You see them in almost every neighborhood, but did you realize that trees are a great way to raise the value of your home?
According to a diagram presented by the arbor day foundation, trees can increase the value of your property by up to 15%. That’s a big shift! If you owned a home that is valued at $200,000, but added trees, apparently it could be worth up to $230,000. I’m not sure how they got their numbers, but they are definitely right about the benefits, which include:
-Wind Breaker – decreasing the amount of wind that can hit your house will help keep the house in better shape along with lowering the heating bills in the winter.
-Shade – By providing shade, trees can decrease your heating and cooling costs by up to 30%. They also decrease the heat island effect by lowering neighborhood temperatures.
-Food – You can plant things like apple trees in your yard and save yourself money that you would be spending at the grocery store. Why not turn your backyard into a productive area?
For a fairly low initial investment, trees can be a great way to increase the appeal of your house, create food for your family, and decrease your utility bills each month.
Tree image from krow10 and diagram image source Arbor Day Foundation, Copyright 2012