Everyone understands the importance of curb appeal. However, much of the discussion surrounding this homeselling hot topic centers on smaller landscaping features like flowers and shrubs. Little attention is paid to their taller, sturdier counterparts: trees. It’s a shame, because these bark-covered beauties can earn sellers serious cash.
Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service studied more than 2,500 real estate transactions in Portland, Oregon and found that sellers with trees earned over $7,000 more than their tree-less competitors. Plus, their homes sold faster. Another study found that well-landscaped yards with trees increase home values from 7 to 19 percent.
Those looking to replicate such gains should formulate a planting plan and consult with a professional landscape designer. Most buyers prefer mature trees that look nice and provide privacy.
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