Spring Showers: Are Rain Barrels for You? 

By Scott Ware 

For some years now the City of Chicago has been marketing rain barrels as an almost painless step we can take to contribute to the ecology while saving on our water bills. Many homes are still connected to over-loaded city storm sewers. Installing rain barrels can cut you off from the municipal system 

The barrel boosters are a little more enthusiastic than frank when it comes to the costs and benefits for homeowners. Barrels cannot be used in the winter and frequently run dry in summer. Above, they are too small. A simple half inch rainfall would fill 2.5 rain barrels from a typical garage. Think of how many barrels your entire house would need. 

My house was built in 1871, before a storm water system existed in Beverly/Morgan Park. A downspout near my back door drops into a large brick cistern buried underground. This was the traditional solution to runoff from a roof, and to obtaining irrigation water during dry spells. Modern versions of my cistern are available with pre-fabricated tanks and many accessories. One system includes a waterfall and a pump that will connect to a garden hose. But these systems are a pricey to install. 

A cheaper solution is to build a dry well or French drain near each downspout and several feet away from the house foundation. The average “well needto be at least 3.5 feet deep. Run a PVC drain pipe from your downspout to side of the holeFill the hole most of the way with cheap ½-inch gravelplace a piece of landscape cloth on top then fill the remaining 6 inches with top soil. In effect, this is an underground rain barrel and can plant on top of it. 

If you already use a rain barrel, I suggest investing in a small submersible pump (perhaps 500 gallons per hour) to put in the bottom of the barrelThis makes all the difference in getting water where you want it and in a reasonable amount of time. Some pumps are sold as part of kits that have fittings to use with rain barrels. 

You can decrease overflow problems by hooking up a second barrel to the first. And in the absence of a pump, raising the height of the barrels will help with the water flow a little. Getting a barrel on top of a platform about knee high is a good compromise between water flow and safety.  

I found one unique solution in the front of my house. The house has wide eaves that keep rain from reaching soil near the house. The rhododendron plants there as a result do not get enough water. I therefore ran a 25-foot soaker hose from my corner rain barrel past the four shrubs and left the valve open. The barrel is never full and my shrubs now get as much water as the rest of the yard. 

Scott Ware owns a Beverly based landscape design and build service. He can be reached at 773-445-8479 or by email at scottware@aya.yale.edu. 

BAPA Home Expo

Connect With Experts on Home Improvement and Restoration

Since the 1970s, the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) has been connecting area residents with local tradespeople when they need help maintaining and repairing their vintage homes. On Sun., Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the BAPA Home Expo will showcase professionals offering foundation-to-ceiling advice on everything from renovation to decorating. The event will be held at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., and feature vendors, workshops and historic preservation resources.

“Every day we get calls from people looking for a reliable local business to hire for small and large jobs,” said BAPA Executive Director Susan Flood. “People trust BAPA and trust the businesses we recommend. The BAPA Home Expo will bring together people with questions about caring for their homes with experts in every aspect of home improvement.”

Audience admission to the BAPA Home Expo is free.

Home Improvement businesses interested in learning more about becoming vendors can call BAPA. 773-233-3100, for more information.

BAPA is also accepting applications for trades referrals listings from carpenters, contractors, roofers, electricians, plumbers, painters, plasterers, handymen, exterminators, landscapers and more.

The popular trades referral program requires that participating businesses provide three letters of recommendation from local customers and be fully licensed and insured. Businesses that receive complaints are subject to being removed from the list. Business owners interested in applying can email bapa@bapa.org or call 773-233-3100 for information and applications.

 

Association Campaigns to Stop Bungling Bungalows

We’ve all seen them: Classic Chicago bungalows with “pop out” roof additions that don’t come close to matching the architectural design and distinction of these classic homes, and frequently are lower quality than the original house.   

Since 2016, the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) has been campaigning against what they’ve termed “bungled bungalows,” targeting developers who tear off the homes’ upstairs level to build additions that CBA says “destroy the architectural and aesthetic value of homes and streetscapes, as well as neighbors’ property values.”  

