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For most of us our home is our most valuable asset. It is, by far, the most expensive thing that we own. So, understandably, we do our best to look after it. We know that keeping it looking nice and in a good state of repair will help us to secure a higher price when it is time to sell. This is true, but there is a really quick and easy way to add value to a home. In some cases, tens of thousands of dollars can be added.
Well there is. It is as simple as going to somewhere like The Tree Center, selecting the right type of tree and planting it in the right place. All you have to do then is to occasionally spray it to prevent disease and maybe cut it back every 10 years or so.
In this case, money really does grow on trees. According to the U.S Forest Service a homeowner can add up to 20% to the value of their property. According to recent research carried out by the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can easily be worth between $1000 and $10,000.
But, it does not end there. The right trees and shrubs can help you to save money in other ways.
Save money on your energy bills
If you live somewhere that is prone to extreme weather conditions, the right trees can help you to considerably reduce your power bills. Provided you plant them in the right place trees can create shade for your home during the warmer months. The fact that your home is cooler means that you will end up spending less on air-conditioning.
In colder climates, the right type of trees can also help. A thick hedge or stand of evergreen conifers can make a great windscreen. Keeping much of the biting wind away from your property will mean that you will have to spend less on heating.
Take up space in your garden
If you have a large garden you will know that buying all of the plants you need to keep it looking nice can work out to be very expensive. Over the course of several decades it is surprising how much you can end up spending. Plus, of course, taking care of all of those plants will burn up a lot of your precious time. Once established trees cost very little to maintain. Caring for a tree will very rarely take up much of your time.
You only have to plant one, maybe two, trees to fill up a large percentage of your garden with something that is visually pleasing. This can greatly reduce the number of plants you have to buy to keep your garden looking at its best.
How to choose the right tree
However, to get all of the financial benefits highlighted above you have to choose the right type of tree. Fortunately, it is not hard to get advice about doing this. All you need to do is to identify your local forestry authority and go to their website to get the guidance you need.
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