Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Trees will Increase your Property Value

Homeowners, there is something important that you need to know about your property value. Those trees that you thought were simply convenient for providing cool summer shade may also be adding as much as ten percent to your property value, according to the United States Forest Service. The math is pretty impressive: If your beautiful, tree lined property is worth $400,000, your trees may be accountable for up to $40,000 of that total! Tree planting can be extremely rewarding. 

These numbers alone justify the claims that planting trees can be one of the most worthwhile investments on your home improvement list. A healthy tree will most likely stand much longer than your home will, let alone the new roof or garage you’ve been thinking about adding. 

There are many reasons to consider planting trees as a way to boost property value. The pleasant visual appearance can be worth a thousand words and a couple thousand bucks to boot. Any tree will complement existing home and garden styles. Small trees and shrubs can be perfect for hiding unsightly objects, such as air conditioners and composting bins. 

One surprising, long term benefit that many home owners overlook is the amount of money that can be saved. A couple of trees can beautify any gathering area, with relatively no upkeep compared to a garden or flower bed. Mature trees provide a stable root system, which reduces the level of water runoff during seasons of heavy rain. Water runoff can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home’s foundation, or ruin your existing landscaping. 

The key to increasing property value with trees is choosing the proper location and species of your tree. Choosing a tree that provides too dense of a shade cover may kill your grass or flowers. However, if you have an aggressive bush or shrub, a dense shade tree may help keep it under control. Planting a tree too close to your home or a power line may cause significant damage in the future. For the best bet on a low maintenance, healthy tree, consider asking your local garden center or professional tree service expert about the native tree varieties in your area.

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