Money Does Grow on Trees: Improving Your Property Value
The most natural way to increase your property value and improve your environment is with trees. There are numerous ways trees and shrubs can help and it’s not all just curb appeal.
A well-maintained landscape makes a home’s aesthetic more desirable than a similar home without a healthy landscape. A study done of realtors in American Forests, Arbor National Mortgage showed that 98% of realtors believe that mature trees have a “strong or moderate impact” on the stability of homes. In addition, according to a study done by Clemson University, “Homes with ‘excellent’ landscaping can expect a sale price of 6-7% higher than equivalent house with ‘good’ landscaping”.
Trees not only add value to your home’s appearance they can also have direct saving benefits as well. A house that is well shaded has a reduced cooling cost, according to the USDA Forest Service, “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%”. In addition, heating cost can be lowered as much as 20-50% when trees act as a windbreak. There is also the added bonus of trees providing privacy when placed correctly in your yard.
Concerned about the return on your investment of tree maintenance? Don’t be. The same Clemson University study that discussed ‘excellent’ landscaping also found that homeowners got 100% or more return on the money they spent on landscaping.
Trees are an easy, but cost-effective way to boost your home value and there are many benefits of planting and maintaining trees in your yard. Call our certified ISA arborist today to see how we can help you improve your property value!
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