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7 tips for buying a home with large trees

7 tips for buying a home with large trees

Buying a home with mature trees offers numerous benefits, from increasing property value to enhancing curb appeal. Homes with mature, healthy trees can see a significant increase in property value. Research shows that trees can add anywhere from 3% to 15% to the value of a property (Realtor). However, it’s crucial to assess the condition and potential issues associated with these trees before making a purchase.  Here are seven tips to ensure your trees remain assets rather than liabilities.

1. Evaluate Tree Stability

  • Look for signs of instability, such as leaning trunks or exposed roots. 
  • A stable tree is less likely to fall during storms.
  • The sweep of a tree is not the same thing as a lean but it can scare off other prospective buyers.

2. Assess Root Systems

  • Ensure roots are not damaging foundations or underground utilities.
  • Consider potential future growth impacts for patios and driveways

3. Check for Disease and Pests

  •  ID signs of illness, rot, look for gummosis and explore signs of insects like chewed leaves, insect frass and entry or exit holes
  •  Early detection can save you from costly removals or treatments.
  • Factor in the cost and effort needed for regular pruning and watering.

4. Consider Tree Structure and Maintenance Needs

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5. Check Local Regulations

  • Research any city bylaws or homeowner association rules regarding tree maintenance or removal.
  • Compliance can prevent future issues with your municipality.

6. Plan for Long-Term Care

  • Trees in the city are different from those in the forest: light conditions encourage a wide canopy and the risk to people and property is much higher.
  • Budgeting for the annual care of mature trees will save you thousands longterm.

CONCLUSION

Investing in a home with large trees can provide many benefits, but it’s important to perform due diligence. Hiring a certified arborist from can help identify potential issues and ensure your trees remain a valuable part of your property.