Do trees add to the value of your home?

photo of tree requires emergency tree serviceDid you know that the trees in your yard can actually add value to your home? So, exactly how can trees affect your home value? It comes down to the desirability of what’s growing in your yard and on your geographical location.

Mature trees in your yard can actually add value to your home as long as they are in good health and do not jeopardize the integrity of your home’s foundation. In fact, if you know the species of trees in your yard, you can actually determine how much value they will add to your home.

Bear in mind, however, that unhealthy or hazardous trees could actually detract from home value. A sickly tree that is in danger of breakage or falling, or a tree whose root system has grown so close to the home’s foundation that it’s causing bowing basement walls or other structural issues, could definitely have a negative effect on your property value. Charter Oaks provides emergency tree service in Central Ohio, including Worthington, Westerville, New Albany and many other Columbus communities, when a tree threatens your roof or foundation.

In addition to looking pretty, trees can be helpful on your property because they help to soak up excess water after a rain storm, provide shade to decrease energy bills in warm months, and help to minimize the amount of pollutants that drain into local streams and rivers. Trees help prevent soil erosion on hillsides or stream slopes, trees slow runoff and hold soil in place.Trees block things such as concrete walls or parking lots, and unsightly views. They muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare. Trees combat climate change. Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by many factors is a building up in our atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.

In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles. Trees have many benefits and can improve anything from health to property values if properly cared for.