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4 Benefits of Doing Yard Work

Updated on May 23, 2017
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Clive Williams is an internet researcher and writer on many genres. He has a BSc. Degree in Information Systems.

They say that the home is where the heart is. But a home cannot be called a home until it is livable and lovable. Many of us home owners had gotten houses which we have transformed into homes by our very own blood sweat and tears. But once you have a home, the next thing to do is to keep that home in tip top shape and not let your home become so run down that it has dropped from the home status to now just your house. We keep our homes in tip top shape by doing yard work. Yard work can compromise of just landscaping to big home repairs or expansion. But let us look at the benefits of home owners doing basic yard work so we can see how valuable yard work is to your home.

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Yard Work

1. Gives You Exercise

Once you pick up a hammer, weed cutter or a paint brush. You have started to exercise your muscles and have begun to burn calories. According to the NIH, National Institute of Diabetics and Digestive and Kidney Disease:

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010 2, 3

  • More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
  • About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.

If that data doesn't shock you I don't know what will. People become overweight for a variety of reasons. Some of which include, health, improper diet and of course lack of exercise. Many people who are considered to be overweight can easily change that by diet change and some good exercise. Exercise doesn't mean you have to hit the Gym every day, it also means that you can simply put in a CD and dance away some calories or get busy around your home regularly by doing routine yard work. Routine yard work may involve landscaping, Cutting of trees, trimming of flowers and bushes etc. You can engage in minor home detailing such as simple hole repairs, sanding and repainting of doors etc. All these will surely make your work off some of those fatty sweats.

2. Your Yard Looks Good

A new door installed, a deck repair, or a fresh coat of paint can work wonders for your home. The thing about a home is that just like us humans body become run down and tired over time, so does our home. We humans will then do a lot of things to freshen up our look, to like sprucy and new again. We do plastic surgery, Brest, Buttocks, nose, facial and lips enhancement to take off the mileage of your aging body, simply to look good again. Well, you home requires the same level of treatment to keep looking fresh, unique and sprucy, Yard work enables you to give your home a temporary or long term make over to get back to that 5 year old home look and not that 60 year old home look. so the next time you decide to do some yard work, look at your home and see what you can do to make your home feel and look young again. Whether it be repairs or painting, your yard and neighbours will thank you for it.

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3. Yard Kept Clean

There are so many homes that are just a sight for sore eyes. The owners wilfully neglect to take care of their homes and have it rundown to the ground and eventually the home ends up becoming an addict’s haven. It is the right of all neighborhoods to be well kept when everyone takes time out to clean up their own spaces. An unclean yard can is a welcome sign to many pest which home owners do not want around. Unclean yards are havens for rats, raccoons, flies, termites, roaches, and mosquito and just about anything which fancies being around garbage and bushes. One of the benefits of keeping your yard clean is to ensure the health of your pet if you have one. If you are a dog owner, you know hoe fleas and ticks love to hitch a ride in your dog’s fur. When the yard is kept clean, you decrease the chances of having ticks and flea around. Ticks and flea tend to hang around on the edges of bushes and tall grass. When your pet passes, they just hop on board and begin their parasite party. When you cut your bushes, grass and dispose of debris and other garbage, there is no place left for ticks to manifest themselves unless they migrate from your neighbour’s unkept yard.

4. Improves or Maintains The Value of Your Property

There are several factors which will determine the value of your property if you want to sell or just want to have an idea of how much your home is worth in today's market. One of those factors which determine your market value for your home is actually the state of your home. Let’s take a look at this example. Two homes on the same street built the same way with the same amount of rooms can have to drastically different prices, why? One of those homes is well kept and yard work, repairs and home improvement is done while the other home is left up to the birds, bees, flowers and the trees. In other words, one house is unkept and run down. The house which is kept is valued at $250,000 dollars while the run down home is values at $75,000 dollars. Yes, an unkept home can reduce the value significantly if all the repairs pile up. So what do you do? You get up, do the necessary checks around and inside your home, write down a list of what needs fixing and what needs sprucing and get to work! Once you start doing that yard work, the value starts going back up almost immediately.

Doing Yard Work
Doing Yard Work

Final Thoughts

Aside from wanting to keep the value of your home, you the home owner must simply have it as an obligation to ensure that your dwelling is clean, kept, tidy and comfortable. Yard work is not a burden, it can be fun especially if family members and friends pitch in. Yard work keeps your place healthy and clean and we all know health is really important. So get out that weed cutter, buy those lumber, get out your silicone, paint, hammer and nails and go have fun doing your yard work.


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    • clivewilliams profile image

      Clive Williams 9 months ago from Jamaica

      Eric, you hit the nail on the head

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive it is a critical part of my mental and physical health. I heard once about yard work "happy wife, happy life".