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How do the new artificial lawns affect home values?

  • September 29 2009 - San Anselmo
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Artificial turf is becoming very common in Arizona. It is very expensive to keep grass alive in the summers here so it is a great alternative.
  • August 06
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It would depend on how well it is done and the quality of the artificial lawn. Since most people don't like how fake they usually look, it would need to look as real as possible. With the drought, if it adds to the curb appeal, this should be a good selling feature.
  • August 06
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Well, I personally don't love them but I have seen them used effectively in some luxury condo developments and you can hardly tell it's not real grass. It certainly will save on water use. 
  • March 31
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For some buyers they will be a huge PLUS!  Clever!
  • March 30
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Hi,

I know a lot of buyers still prefer a real lawn, but if the curb appeal is great on either one, many buyers may be ok with it.

Kind regards,

Arpad
  • March 30
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TOXIC!  Even the turf vendors will tell you "once artificial turf, ALWAYS artificial turf.  Serious environmental and health risks,  Even municipalities are removing it because of lawsuits.  Try a drought resistant option instead.
  • March 30
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If the house is in an area where it is a high monthly cost to water the yard and there is no irrigation, I say go for it.  It may not add an extra 5k to your selling price, but is a unique feature and will most likely help your house sell quicker.  In the Boise market, most new subdivisions are required to have irrigation to offer the homeowners, but there are certain neighborhoods in the foothills that would the homeowners would be very excited for such a thing.  No mowing, no watering...I'm in!  
  • December 16 2013
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While this is an old question, if anyone searches artificial turf, they will see this question and answer.

Our company recently wrote a blog discussing this very topic.

We found that artificial turf can impact home values and even re-sale values because it qualifies the home for a more green environment. Think about the following points:
--There is less money being spent on watering and replacement products
--It helps prevent certain pests from damaging your home (does not encourage termites at the base of your home like wood mulch can)
--Landscaping equates to 5-15% of the home's value

Hope this answers your question!
  • December 16 2013
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To be very honest, I don't see any additional value to the property.  It may be a selling point, but it would most likely not affect value.
  • October 18 2009
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In the local market artificial lawns are a specialty interest. I mean most folks prefer natural turf. Artificial lawns do not affect value as much as the number of prospective buyers.
  • October 18 2009
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ah its funny how old things fall in and out of style... nothing new about artificial lawn.

i would think that desert landscape would probably hold resale better. i dont believe artificial grass will be fashionable for the long term. if you were thinking about ways to fix up your home to sell, i would minimize. at this time very few upgrades are garnering 80% back at sale.
  • September 29 2009
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This is a first for me! You must be in California - I hear the trends travel West to East!  Check with your local planning and zoning board.
Are you in an area where there are incentives for not watering your lawn?All the best!
Margaret Shea, Realtor, e-PRO, CDPE

  • September 29 2009
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