The campaign – called #StopThePop – spread awareness about alternative additions that could put an end to what the Association sees as the destruction of Chicago’s iconic homes. The campaign got a lot of attention on social media as well as in Crain’s Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune as well as on WGN Radio and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. 

“Because there are sensible alternatives, we believe pop-tops and all of their consequences are preventable,” said CBA Executive Director Mary Ellen Guest. 

#StopThePop is still getting attention, and after two years of work has unveiled the Bungalow Expansion Project  and Expanding Your Space guide on their website, www.chicagobungalow.org. The Bungalow Expansion Project design schemes were created in partnership with AIA Chicago residential architects. The project features detailed information on projects that include system upgrades, finishing basements, adding dormers and additions.  

Each project area offers complete information on how to plan, prepare, complete and even pay for projects that will preserve the integrity of the Chicago bungalow while enhancing its lifestyle opportunities. For example, the finished basement design offers step-by-step instructions for expanding a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom bungalow into a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom bungalow with a basement suite and remodeled first floor kitchen. The project does not change the existing house footprint.  

Exterior alterations call for redoing the back porch to add heat and adding egress windows for the basement. Interior alterations provide a complete list of tasks from adding rooms to widening the staircase, and includes system upgrades, like heating and plumbing. Project considerations cover dealing with basement water issues and meeting Chicago code requirements. Each project includes plans and renderings of the finished project, as well as cost estimates, broken out so homeowners can make informed decisions. 

Each project is designed to enhance the quality of living in the house, and plans provide more affordable options.  

“Our goal is not to tell homeowners what they can and can’t do with their homes,” said CBA Deputy Director Gillian Wiescher, “Rather, we want to educate on sensible attic additions that provide the desired added space while protecting the value of the home and streetscape. We encourage people to expand their spaces, open up kitchens, and finish their basements. That’s the beauty of bungalows. They are adaptable for the modern family.” 

Built between 1910 and 1940, bungalows make up about one-third of the city’s single-family housing stock, with an estimated 80,000 of them existing in dense neighborhood clusters that arc around the city center. During the bungalow building boom, the narrow, one-and-a-half story buildings provided efficient and well-built, yet inexpensive, housing options for many families. Originally purchased with unfinished attics, a growing family had the option to convert the space into a spare bedroom later on. 

When CBA started in 2000, bungalows were not desirable. First time homebuyers discounted them as “grandma’s house.” It’s evident now that bungalows are highly sought after. CBA’s approach is a practical one that developers and homeowners of all socioeconomic levels and geographic locations will benefit from. 

For more information on the Bungalow Expansion Project – Solution to Pop-Tops, as well as a considerable rescources for all aspects of upgrading, maintaining and “greening: bungalows and other vintage homes, visit www.chicagobungalow.org. 

Local Real Estate Trends See Rising Values, Quick Sales 

By Grace Kuikman

Bracketing the beginning of the winter real estate sales lull and start of the spring market were two articles in major publications that called attention to the quality and value of real estate in Beverly.

An article in Crain’s Chicago Business last fall reported that, according to their analysis of Midwest Real Estate Sales Data, sales in the first nine months of 2017 were up 27% over the same period in 2016. Crain’s also reported that, according to the Chicago Association of Realtors, the median sales prices of Beverly homes was up 7.7% from 2016.

“No other place among the city’s 77 officially designated neighborhoods has seen as much growth in home sales as Beverly,” the article said, offering two reasons for the upward trend: the long history of affordability and the new “layer of hipness spreading through the neighborhood.”

Bill Biros of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Biros Real Estate, operates one of the local real estate companies seeing the uptick in home sales – he said business was up 11% in 2017 over 2016. But, like the other local realtors, Biros is concerned about the effect the low inventory of homes for sale may have on home values.

“[Prices] have not gone up at the rate we’d like to see,” Biros said. “One problem is appraisals.”  According Biros and other local real estate professionals, appraisers from outside the area don’t understand local demand and value – it’s not just a problem here. But, with the healthy housing market  in Beverly/Morgan Park, Biros expects that “prices will creep up.”

