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How trees can affect the value of your property (for good and bad)

Who doesn’t love a large tree in their yard? It can provide much-needed shade on a hot day, block out the neighbours and be generally pleasant to look at too.

There’s no questioning that trees can add value to properties for a variety of reasons, however the wrong kind of tree can turn a dreamy home into a nightmare.

The key is in knowing what to look out for when it comes to trees at properties, and when to know if it’s time to give a tree the chop.

What trees will boost property value?

There’s no one tree in particular that is going to guarantee an increase in your property’s value, but there are some general characteristics to look out for.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a tree:

  • Consider the purpose of the tree – do you want a standout feature tree, or a tree to add privacy?
  • Decide whether you want a tree to be deciduous or not. A deciduous tree can be good when you want to let in sunlight in winter, but block it out in summer.
  • Choose a tree that is suited to where you live. Natives are often best.
  • Know how big a tree will grow to help you determine if it’s suitable.
  • Try and find a tree that will be low-maintenance, as future property owners may not want to keep on top of upkeep.
  • Consider the style of property and whether a tree complements it or not.

All of the above may sound like a tough ask, but different trees are suited to different properties so there is no one size fits all answer. The best thing you can do is ask at your local garden nursery or find a landscaper who will give you specific advice regarding your tree selection.

Some popular trees to plant however include frangipanis, maples, magnolias and the faithful lilly pilly for screening. Citrus trees such as lemon, lime or orange also tend to have universal appeal, with the added benefit of producing fruit.

Also keep in mind that tree placement is important. You don’t want to block out attractive views or take away valuable sunlight from the house.

What to watch out for:

Not all trees are created equal. There are a few types of trees that can be concerning for property owners due to the potential of causing damage.

It’s best not to plant any large trees too close to a property. A general rule of thumb is not to plant a tree any closer to your house than it’s full mature height. So for example, if a tree grows to 5m high it shouldn’t be planted closer than 5m to the house.

However, height isn’t the only concern when it comes to trees. Some trees, such as fig trees, have very invasive roots that can cause damage to plumbing and foundations.

If there is a large tree that looks concerning at a property it is best to get advice about the potential for removal. A qualified arborist will be able to let you know if you should remove a tree or not.

 

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