concrete specialists.  They are followed by patio and decking specialists and landscape contractors each at 18%, respectively.

Houzz users in the United Kingdom (UK) responded to the 2017 Houzz UK Landscaping Trends Survey of homeowners using Houzz of those who are in the process, completed, or are planning an outdoor improvement.  About one in five, or 23 percent,  said that among those with next-door neighbors, a close by home had bearing on the respondents’ new garden(s).

Investment monies being expended are significant for bigger undertakings by UK homeowners in their gardens.  About half, or 51 percent, plan on £3,000 or less for their landscaping, with only about 42 percent spending this amount at 42%.  Additionally, more than half go over £3,000 or 58%, and only 49% had that in their budget.  It appears that amounts planned on do not always line up with what is actually spent.

It appears that, per the study, Britons who own homes are interacting more with their neighbours post renovation to the tune of 15%, but with one in five (23%), however, indicating they planned their landscaping because they did not have enough privacy.  UK homeowners appear to appreciate having their own space as half, or 50%, landscaped for better fencing or land borders rather than non-structural attributes.

In the wintertime, British homeowners are to be found in their gardens about two hours per week whereas in the summer it is eight hours.  Therefore, more areas are being built for outdoor comfort and for entertaining.  These include lounge furniture at 33% and dining for outdoors areas at 43%.  This makes their garden(s) as a kind of continuation of the inside of their homes.

Pizza ovens are also being added on at a rate of 9% and almost one in ten is procuring outdoor equipment for kitchens like a barbecue, refrigerator, or, perhaps a sink, with this numbering 8%.

“Our research shows that one in two renovating homeowners make upgrades to their gardens and/or outdoor structures,” indicated Andrew Small, managing director of Houzz UK.

“Home buyers are key drivers of these renovations, motivated to extend their living spaces to the gardens and achieve a stylish yet low maintenance surroundings. Outdoor kitchens and elaborate outdoor lighting are key trends to look out for in 2017.”

  • Elise Dopson is a freelance writer and blogger. She shares tips on how start, market and run a successful freelance business on her blog. 📧 Contact: elise@newsanyway.com

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