Attractive, mature trees boost a property’s curb appeal, and offer shade and privacy for residents.
It is no secret that good landscaping increases a home’s value – and trees are an essential element of any design. According to Arborist News, having large established trees in yards can increase property value by as much as 15 per cent.
However, trees also contribute to a property’s ecological value, helping to clean the air and provide a home for local wildlife.
‘Trees add an unquantifiable environmental value by creating habitat for wildlife, such as birds,’ says Zander Caruso, plant, tree, and gardening expert at Barton Springs Nursery.
The good news is that most attractive mature trees will add value to a home. The exception is where they are planted too close to the house or have invasive roots, such as American elm and weeping willow. Yet, there are certain trees that will add more value than others.
Maintenance, however, is key: ‘When the goal of planting trees is to increase your property value, it’s important to keep them in good shape. Dead, rotting, or unstable trees will make prospective buyers run for the hills,’ says Veronica Sparks, owner of Homesteading Suburbia.
Large shade trees are particularly prized by homebuyers. ‘These not only add aesthetic value, but they can also reduce energy bills. They make the home cooler in the summer and giving the HVAC system a bit of a rest,’ says Veronica.
‘You just have to find the right balance when choosing a location to plant the tree. Too close to the house and you risk foundation issues due to the roots; too far away, and you may lose the shade benefits.’
Beautiful flowers, fall color, and fragrance are also value-adding features. But location is everything.
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