There are a lot of ways to add value to a property: new kitchen, new bathroom, room or home addition, but did you know that landscaping and trees can also add value?
Most of us think that trees are beautiful creatures, towering over the earth and adding valuable oxygen back into the air and if you have a few trees on your property it’s worthwhile to take care of them properly. And… The can even add value to your property by up to 20%!
But, they do have to be healthy. No homebuyer is going to check out a property with dead, rotting, or dying trees on their property so let’s figure out how to take care of them to add that value to your home.
Reasons Trees Add Value to Properties
There’s just something about beautiful, lush, green trees to a landscape to make it look lush and inviting. Trees can be one of the first things that homebuyers see so making a good impression starts with the trees. It’s important to keep your trees well trimmed, pruned, and maintained. Trees that have developed odd shapes after years of neglect can really deter buyers. If you’re planning on listing your home, having a tree care company trim the trees, check for healthy trunks and root systems, and shape the trees should be on your staging to do list.
If you’re planning on selling your home this spring, having a tree care company trim and prune your trees in the winter before you list your home will give the tree time to recover from the trimming and create a boost in growth come springtime.
Shade trees can also add value to your home but it’s important to have them trimmed in the right way. Kids can play under a shade tree, they were great for the front or backyard depending on where the sunshine’s the strongest, and you can plant shade tolerant plants beneath the tree for added landscaping. Regular trimming maintains the shade trees canopy shape so it blocks the sunlight effectively.
Having trees on your property also offers soil stability. Erosion can occur when flowing water rinses away the soil on your property and it can become a problem around the foundation of your house. If you have a lot of trees, as long as they are not affecting the foundation directly, they can help prevent erosion and keep the soil stable. You may not have to tend to drainage systems or repair the foundation as often.
Poorly maintained trees are not just an eyesore, they can also cause a dangerous situation to your property, outbuildings, vehicles, people, and pets. Trees with weak branches may experience a sudden branch drop on your roof, through a window, or on a vehicle and poorly maintained trees can also attract insects, disease, and pests. If buyers see a tree in your yard that’s been well cared for, it may also give them peace of mind that the rest of the property has been well maintained.
Poorly maintained trees can also have dead limbs susceptible to fungal infection, which actually might attract bugs, spiders, and fungus. If you have a healthy tree, it can attract desirable wildlife like birds, squirrels, and chipmunks.
Different trees tend to attract different types of animals. For instance, owls love beach trees, butterflies love cherry and cedar trees, and hocks love to perch in cottonwoods. You might even hang a bat house in one of your trees to keep the insects in your yard at bay.
Properly maintained trees can not just add value but can add appeal, warmth, shade, and a more stable property overall. But, they must be well-maintained. Give us a call now to set up a consultation on maintaining your properties trees, especially if you’re planning on selling in the next few months.
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