Whether you’re trying to sell your property or planning to live there for many years, planting trees is a good investment:
Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100% to 200% at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75% to 125% recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20% to 120% recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20% to 50% recovery rate. Source: Money Magazine.
Landscaping can add between 7 and 15 percent to a home’s value. Source: The Gallup Organization.
Homes with “excellent” landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7 percent higher than equivalent houses with “good” landscaping, while improving landscaping from “average” to “good” can result in a 4 to 5 percent increase. Source: Clemson University.
A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. Source: Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.
In one study, 99% of real estate appraisers concurred that landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real estate. Source: Trendnomics, National Gardening Association
In one study, 83% of Realtors believe that mature trees have a “strong or moderate impact” on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%. Source: American Forests, Arbor National Mortgage.
Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home. Source: American Public Power Association.
Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50 percent and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit. Source: American Forests.
A single urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning, pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control, and wildlife shelter benefits. Source: American Forests.
Top reasons people garden: To be outdoors (44%); to be around beautiful things (42%); relax and escape the pressures of everyday life (39%); stay active and get exercise (35%). Source: American Demographics, Roper Report
This original article appeared courtesy of the American Nursery & Landscape Association.