Over 60% of homes are viewed online before the potential buyer contacts an agent which means before the buyer can drive down your street and see your amazing neighborhood they’ve already decided whether your house is worthy of visiting. What’s completely overlooked by sellers is that people have to fall in love with the exterior. Most have already made plans to update the interior to their liking but do not want to be bothered with an unkempt exterior.
Proper landscaping will exaggerate the key features of a house and draw your eye to a focal point. When prospective buyers arrive at a home, they are 65 % sure that the home will be or will not be a good investment before stepping inside the house. The overall objective to your tree care is to raise the esthetic value while adding a tangible real value with the types of trees you add.
According to a study conducted by South Carolina’s Clemson University, the financial return on good tree care is 100% or more. No other home improvement comes close; not even a remodeled kitchen or an additional bathroom. If you buy an immature tree for $100 and that tree grows to a height of 40 feet, it will add somewhere between $1,000 to $10,000 to the value of your house. So says the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. Mature trees generate an ROI between 10 – 100 times.
What else do you own that you get to enjoy for 5-10 years and then sell it for MORE than you pay for it? We don’t know of anything else. Not a car. Not furniture. Nothing… except trees.
When you’re ready to sell your home, you can expect to sell the house faster and for more money when you have great curb appeal. Houses with great landscape curb appeal reduces the time it takes to sell a house by 10-15% and increases the selling price by 7-19%, according to a joint project by the National Gardening Association and the University of Washington. The International City/County Management Association claims a home with healthy, mature trees can get 20% more than a home without. Landscape economist John Harris says the differential can be as high as 28%.
The thing about trees is that the more mature they are when you buy them, the more expensive they are. To get the greatest return you’ll need to plant immature trees 5-7 years before you sell your home. According to the US Census Bureau, the median duration of home ownership is 5.9 years. That means you’ll want to plant and care for new trees when you buy your home in order to get the most financial return out of it when you sell your house.