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How Trees Add Value to Your Property

It’s True What They Say – Money Does Grow on Trees!

Boost your property value, save energy, beautify your home, and enjoy the health benefits!

First of all, there are many less visible benefits that make trees valuable assets. As a result, trees enhance our environment by producing oxygen, cooling your home, preventing erosion, and filtering pollutants. Trees also act as great sound barriers reducing noise pollution by as much as 40% and also provide your home with added privacy. Here on the Big Island of Hawaii, we have great year-round growing climates for fruiting and flowering trees.

We have beautiful tropical flowers trees such as plumeria, puakenikeni, paklan, and more. Planting these flowers around your home is not only aesthetically pleasing, but the sweet aroma of our tropical flowers entering you nostrils is pure bliss. We also have a plethora of fruit trees from avocado, mango, a variety of citrus, starfruit, banana trees, etc. By harvesting the fruit from your trees you could potentially feed your family for years to come. You could also make extra money by taking fruit from your trees down to the local farmer’s market.

Photo courtesy of Makaha Mangoes

Property Value

If you have just moved into a new home, planting a tree would be a great first investment. A well-planted property and its surrounding street and neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 25%. Greenery attracts green, you should definitely consider planting a new tree or improving the condition of the ones you have so you can make your property more attractive and make more money on the sale of your home. Homes landscaped with trees sell more quickly and are worth 5% to 15% more than homes without trees.

Photo Courtesy of Gardener’s Path

Save Energy

Trees planted in certain areas of your property can dramatically reduce cooling costs. By effectively landscaping your property you can reduce your cooling bill by almost 50% a year! The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. (U.S. Department of Agriculture) 

Photo Courtesy of Gardenerdy

Health Benefits

There are many health benefits of trees. Trees clean the air, a tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. In addition, trees absorb odors and pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and ozone, and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. Other health benefits of trees:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves mood
  • Increases ability to focus
  • Increases energy level
  • Improves sleep

Photo Courtesy of Kauai Farmacy

A Certified Arborist can provide you with a free consultation to discuss proper planting techniques, tree placement, trimming, removals, and more.

Local Arborist Zack Weimer of Tropical Tree Care

About the Author

Sasha Boler

Sasha Boler is a REALTOR Salesperson with Hawai'i Life. I was born and raised in sunny California. My love for the Hawaiian Islands started when I was a little girl. My father surprised my family with a trip to Hawaii. I went on hikes, dolphin adventures, snorkeling, and ran through the rainbow eucalyptus forrest swinging from the vines. That was one of my most fondest memories as a child and I knew that one day, I would return to Hawaii and make it my home. I am coming into real estate with a background in the service industry. I've worked at prestigious resorts like the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Being in the service industry I've gained many skills such as resiliency, multi-tasking, communication, attention to detail, and most importantly customer service. I am an innovative young realtor with a tenacious attitude that allows me to accomplish any task and never give up. I can help you with all of your real estate needs from buying, selling, CMA's, and investment properties. I live by the Golden Rule, I will be responsive, value your time, listen, and do whatever it takes to help you buy or sell your home. During my free time, I enjoy hanging out at the beach, hiking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and attending church on Saturday mornings with my family. You can email me at SashaBoler@HawaiiLife.com or via phone at (808) 936-9383.

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