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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 (S), PSA, e-PRO® with Hawai'i Life. As a proud member of the West Hawaii Association of Realtors, I am professionally trained to assist my clients with all types of real estate transactions including traditional sales and purchases, investment property transactions, and Comparative Market Analysis (CMAs). When choosing to work with me home sellers have access to a plethora of marketing strategies & massive exposure to sell their home for top value. Some marketing strategy tools that I currently use include blogging, e-blasts, Facebook, Instagram, open houses, Caravans (local networking), mailers, photography, SEO, Google-Based Website, and our Hawaii Life TV (viewer worldwide). To my valued home buyers I offer no-cost educational resources such as First Time Home Buyer Seminars where I provide valuable information on financing requirements and referrals to qualified lenders (if needed), and hands-on assistance with finding, selecting and evaluating properties. Of course, all of my clients can expect to receive professional support in their real estate transactions from start to finish. I live by the Golden Rule and pledge to always be responsive, value your time, listen, and do whatever it takes to help you buy or sell your home. You can email me at SashaBoler@HawaiiLife.com or via phone at (808) 936-9383.

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