What are the benefits of trees when it comes to property value?
Trees are often an easily forgotten factor when dealing with buying or selling homes, but they actually can have a significant impact on the overall value, both positively and negatively. Things like curb appeal and privacy can increase the value of your home, while things like trees blocking a view or blocking sunlight can negatively impact the value of your property.
Either way, it is important to consider how trees can affect the price of your home or the home that you’re hoping to buy.
Which types of trees provide the most benefits?
This question isn’t as much about which types of trees offer the most benefits but is more about the placement of trees around your property and the benefits or negative impacts that the placements may have.
Uniqueness – The unique placement of trees is sometimes an appealing factor to potential buyers. If you live in a housing development where many houses on a street look the same (or in some cases, identical) then a well-placed tree in your front garden can give your home some individuality. They make your house more memorable and attractive, offering individuality to your buyers. This also goes hand-in-hand with curb appeal.
Curb Appeal – This is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they view your home and it can be a big factor in their decision-making. Having an unsightly garden with dead trees, overgrown leaves and branches everywhere don’t usually give off the best first impression. However, well maintained and trimmed garden leaves a good impression and might even be a deciding factor when buying a property.
Privacy – Probably one of the biggest benefits to some trees is that they offer a great deal of privacy if placed in the right areas. This is especially important for properties that are built up on busy estates and have back-to-back gardens overlooking properties. Some well-placed trees in your garden can provide privacy and block nosey neighbours from seeing in your garden, or even into your property, additionally, it can also provide some sound barrier from any busy roads that might be close by.
In the end, the placement of trees around a property really depends on your situation and whether you are buying or selling. If you’re selling your property that has trees, consider whether or not they are beneficial by providing privacy or shade, or whether they are disadvantageous by blocking sunlight or causing damage to your property.
What should you do if you’re not sure whether a tree will increase or decrease the value of your home?
If you’re unsure, there’s no shame in calling a local tree surgeon to assess the trees around a property and give an expert opinion on their value. They will be able to tell you whether or not the trees are healthy if they are a benefit or disadvantage to the property, and even how much it would cost to remove them if necessary.
Are there any disadvantages to having trees around my property?
Block Views – If your property is on top of a hill with a beautiful view then it seems a shame to block the view with a tree. Alternatively, if you are looking to buy a property and the estate agent mentions that there is a “lovely view” then make sure to ask whether or not there are trees in the way, as this could decrease the value of the home.
Block Sunlight – A tree that blocks sunlight is a disadvantage for some and a benefit for others, depending on whether or not you are a sun lover. Usually, though, a tree that directly blocks sunlight from entering a property (or falling on a garden) is commonly seen as disadvantageous.
Roots Cause Damage – Typically, the bigger the tree, the bigger the problems that can be caused. Some people are unaware that large trees can have roots that span and grow up to two or three times the size of the canopy (the span of the leaves at the top of the tree). This can be a bit of a problem for larger trees as the strong roots can actually push building foundations, shift bricks and cause cracks and damage to property. For most people, this isn’t a problem, but it’s something to be aware of if larger trees surround a property.
Tree Insurance Premiums – Some home insurance providers will charge more to insure a property that is surrounded by trees, as the risk of property damage is much higher. Not just as a result of roots that can cause damage to the structural integrity of the property but also by means of trees falling onto a property in the unfortunate event of a storm.
How much does it cost to plant and maintain a tree?
If you’re a homeowner and have decided to invest in some trees for your property, then the cost will obviously be a consideration. The price of trees can range from a few pounds for a small sapling to hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds for a larger tree.
The cost of planting and maintaining a tree really depends on the size and type of tree that you choose. For example, a small fruit tree might only cost a few pounds to buy and plant but will need annual pruning and feeding, whereas a larger oak tree could cost hundreds of pounds but would only need to be pruned every few years.
When it comes to maintenance, the main costs associated with trees are usually related to pruning and removal. For smaller trees, such as fruit trees, annual pruning is often necessary to keep them healthy and productive. For larger trees, such as oaks, pruning is usually only required every few years.
What if I need to hire a tree surgeon?
If you find yourself needing the services of a tree surgeon, you should consider WGS Tree Services, which has a lot of experience with trees on properties and can offer a wide range of services, from planting to felling.