‘Something for Everyone’

Affordability, quality of housing stock and a “formidable collection of food and beverage offerings” are cited as reasons for Beverly’s attraction for potential buyers in an article titled “Here’s What You Can Get for Under $500K in Beverly” in Chicago Magazine’s March issue. “Beverly is surprisingly affordable. No matter your budget, there’s something for everyone in Beverly,” wrote A. J. LaTrace.

“I see lots of North Side people coming in to look at Beverly,” said Michele Pettiford, a Beverly/Morgan Park resident and real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Residential of Oak Lawn. One of Pettiford’s listings made it into Chicago Magazine’s four picks for the real estate article. Even though she’s not “homegrown,” as she put it, Pettiford has lived in the community long enough to experience the high number of home buyers who grew up in Beverly/Morgan Park, moved “up north,” then returned when it’s time to start families. She said the house hunters she’s seeing coming from the North Side, downtown and suburbs are frequently people who have never been to this community.

“It’s not just people coming back home,” she said.

Recent press that underscores neighborhood amenities, enduring home values and expanding recreational opportunities are a factor in reaching young people who may never have looked for Beverly listings in the past, Pettiford said. And when that increasing population of millennials finds their way to one of her local showings, Pettiford wastes no time before winding into a sales pitch that is based on her own positive experience as a neighborhood “transplant.”

Commute + Community

“People are consistently drawn here by the short commute downtown and the value of the homes, but it’s the sense of community they discover here that really appeals to them,” she said. “When I’m on appointments, I talk about the neighborhood and all the great things Beverly/Morgan Park has to offer.” She lists the brew pubs, the boutiques, Bookies, the Beverly Arts Center and more. “It’s amazing what this community has done!”

Mary Ellen Fitzgerald, who owns and operates Fitzgerald Real Estate with her husband Rich, agrees that positive press about new amenities like the Beverly Art Walk, Frunchroom reading series, and brew pubs attracts interested potential buyers to our community. Her recent clients include people from the North Side, downtown, South Loop, south suburbs and more. The Fitzgeralds wish that there were more homes for sale to accommodate all the interested buyers coming their way. “We could use more inventory,” Mary Ellen said. “There are more buyers than sellers.”

All of the real estate agents and brokers interviewed for this article agree that home prices are going up – not as fast as in some other neighborhoods, but steadily, which is historically how the local real estate market trends.

Morgan Park Market

Rich Fitzgerald said that he thinks the local market could be even stronger if potential buyers from outside the neighborhood were searching “Morgan Park” in addition to “Beverly” on real estate platforms like Zillow. “There are a lot of great values in Morgan Park but a lot of new buyers don’t know about it,” Rich said, explaining that the boundary for “Beverly” ends at 107th Street, so that’s where the Beverly listings stop. Although most area residents think of Beverly and Morgan Park as one, close-knit community that they often call “Beverly,” they are technically considered two neighborhoods.

According to the Fitzgeralds, that’s just one of many good reasons to work with local real estate professionals when you are buying or selling. “Local realtors know the neighborhood and will show people all around,” Rich said. “Every part of this neighborhood – east, west, north, south – all have something to offer.”

Dual Market

Another housing trend noted by each of the interviewed real estate agents and brokers is a distinct dual market: People buying distressed homes cheaply to rehab and resell fast at high prices, and those buying what Pettiford called “forever homes.”

“For those properties that need complete rehab or modernization, buyers come from . . . all corners of the city and suburbs,” said Barbara Thouvenell, Managing Broker for PRS Associates. “There are usually multiple offers, they are cash buyers, and this is a business transaction, that’s it.”

Because there are so few homes in this community that need extensive rehab, the rehabbed properties turn over quickly and, according to Thouvenell, “tend to go to first time buyers. They love the fresh new look the house has, and are appreciative of the newest trends in colors, tile and kitchens.”

The majority of neighborhood housing stock is what Thouvenell called the traditional market. “This market tends to be driven by the need for more space, more bedrooms, main level family room, a finished basement, and more baths,” she said, adding that this market is “very tight right now, especially in the $325,000 and under range.”

Move-in Condition a Must

Another trend that real estate professionals believe is here to stay: Homes must be in move-in condition for most of today’s buyers.

