When you’re thinking about your home’s resale value home improvements such as a new roof, gutters, siding, or kitchen readily spring to mind. However, your home’s exterior is the first thing visitors see, whether they’re friends coming for a visit or potential home buyers viewing the house. It might surprise you to know if you’re considering home selling your home or wanting to do a project that improves your curb appeal, trees can boost the value of your property.
Benefits of Trees
Several recent real estate related surveys revealed that, for homebuyers, trees were more of a selling point than a lush lawn or flowering garden beds. The many benefits of healthy trees growing on a property include:
- Can increase the resale value of your home from three percent to 20 percent
- Adds visual interest to landscaping
- Provides shade
- Reduces soil erosion
- Improves air quality
- Acts as a sound barrier
How to Pick a Tree
In order to select the right type of trees to boost property value, think long-term. Mature trees that are tall or shrubs that are full and well-developed have more appeal to prospective home buyers than saplings or newer plantings. Guidelines for selecting trees that will boost your property value are:
- Select trees that are native to your location and compatible with your cold hardiness zone
- Choose the tree for specific attributes that would be beneficial to your property such as height, width, fast growing, large canopy, and minimal pruning
- When selecting a tree, know the type of soil in your yard
- Position the tree according to its likes and dislikes – some trees like the sun, while other trees prefer the shade
- Plant a tree with the future in mind – give each tree you plant room to grow and adequate space around it once its reached maturity
Tips for Added-Value Landscaping
When planting trees, shrubs, and small bushes don’t place them too close to the house – tall trees might drop leaves directly into the gutters and on the roof or shrubbery can damage siding.
Instead of a fence, plant a row of trees as a privacy screen or a living wall. Select trees that won’t grow too tall.
Plant deciduous trees on the west and south sides of your home; they will provide shade from the sun.
If you want your landscaping to include climbers plant them in pots or garden beds with trellises rather than allowing them to grow directly on the siding of your home.
Keeping to local species is also good advice for landscaping in general. More elaborate landscaping that include exotic plants or a formal garden might inspire a potential home buyer to think “high maintenance” rather than “it’s beautiful.”
Before planting fruit trees in your yard consider some of the downsides such as insect pests, need for constant care and attention, and are more susceptible to diseases than other kinds of trees.
Select perennials over annuals – they require less upkeep in terms of time and resources.
Implement more eco-friendly landscaping elements such as composting, using mulch, replacing the lawn with groundcover, or planting a rain garden.