In Northern Colorado one of the things you can count on the most is the unpredictable weather. Our favorite cliche? If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes. Sometimes it can feel just like that, especially to some who may have moved here from other parts of the country. One of the most inconsistent factors is the amount of water that we get from year to year. Some years, we are flush with snowpack and spring rain, others we are struggling to keep our lawn’s green in early spring. We essentially live in a desert which can make lawn care somewhat of a challenge without an irrigation system. At Winding River Inspection Services, we have been the premier home inspection services in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas. We often are asked by our clients if installing an underground irrigation system is worth it when selling a home, and the answer is a resounding “yes.”

Evaluate Your Current Irrigation System

If your yard does not have a sprinkler system, or a hacked up DIY system, adding one could benefit your home value. Newer homes generally have an irrigation system, but many older homes rely on the old drag and drop method with sprinklers. Older homes that have a sprinkler system are probably in desperate need of an upgrade. Over time a sprinkler system will degrade and through no other actions other than deterioration and the movement of the earth, will eventually destroy the system. A sprinkler system is made of thin walled pipe that is somewhat flexible, think PVC pipe that can be rolled up. Even though these pipes are buried in the ground they can become brittle and acted upon by rocks or tree roots. This causes holes in the pipe and obvious disadvantages to your sprinkler system. If your system is more than 20 years old, it should be given a thorough evaluation and replaced if necessary.    

Installation Is Not As Disruptive As You Think

If your system is not performing as expected or you need to add a whole new system, you may worry about the installation tearing up your grass, especially if you are planning on listing your home. Current technology will allow for the installation of a full irrigation system to be installed with minimal disturbance to your yard. That means no big trenches, and no ripping up massive swaths of grass. In fact, a good sprinkler installation company can put in a whole system with minimal disruption to your yard.             

Upgrade Before You List

A sprinkler system can be a make or break item when it comes to buying a home for some customers. Your home value will increase with a sprinkler system that is functioning well and intuitive to use. If you need an upgrade or installation, be sure and complete the work before listing. While there is nothing we can do about the weather in Northern Colorado, a sprinkler system can make your lawn green, even though the hottest July days. Contact Winding River Inspection Services for more information about pre- and post-sale home inspections.