Survey Finds This Outdoor Feature Is the Most Important Thing for Home Buyers

We concur.

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When you're on the hunt for a new home, what do you covet? Giant closets? A chef's kitchen? Wood flooring? Or is it something else?

According to a survey from Engine's CARAVAN Omnibus on behalf of National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), many of us are all about the green — in the form of a backyard that is — when it comes to our home search. Per a statement on NALP's site,, "81 percent of all Americans have a lawn, and a vast majority – 79 percent – say that a lawn is an important feature when renting or buying a home."

Interestingly, millennials seem to attach a particular importance on having green space at their residences: "...younger generations of Americans place an even higher value on lawns than their parents and grandparents. For instance, a nice size lawn was the number one home feature priority among millennials, beating out even an updated kitchen. While young people are so often found glued to their phones (and tablets and laptops), this new research really validates that Americans of all ages have a great appreciation for the value that healthy lawns bring to their lives."

Of course, since the survey was sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, we'll have to take their results with a grain of weed killer.

As Southerners, though, you don't have to tell us twice about the value of having a nice lawn at home. Games in the yard, summer grilling, gardening galore, porch views...the list of lawn perks goes on and on.

As long as we can outsource mowing and lawn care to someone else, right?

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