“Buyers don’t want to do anything,” said Bernadette Molloy, owner of Molloy Real Estate. According to Molloy, houses have to be ready for market before they’re listed: “Streamlined, clean, as updated as possible within the seller’s budget, and priced properly,” she said.

Harder to sell are the kind of houses that most us live in: Nice, somewhat updated, but loved and lived in.

Across the board, the local realtors agree that, if they can afford it, sellers should invest in making important updates if they want their house to sell relatively quickly.

“Assess the issues and make repairs that will keep your property from selling,” said Biros. Points to consider: Make needed repairs to get your house in good condition; the age of the roof and the furnace is extremely important; replace windows that are old or in poor condition, if it’s within your budget.

Dated Homes = Best Buys

“The best bargains are houses in good condition but dated,” said Bill Biros. “The best deals can be had if [buyers] are willing to do the updates.”

The hallmark of the local housing market has been slow and steady for many years. Most people buy here because they plan to stay, raise their kids, babysit their grandkids, and eventually pay off that 30-year mortgage. In that kind of market, prices go up – and go down – more slowly. That’s part of the value of loving where you live.

 

The Way I See It

By Scott Smith

Back in October, Crain’s Chicago Business published an article about how home sales in Beverly are on the rise and some of the reasons why.

Before saying more about that article, a couple of declarations are in order.

I serve on the board of the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) and I’m a board member with the Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (where we’re working on the launch of a spring festival that highlights the need for more bike- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods). I  also work with the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, where I produce a live storytelling series called The Frunchroom that tells stories about the South Side that don’t always make the headlines.

Like most people, I volunteer because of a belief about where neighborhood development should and must come from: a participatory community that has a voice in our neighborhood—and city. It’s the opposite of the typical top-down, politically driven model Chicago has often embraced.

Over the past few years, I’ve watched as small businesses here have created niche communities that become economic drivers, particularly in those places that elevate artists and writers.

Crain’s Chicago Business backed up what we’ve all seen with data and reporting: At the end of September, Beverly showed “a steep increase in home sales for the year to date.” How steep? An increase of 27 percent over the same period in 2016.

The piece goes on to quote real estate agent and Morgan Park resident Francine Benson Garaffo, who says that new groups and businesses formed in the past few years have “brought a new energy into Beverly,” and highlights two new breweries and a meadery, as well as the Arts Alliance and The Frunchroom. (The Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery on the border of Beverly and Washington Heights grew out of a brewing supply store on Western Avenue.)

We have to recognize what a hard turn this was, especially when the Arts Alliance’s Art Walk and Horse Thief Hollow (one of the two breweries mentioned) debuted. At the time, there was nothing like those breweries in the neighborhood. While both were warmly embraced, Western Avenue was (and still kind of is) a haven of shot-and-a-beer joints.

And while there were some art galleries in the neighborhood, most are like the Vanderpoel Art Museum—hidden away gems, and not something the neighborhood was known for to outsiders.

The changes are due to individuals who envisioned change and put entrepreneurial thinking behind it. It wasn’t thanks to a city or the ward office. It was people—many of them volunteers—banding together in common cause who then attracted like-minded folks to follow behind them. Horse Thief begat Open Outcry and the Meadery. The Art Walk begat The Frunchroom. Et cetera.

You see this spirit of volunteerism-meets-entrepreneurialism in BAPA as well. Though it has only three full-time staff members, it has an army of volunteers, homeowners, and local businesses who make it possible to create a yearlong slate of events like the Ridge Run, the Beverly Home Tour, Bikes and Brews, and more. They’re also not afraid to take on the city and advocate for the neighborhood, like in the current campaign to save the Ridge Park fieldhouse.

The Crain’s article also had something interesting to say about public schools in our neighborhood. In an interview with a new Beverly resident, schools were cited as “the top draw.” The elementary school they moved here for is Kellogg School, a public school with CPS’s highest rating, 1+ and scores a seven out of 10 points on the Great Schools rating service.

In a time of upheaval for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), it’s worth noting that people are moving to the 19th Ward because of our public schools.

It’s great to see the neighborhood’s arts scene, new restaurants and public schools creating an atmosphere where home sales and prices are on the rise. There are two lessons here:

If you have a vision for change in your community, you and your friends have the power to make it happen.

