Measuring the value of your trees
Trees do so much for us, they are active members of our communities. Cities across the country save millions of dollars annually from the hard-work of urban trees. Whether it’s cleaning our air, purifying water, shading buildings, or beautifying landscapes, trees have proven to be valuable in community infrastructure.
The same could be said about trees in neighborhoods. When we commissioned Wakefield Research to conduct the 2016 NeighborWoods Month Survey, we learned what homeowners think about trees. We discovered that 63 percent of people surveyed would never buy a house that didn’t have trees in the yard. Trees are a deciding factor when buying a new home. In fact, Americans would pay 18 percent more for a house with trees in the yard.
Trees are some of the least expensive items you can add to your landscape and immediately earn value back. Landscaping with trees can increase property value by as much as 20 percent. And that’s just from an aesthetic view, it doesn’t account for the environmental and social benefits trees will add to your landscape.
Check out this National Tree Benefit Calculator to measure how much your landscape tree is saving you, and the benefits it’s giving your home.
A healthy community forest improves the health and well-being of residents. Research also indicates that neighbors are more active and more social with one another in neighborhoods with a strong canopy compared to those that are barren. So what are you waiting for? Plant more Trees.