You want to be differentiated, which will help it sell better. However, curb appeal is huge on either increasing or decreasing value to buyers. More and more buyers I work with have a high priority requirement on the type of lot they select. So I say, go for it.
It's a toss up here on what's worse, houses or stocks. Im from Jackson and have been a little envious of the extremely affordable houses my friends live in compared to here. Here a $600K house is a 4BR 2.5BA house built in the 60s or 70s and carries a $5,500 annual tax bill. There are more and more for sale signs that actually say "Reduced 100,000". Hard to believe. So, the housing crash is bringing things somewhat back to reality here.
The $8K would be for 30 Leland Cypress evergreen trees in a staggered row along the back perimeter (about 200 ft. across) of our property line. They will be on a burm of mulch and be 5-6 ft. in height. and 3 ft. in width. We want to restore the privacy and shade we had when we first moved in. Originally, we had total privacy of mature trees and a cotton field just beyond our property line. After 1 year, a new subdivision was planned and they cut down every single tree just past our property line and beyond. Now our view is dirt, houses, construction, and new roads.
Our total lot is 3/4 acre and our 4000 sq. ft. house has numerous upgraded amenities making it one of the most expensive in our sub. However, new construction has just been started on a new phase of our sub. which will be comparable or more expensive than ours. The house next door to us just sold for $441K. Most houses in Jackson sell in the $150-300K range with about a 5-10 on the market now in the $400-500K range. Then there a few in the $750K+ range. So we will definitely need a higher end buyer when we go to sell. We would like to just break even after closing costs.
So would putting in these trees be worth it or should we just go for a smaller arborvitae version at 3 ft. tall and spend $1000-2000?
Good landscaping versus poor (or no) landscaping does help sell a house. But as for adding value, that's very uncertain. Probably $1,000-$2,000 if your backyard already looks acceptable. (Few home improvements come close to returning 100% of value. Even good ones may return perhaps 60%-70% of value.)
Also, just be careful. If it was built in 2006, the price likely has declined or remained flat. If you're selling in 2010, you'll probably be lucky to break even. Is $8,000 the best investment you can make in the property?