Decisions about our communities—especially our schools—should be participatory.

During the 2019 political campaign season, I’m sure many people will want to take credit for the rise in Beverly’s sales and home prices. I just hope they’ll mention the people who actually made it happen.

Two Local Homes Named Finest Painted Ladies

Two Beverly/Morgan Park homes were recently honored as Chicago’s Finest Painted Ladies in the 31st annual competition sponsored by the Chicago Paint & Coatings Association.

Winning Best Use of Color for a Non-Victorian Professionally Painted Home were Jason and Jennifer Stec, 2018 W. 101st Pl., whose house was painted by Graff Painting Company. Winning Best Use of Color for a Geographic Location, professionally painted, were Rob and Leanne Quane, 9528 S. Longwood Dr., whose house was painted by Kelso Painting.

Nine beautifully painted homes from throughout Chicagoland received top honors, and for the first time, two of the awards went to neighborhood homes. .

The contest is open to homes and businesses throughout the Chicago area. The style, size or age of the property is not a factor in selecting the winners, but beauty and craftsmanship of the paint application, and how well it complements the structure of the building, are essential to being a Chicago’s Finest Painted Ladies winner.

“Based on the wide range of beautiful entries, it underscores the fact that paint and coatings are the most affordable ways to improve and accent a home or business appearance,” said Chicago Paint & Coatings Association’s spokesperson Bill Heiden.  According to Heiden, the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers estimates that a good first appearance of a home can add as much as 5 percent to 10 percent to the value of the home.

For information about the contest, call 847-240-0102or visit www.chicagopaint.org.

Housing News: Honey Do Lists, and Property Tax Info

Put It On the ‘Honey Do’ List

By Chanelle Rogers

Fall is here and winter is on its heels! Sure you’ve got your porch lined with carefully carved pumpkins and someone — I’m not saying who — is lugging cornucopias and fragile, little metallic balls from the basement like he works in the stockroom of a department store. But all that pretty prep will go to pot if you don’t protect your home from the cold weather.

There are three key areas to focus on to ensure a warm winter and cozy holidays:

Don’t let those pipes freeze! Pipes in exterior walls can freeze easily and the worst holiday intrusion is a busted pipe. Talk to a professional plumber about insulating pipes and other ways to prevent freezing or other winter woes.

Keep the warm air in and the cold air out! Save your money for holiday presents not heating bills! Change the filter in your furnace; repair and replace any failing caulk or weather stripping; have the chimney cleaned; and change the direction of your ceiling fans to clockwise.

Fortify the exterior! Free your gutters and downspouts of debris and leaves and trim any trees to save yourself the headache of water damage and leaks. Also, as roofers prepare for their slow season, they’ll have time to come inspect your roof for cracks and repair any damage that could pose a problem over the winter.

The winter prep ‘Honey-Do’ list is long, but adding these few tasks will give you peace of mind as you focus on the bigger things like massive dinners and presents, oh and spending time with family.

 

Don’t Lose Your Property Due to Delinquent Taxes

Every year, hundreds of properties in Cook County are lost by homeowners to so-called “tax scavengers,” who buy houses at auction when the owner fails to pay property taxes. Often, homeowners are caught off guard, having missed their property tax bill in the mail or because they failed to keep up with confusing paperwork.

“Too often, homeowners find themselves in crisis because they didn’t realize their property taxes went unpaid,” said State Sen. Bill Cunningham. “Senior citizens are most susceptible to this problem because their mortgages are more likely to be paid off, so a bank is no longer ensuring the taxes are being paid through an escrow account.”

In Sen. Cunningham’s district alone, 6,211 property owners are past due on their property taxes, according to records maintained by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.

“If you don’t know your status, please check with the Cook County Treasurer’s Office,” said Cunningham. “This is an easy problem to avoid with a quick phone call or by spending some time on the treasurer’s website.”

The County Treasurer can be reached at 312-443-5100 or at cookcountytreasurer.com.

