RTEC has the secret to adding great value to your property. No, you don’t need to install a fancy water feature or a Zen garden to increase your home’s value, the solution is a lot simpler! In fact, you just need healthy plants. Sounds too easy, doesn’t it? But, did you know that healthy mature trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value? RTEC Treecare is here to help you get the best out of your property investment by being your reliable partner for all tree and shrub care.
The Impact of Healthy Trees on Home Value
Almost anyone can find some form of value in a nice yard. Whether you’re a nature lover, have pets, host grill nights, or just like some well-placed shade, having a well-maintained property has endless benefits. But what is the real return on your investment in your property’s landscaping? Is spending money on plant health care even worth it? Well, based on a number of peer-reviewed scientific studies, the answer is yes! Having healthy trees and plants can directly increase home value.
One study from Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, a publication by the International Society of Arboriculture, found that the average value of a tree canopy on residential properties is over $20,000, or about 10% of the sale price of a home! Additionally, properties with older, mature, healthy trees will bring back more value than a property with younger plantings.
According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, professionally landscaped properties can fetch 15-20% more value at the time of resale than homes with less developed landscapes.
Bonus Value of Having Healthy Trees:
- Shade coverage reduces air conditioning and home energy usage. As stated by the USDA Forest Service, “strategically placed trees save up to 56% on annual air-conditioning costs. Evergreens that block winter winds can save 3% on heating.”
- Improved air quality, especially if you’re living in a city area with higher levels of air pollution.
- Curb appeal. Let’s be honest, having the best-kept yard in the neighborhood is enough satisfaction on its own!
- Increased wildlife bio-diversity. While we always recommend native plantings first, having non-invasive non-native plants can also boost biodiversity.
- Improvement of mental health! Studies show that spending time in nature decreases stress levels and can even lower blood pressure levels!
Sick Trees Can Depreciate Your Homes Value
Looks aren’t everything. The truth is, having more trees and shrubs on your property won’t add much value if those plants are not healthy! Studies have shown that having unsightly or dead plants can actually decrease your home’s value. Tree care is a long-term investment, there is no one-and-done magic trick to having a beautiful yard. We don’t expect anyone to get all their yard work done all at once; that’s why it’s important to have a program executed by trained professionals who will guarantee your yard gets all the TLC it needs!
We understand it may be hard to see the immediate value of a healthy yard, so take into consideration that landscape improvements return 100 to 200 percent of their cost when a home is sold! The American Society of Landscape Architects says their rule of thumb is to invest 10 to 20 percent of your home’s value to get the best resale investment.
RTEC Can Improve and Maintain Your Home’s Value
Not sure where to begin to maintain your investment? We’ve got you covered. RTEC Treecare has a variety of programs that can be catered to your unique property. Our arborists are available to discuss your interests and concerns to determine which program is best for you and your home!
Canopy Protection Program
The Canopy Protection Program is by far our most popular program. If you’re looking for total tree and shrub care year-round, this is the program for you. This program has three levels, allowing you to choose which one works best for your property! Whether you stick to the Essential Bio-Stimulant option or go for the full Premier choice, your plants will thank you. To learn more about our different plan options, click here for pricing.
Fall Lawn Program
This is our newest plant healthcare program, and there couldn’t be a better time to get it! This program is designed to enrich turf to improve the overall appearance and health of your lawn. Using a combination of aeration, overseeding, and a natural fertility add-on, you will have a more lush healthy lawn without any harsh chemicals!
General Tree Work
While plant health care is a vital component to increasing home value, don’t underestimate the power of professional tree work! Regular maintenance pruning, removal of dead trees, and grinding down unsightly stumps can all have a positive impact on your yard’s appearance.
Whether you are planning to move soon or have found your forever home, taking care of your landscape ensures you are getting a good return on your investment. Meet with one of RTEC’s certified arborists to decide which plan is best for your property!