The Pros and Cons of Planting Large Trees on Your Property

Nancy Tannehill

Nancy Tannehill

As a listing agent in the Northern Michigan area’s of Bay Harbor, Charlevoix, Boyne City, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Torch Lake, my extensive knowledge of the area and negotiating skills gives Sellers the opportunity to get the maximum value for their property. For Buyers, I will search until I find the perfect home and then negotiate the best possible deal.

A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door. And the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there. It is about your life and dreams.

I have a love and appreciation for our Troops and Veterans. Being a supporter to organizations such as Toys for Tots and Tunnels2towers. Patriotism, national pride, and love of her country are some examples of her devotions. A lover of all things Michigan, I live in Downtown Charlevoix, with my husband Tavis, our Chihuahua’s Bear, Copper and Dachshund who wishes to remain anonymous (Minnie).

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Trees and other large plantings can add a lovely ambiance to your yard. But when it comes time to sell, are those trees going to be more of a help, or a hindrance?

It depends. There are both advantages and disadvantages to planting large trees on your property, and before you start planting, you need to understand both, and how they might impact your home sale.

recent article from realtor.com outlined the pros and cons of large trees and plantings for home sellers, including:

  • Pro: Insulation. If you live in an area with extreme summers or winders, well-placed trees can act as insulation, helping to regulate the temperature of your home, and lowering AC and/or heating bills in the process.
  • Con: Maintenance. Taking care of trees isn’t cheap; according to the article, in the US, the average cost for tree trimming is between $200 and $760.
  • Pro: Health benefits. Trees aren’t just nice to look at; looking at them may actually provide some benefits to your health and well-being. In fact, according to the article, viewing greenery from your window could have calming physiological effects, including lowering heart rate and respiration.
  • Con: Allergies. Trees may be beneficial to your health, but if you have allergies — for example, being allergic to pollen or tree sap — buying a home surrounded by trees could actually have a negative impact on your health.