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Trees can add a lot to any property. Most times, homeowners are not thinking about the addition of dollar bills to their wallet when they are looking to landscape a home. However, planting trees in a well thought out manner can save a homeowner a lot of money in the future, while adding value to his/her property.

Trees can provide economic benefits, helping surround your home and keep warmth in during the winters. According to the US Department of Energy, homeowner’s who landscape for energy efficiency can expect a return on investment in under 8 years. A well landscaped outside can add thousands to the value of a home. Sometimes it’s more about the initial impression of a home that drives a sale, rather than its form and function. Trees can also reduce soil erosion around the home, keeping it that much safer if any natural disaster or similar event took place.

Northwest Energy provides some great tips and tricks to plant trees effectively for your property. I’ve added the ones that stuck out to me below:

1. Choose a tree that’s appropriate for your climate and space.

2.Plan where you plant. Homeowners should make sure to consider the entire life-span of a tree when they plant. Northwest energy states that on average you should plant trees 15 to 20 feet from your home and powerlines. Trees that grow taller than 40 feet should be planted at least 35 feet away. A misplanted tree could damage your siding, roof, or windows in the future when it grows too big and rubs against the home.

3. Trimming is a homeowner’s responsibility, but any homeowner can still call Northwest Energy and they will stop by to make sure it is safe.

4. Call 811 for underground utility lines at least 2 days before you dig and plant at least 25 feet from such lines.

Trees add initial home value but they can also take away from future expenses. They’re always a pretty addition to a home’s exterior and, of course, they keep our oxygen fresh and our water pure. What’s not to love about them? With a little planning, any homeowner can be adding value to their property with a few tall, green additions outside.

 

Sources: http://www.northwesternenergy.com/safety-reliability/safety/trees-together

http://www.kbzk.com/news/northwestern-energy-volunteers-plant-trees-in-bozeman/

Off-Leash Dog Park Coming to Bozeman

by Tim Hart

 

 

 

 

 

A new dog park will be coming to Bozeman. The park will provide off-leash options, which is even better news for dog owners. The new park will be located at Rocky Creek Farm off of Frontage Road. Starting today, owners will be able to visit the fully fenced 2-acre park. The 2-acre park will allow for dogs off leash and is only the first phase in an effort to create a much larger dog park with both off leash and on-leash options. Soon, new trails will be created that will provide dog owners with on-leash hiking options as well. The park is now accessible thanks to West Paw Design, who finished installing a new bridge, opening up access to the park. West Paw Design also chipped in $6,000 worth of fencing and other small projects to get the dog park starting strong. Dog owners can now look forward to another beautiful park to take their dogs. Having a park with off-leash access will also provide the dogs with a fun, friendly environment to meet other dogs and not be constantly on-leash in public. Having a dog in the home has become even more worry free in Bozeman with this additional dog park, providing a place for home owners to get their dogs out of the house and burning some of that seemingly never ending dog energy.

August Gallatin Valley Home Statistics

by Tim Hart

Last month, we focused on activity in the Gallatin County for condo/townhomes. This month, we will highlight rising prices for all homes in the Gallatin County.

Here are a few stats

  • The average price of a single-family residence raised from $364,736 in 2013 to $402,370 currently, a $37,634 increase.
  • The median price also rose from $279,500 in 2013 to $295,000, a $15,500 increase.
  • The average price of a condo/townhome raised from $236,544 in 2013 to $282,109 currently, an increase of $45,565.
  • The median price of these homes also raised from $175,000 in 2013 to $200,000 currently, an increase of $25,000.

Summary – based on these consistent price increases for single-family residences, condominiums and townhomes, the 2014 market continues to improve the value of homes in the Gallatin Valley.

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