Inspect trees around new homes

Imagine settling on a nice new home and a few weeks later having the large old oak tree fall on your house.

Or maybe being informed by an arborist that an old poplar tree is dangerous because of root rot and it will cost $6,000 to have it removed and hauled away.

“Wouldn’t it be better to know the condition of large trees on a property before the purchase and sales agreement is executed?” said Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. “When homebuyers contemplate owning a home for many years, the quality and safety of the trees is usually overlooked in the negotiation.”

There are many things to consider when assessing the trees and landscaping on a property that many homeowners don’t think about until there is a serious problem. Some of these concerns include improper planting of the trees; too much mulch on the root system; damage during construction; wrong tree in the wrong place; poor past care or previous topping; insect or disease damage; overwatering from the lawn’s irrigation system; or limbs rubbing on the siding or roof.

All of these things can be dealt with after the purchase, but it can be expensive. It is best to negotiate those issues prior to signing off on anything.