A Must Read! Increase the Value of Your Home in One Day

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Bryan-College Station TREC# 499368

So, you've bought the house of your dreams and moved in. What's the next step? Remembering that one day, whether you realize it or not today, you'll be selling. Increasing the value of your home isn't just a blitz right before you list it. Protecting and increasing the value of your home starts the day that you write the offer.

So you've closed now. What is the number one thing to do as soon as you've bought the home? If I could tell you that in one day you could make a change to increase the value of your home by possibly up to 20%, decrease your utility bills, and reduce your stress while helping the entire ecology of our area would you be interested? You can! Quick, plant trees!

In any area this holds true, but in our area it's of prime importance. Bryan and College Station, actually all of Brazos Valley, has traditionally been used as farm land. Trees in fields aren't a great value, as they provide unneeded shade and reduce the area given for crops or livestock. Therefore many were eliminated. The remaining trees in many cases, are Post Oaks. Post Oak trees are beautiful trees and very hardy, when given a natural enviroment. They are, however, very resistant to change and to human intervention. Pouring a slab close to their root system, watering them with clorinated and processed water, putting a tree house in them or driving over or near their root systems are all huge problems for these gorgeous natives. In other words, as homeowners, we don't play nice with them. They tend to die within a year of a new property being built on, leaving you with a big empty space in your yard.

Here's some quick statistics on the value of a tree:

Dr. Roger S. Ulrich of Texas A&M University stated that "in laboratory research, visual exposure ot settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension."

The USDA Forest Service states "Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20-50 percent in energy used for heating"

The Management Information Services/ICMA states "Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent."

According to the US Department of Agriculture "The net cooling effect of a young, healty tree is equivilant to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day."

"A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000," according to the Concil of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.

Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research states "if you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%."

Wow, lower your blood pressure, decrease your utility bills and increase your property value in one fell swoop! Definately a recipe for success!!!!!!!

For more information on local tree farms and resources visit my website.

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Chris Tesch

RE/MAX Bryan-College Station


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Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

       -- Joyce Kilmer
Great post, Chris!  
Sep 29, 2008 03:55 AM #1
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Chris--What a great reminder! We did this when we moved in 10 years ago. Each year planting or transplanting 10-20 pines. One year we planted 4 apple trees when they were being discounted. In fact all were bought at a discount, transplanted from another area or ordered from the DNR for $1. Our once flat open treeless acre in the front of our house is screened from the road by a variety of trees...Great curb appeal and for very low cost and the only investment was time!

Sep 29, 2008 04:48 AM #2
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Chris, I LOVE TREES and think that is great advice.  We have lots of trees in our area but I'm amazed at the back yards that don't have a tree in them.  Now a lot of those trees at the moment are in the street, the ditches, on the houses, on the cars etc. 

Sep 29, 2008 01:35 PM #3
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

too funny - here - we tell people to take down a few trees - most of our land is forested though and for fire safety a little thining is a good idea - nice to see you here

Sep 29, 2008 05:17 PM #4
James Wexler
wexzilla.com - Scottsdale, AZ

never thought about it in scientifc terms. However, always seems more peaceful with trees around. Does the report say anything about cactus (for us here in aZ) :)

Oct 15, 2008 02:28 AM #5
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate

James, no reports on the value of cactus.  I don't think they added much shade in Scottsdale when I lived there :)

Oct 15, 2008 01:44 PM #6
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Chris, this is brilliant. I plan to look up these values and let people know that my little property (covered with mature trees) is really a million dollar property. Thanks for the tip! I knew the trees meant a great deal to me but now....wow. Thank you,

Later in the rain~Deb

Jan 28, 2009 12:36 PM #7
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

ps. I bookmarked this! Again, thank you.

Jan 28, 2009 12:38 PM #8
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

these are great tips to share especially for sellers and for realtors, thanks for sharing it, keep the good work my friend !


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