 

Chicago Architecture Biennial Programs Continue at BAC

As an anchor site for the international Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., is prepared to welcome people from throughout the city and the world to participate in special programs that focus on how the built forms of Chicago’s neighborhood inform the past, present and future of communities.

“Elevation: The Rise of Beverly/Morgan Park,” an architectural installation and exhibition of photographs and historic documents, continues through Jan. 7 in the BAC’s Simmerling Gallery. Admission is free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat.; closed Sun. except during special events.

As a stop on the Beverly Art Walk, Sat., Oct. 7, 12 to 5 p.m., the BAC invites visitors to explore the themes Elevation and Making New History. Families are invited to construct their own model cities using Legos and to design posters that imagine the future of the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood.

How the arts affect neighborhoods is the topic of a panel discussion being hosted at the BAC on Thurs., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. in the Baffes Theatre. Representatives from south side Chicago Architecture Biennial anchor sites Hyde Park Art Center, Dusable Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art and the BAC will share insights and ideas about the ways the arts visually and culturally impact how neighborhoods are shaped and influence the direction of a neighborhood’s future.

Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will moderate the panel discussion. Prior to his appointment to head DCASE in June 2016, Kelly had a long career fostering the arts experience across 100 different degree programs for students at Columbia College Chicago. He is founder and chair of the Wabash Arts Corridor initiative in the South Loop. Throughout his career, Kelly has served on many arts and cultural-centric boards.

For information on these programs, contact the BAC, 773-445-3838 or www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Local Homeowners Voted Winners of 1st Bungalow Garden Contest

Beverly/Morgan Park homeowners Maureen and Eamon Reilly and Pamela Dallas took first place awards in the Chicago Bungalow Association’s 1st Annual Bungalow Garden Contest: You Be the Judge! The public voted online for their favorite gardens in three categories: Front Garden, Rear/Side Garden, and Window/Planter Boxes. Nearly 5,000 votes came in over just four days of voting.

The Reillys took the prize in the Front Garden category. Their front garden is filled with native plants and perennials that they said “look better every year. They have enhanced the look of our bungalow and draw about a zillion butterflies and bees!”

Dallas won by a landslide for the best Rear/Side Garden. She built her garden little by little over eight years, focusing on the visual look of the landscape and combining her eclectic tastes. “My intention with anything I design is ‘feel,’” Dallas said. “How does it make you feel? My garden, while being quite relaxing as a whole, has many surprises and visual treats that await the visitor who wishes to explore its nooks and crannies.”

Annie Picard of Galewood won for best Window/Planter Boxes.

The three winners were chosen out of a total of 57 submissions from throughout Chicago that were diverse and covered a variety of landscaping styles.

The collection of winners’ photos as well as runners-up and other interesting garden entries can be viewed on the Chicago Bungalow Association website,  www.chicagobungalow.org.

Smart Home Improvements Can Yield Big Returns

By Chanelle Rogers

Everyone loves a fancy outdoor living room but even the Property Brothers know that small investments in your home can pay off big in the long run.

Major projects like new windows, kitchen and bath remodels, master suite additions and basement renovations are costly but add good value. I’ve got some improvement ideas that won’t break the bank and will make you look like the smartest kid on the block!

According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost v. Value report, there are some pretty inexpensive upgrades that can actually give more bang for your buck. The chart toppers include energy-saving improvements like new insulation, curb appeal pizzazz like new landscaping and an attractive garage door, and improved safety measures like steel security doors.

Another trending category for improvements is Universal Design — ways to accommodate the elderly and disabled, ensuring that existing or newly installed features can be used by them just as easily as anyone else. Think shower grip bars and lever-style door handles; these upgrades offer a 68.4% return.

You can expect a 64% average return on home improvement projects, but here are some minor improvements you can finish before the summer ends and see big returns down the road when you’re ready to sell your home.

Project: Attic Insulation

Cost: $1,410

Resale Value: $1,248

Return: 88.5%

 

Project: Steel Entry Door

Cost: $1,522

Resale Value: $1,589

Return: 101.4%

 

Project: New Garage Door

Cost: $2,094

Resale Value: $1,791

Return: 85.5%

 

Project: New Landscaping

Cost: $2,000

Resale: $2,100

Return: 105%