A well-maintained yard is not just visually appealing but cost effective as well. Whether you are aspiring to be the yard of the year or just trying to keep the HOA off your back, it will benefit you to keep your yard trim and tidy to save you lots of money down the road. For example, trees and shrubs shouldn't be touching your house. Keeping shrubs at least 12 inches away will promote air circulation around the house and prevent mold from growing inside your walls and pests from entering.
Trees subject your home to excess rain water and wind, potentially damaging your shingles and creating leaks. Trees can also create an entryway for small rodents, squirrels, raccoons and possums to climb on your roof or into your attic. "Squirrels particularly do a lot of damage, but we have found many raccoons and possums inside attics, and people have absolutely no idea that they've gotten inside their home… they can chew a small, little hole and go into your attic without your knowing. Many times, they'll have a litter of babies in your attic, and then you're looking at a real calamity."
Taking care of your trees and shrubs now will not only help your home’s curb appeal, but can potentially save you thousands in the long haul. For more money saving tips click here.