Simply put, curb appeal matters. Not only does it show pride in ownership but also care for your neighborhood and community. Also, if you’re a homeowner looking to sell, prioritizing your landscaping and planting healthy trees is the best, most affordable and easiest way to increase your property value AND the value of neighboring homes, according to Forbes.com. In addition, your Return on Investment (ROI) could be as much as a 20% increase. Yes, you read that right, 20%! 

Below we've compiled our top 5 Tree Types for Adding Curb Appeal and Increasing Your Property Value. Under each tree type, you'll see a short list of suggestions. Please be advised that these are not exhaustive lists by any means and there are many more trees well suited for this task. So be sure to head over to our Shop Trees page when you're done here and check out our complete list of Tree Species and Collections. 

1. Parkway & Shade Trees 

Parkway & Shade Trees

Planting trees on your parkway is an easy way to not only beautify YOUR home but also your neighborhood. Street trees have many benefits, they moderate local climate, increase aesthetic value and they filter the air... just to name a few!

Shade trees can be planted around the home so that you’re optimizing your energy bill. “Large deciduous trees planted on the east, west, and northwest sides of your home create soothing shade from the hot summer sun and reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to 35%,” according to The Arbor Day Foundation. Now that’s something to think about!

 2. Privacy Trees 

privacy trees

When you plant privacy trees you’re actually planting a living wall and it becomes an extension of your home. It will make your backyard seem like a special private outdoor oasis. You can stagger trees, plant them in a row, you can plant them closer together, depending on the species, to create a hedge and you can even plant a variety of evergreen and deciduous trees for added aesthetic interest. There are so many options and you really can get creative here. It doesn’t have to be boring! The video at the end of this post will show exactly what we're talking about. 

 3. Windbreak Trees

Windbreak

Not only will these trees add curb appeal and increase your property value, but homeowners could also see as much as a 30% reduction in heating costs!

 4. Ornamental & Flowering Trees

Ornamental and flowering

Adding ornamental interest to the front of your home will draw the eye in and offer guests a warm welcome. These trees will intrigue the senses with their sometimes fragrant and beautiful spring flowers, bright fall color and through their branching structure and overall architectural appeal in the winter months. These beautiful features will be something special that home buyers can look forward to each season.  

 5. Long Living Trees

Long Living Trees

Have you ever heard the saying by Nelson Henderson, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”? It’s such a sweet sentiment and really the point is, not only you will see a return on investment but you will also have the assurance of many years of enjoyment for multiple generations and/or homeowners. Some of the trees listed below can have a lifespan of well over 100 years!

 *Bonus Video*

Tree Tour with iTrees.com owner, Chris Harford!

Be sure to watch until the end and just wait until you see this homeowner's Privacy Trees! 


Resources:

https://itrees.com/blog/post/sell-your-house-for-more-plant-trees

https://itrees.com/kb/topic/design-center/

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/4-ways-trees-add-value-your-property.htm

https://www.arborday.org/trees/benefits.cfm

https://www.arborday.org/trees/climatechange/summershade.cfm

https://www.forbes.com/sites/juliadellitt/2018/06/29/3-ways-to-increase-your-home-value-in-the-first-year/#3d359b7f4bf7


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