When you incorporate a mature tree into your property's landscaping design, if done well, you could increase the value of your property by up to 20 percent. A well established tree lends a house a sense of completeness, as well as offers many practical benefits such as shade, sound proofing, and aesthetic appeal in the spring and summer months.
However, it is important that you plant your trees with an eye on what the future could entail in regards to possible issues. Focusing on solely the benefits could mean that you overlook the risks, and thus unwittingly lower the value of your property.
If you are planning on planting a tree, or wish to assess a tree that is already established on your property, keep the following points in mind.
It Could Be Too Close to Your Home
Planting too close to your home could work against you in a few years time, once the tree is established. This is why it is important that you study tree species carefully before making a selection. Some trees, for example, might look stunning, such as a weeping willow; however, their invasive root systems may invade the sewage and drainage pipes around your home.
Similarly, other tree species which when mature, such as the silver maple, might be pleasing to the eye but can reach a height of up to a hundred feet, and so should be planted at least 30 feet from your home. Otherwise, your property could be damaged by falling branches in windy conditions.
It Might Be Blocking a Desirable View
Large trees also provide a home with privacy. However, if placement is not properly considered, you could end up blocking a nearby scenic view.
It May Require Too Much Maintenance
High maintenance trees such as the boxelder and the silver maple, which are notorious for having weak structural integrity, could put prospective buyers off. If left to grow out of control, these trees can create a real mess in the surrounding area. Not only do their roots tear up driveways and walls, but the debris they drop in windy conditions is both untidy and dangerous.
If you already have this type of tree on your property and wish to put your home up for sale, you would be wise to hire an arborist to prune it to a more manageable size before inviting anyone to view your home.
Its Canopy Could Be Blocking the Sun
Allowing your trees to grow naturally; without your intervention, may also eventually leave your home shrouded in shade during the summer months. Ideally, you should hire an arborist to prune large trees annually to ensure that growth is controlled, and that you can enjoy both sunlight and any attractive views within eyeshot.
Are you planning to put your home up for sale in the near future, but are not sure of the impact your tree may have on its value? Then, you should hire the services of an arborist to assess your tree and prune it back if necessary. Doing so could help you to sell your home for what you think it is worth.