As we finally come out on the other side of what feels like a long winter hibernation, it’s exciting to see buds on the trees and the first pops of life push their way through the earth. Whether or not you enjoy gardening, as a homeowner you’ll want to capitalize on the opportunities your garden provides. It could be for your own pride of ownership, or to create natural curb appeal for a quick sale, or to invest in your yard for future increased home value.
If you’re interested in adding trees to your property, know that as they physically grow, they will also contribute to growth in your property value. How?
- Curb appeal & house value. A property with healthy, mature trees creates a visual appeal that can translate to a selling price of 5, 10 or even 15 percent more.
- Energy savings. Trees help to block the wind and also trap heat in the cold winter, while providing shade to help cool down our houses in the summer. Properly placed trees can not only save 20 to 50 percent in heating costs, they can also reduce your air conditioning needs by up to 30 percent! Trees can lower the air temperature by reducing glare and increasing humidity; the moisture evaporation from one large tree can have the same effect as ten room-sized air conditioners running all day.
- Breathe easier. Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborn particulates and reducing smog, enhancing the respiratory health of the local community and reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
There’s no better way to “grow” value at home than by planting and maintaining trees!
Article sources: www.moneysense.ca, www.fs.usda.gov, www.houselogic.com, www.earthday.ca