Can Trees Help Sell Your Home?

The population of Canada nearly doubled from 1950 to 2000 but with that growth our water demands have more than tripled. At this point in time these are numerous Towns & Cities experiencing water shortage.

That's disappointing news to homeowners who love their green lawns and think that they add value to their homes. The good news is that a yard can still look attractive and yet use less water to maintain its beauty.

"Recent studies show increase in sale value was accounted for by added tree cover. The results show that each $1.00 invested in upgrading an average landscape to excellent quality returns $1.35 in added property value." While most homeowners know that landscape is a big draw for buyers, they are unsure of how much and what kinds of landscaping affect the property value.

The study concludes that, "The results show that improvement in landscaping form average to excellent quality increases house sale price by 10.8 percent, with approximately 30 percent of the increase in sale value due to added tree cover." The authors also noted that landscape provides a relaxing and enriching quality for the homeowner and the neighborhood. "The report also pointed out that the landscaping could help with utility costs, "Moreover, tree cover is important to the homeowner because trees provide shade in summer and shelter in winter, possibly reducing heating and cooling costs.

If you're considering adding tree coverage here are a few tips to help you choose what will work best in your landscape.

  1. Visit a nursery and get expert help. Trees are not temporary.

  2. Look for water-efficient trees. Trees can use even less water than the lowest water-use grass.

  3. Trees planted on the south and west aside of homes can help provide shade and cool the home.

  4. Consult your local water department which can provide lists and tips on water-saving and fire-resistant types of vegetation.