The value of trees around your home

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Maintaining your garden as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible is one of the primary challenges of any property owner. Garden maintenance may account for circa 10% of a home owner’s budget with the percentage rising even further with new legislation, increased liability insurances and local government rulings.

By implementing a well thought out maintenance plan, your garden can help reduce your total house budget whilst increasing comfort levels and quality of life. When looking for ways to increase the value of your home, don’t forget to look outside.

The trees and shrubs in your garden are money makers waiting to grow in value. So why neglect them? Maintenance costs money……Neglect costs a fortune. Money can grow on your trees, when they receive the proper care.

Trees are often the keepers of some of our fondest memories. Measuring a trees value is indeed a difficult task and depends on the individual’s relationship and the thoughts inspired. A trees monetary value can be measured in terms of its timber or fire wood. It is more difficult to assess its aesthetic value.

Aesthetic Value

The aesthetic value of landscape trees can be measured by determining how property values increase when gardens have trees in them. Property values may increase by as much as 20% when the garden is landscaped. Research has shown that homebuyers prefer a sophisticated landscape design that incorporates vigorous, mature trees and brightly coloured shrubs and bushes.

Tree appraisal considers a variety of factors such as the health, size, species, location and proximity of buildings. Often a monetary appraisal is made when a Court of Law awards financial compensation to a homeowner should someone vandalise a tree (s) on his or her property. If you are thinking about selling your home, the correct tree care performed by a qualified arborist will help you capitalize on your investment. Whilst pruning and other basic garden (quick fix) services may be appealing to a potential buyer. The most cost-effective way to maintain healthy trees is preventative care.