Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Buying a New House? Get the Trees Inspected First!

What are you looking for in your next house? Updated flooring, spacious closets, good gutters, a reliable roof, and attractive, mature trees are common features you may be looking for.

But about those trees--have you thought about getting them inspected before signing on the dotted line? Home inspections are standard fare these days, but what about tree inspections?

Sick trees--a disaster waiting to happen!

That big, beautiful tree in the yard of your dream home might be hiding some big problems that could end up costing you thousands of dollars and a lot of pain later. A tree professional can evaluate the shrubs and trees on a property to evaluate…

  • Structural integrity
  • Dead or dying limbs
  • Diseases, infestations, fungi, rot
  • Root health

But wait, there’s more…

Even if the trees on a property are healthy now, they could still prove problematic later. Some additional questions a tree professional can answer include:

“Is this tree or shrub species native to this region?” 

If not, the plant could compete with your other landscape for nutrition and light.

“Will this shrub or tree become too big for this space?” 

As a tree or shrub matures, it could cause problems for your house, sidewalk, driveway, or other parts of your landscaping.

“Is this shrub or tree too close to the house?” 

If planted too close to the house, certain trees and shrubs can create too much shade, damage the house’s foundation, or drop large branches directly on the house.

Here’s what you can do

As you search for your next home, take some time to look at the shrubs and trees on the property. Think you’ve found your dream house? Schedule a regular home inspection. Then call Schneider Shrub & Tree Care to schedule an evaluation of the shrubs and trees on the property so that you don’t have surprises later!

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