Ensure Your Trees are Healthy Before Selling

Real Estate

1If you are planning to sell your home and you have large, or older trees on your property, ensuring they are healthy and safe is an important consideration, especially if any trees are close to your house, patio spaces or even outbuildings such as garden sheds. Hazardous trees can not only put people and property in danger, they can also cost a great deal in repairs.

The best way to know if you have any hazardous trees, or if any are at risk is to have a certified arborist check your trees. But there are also some common signs to look for, which can help you keep in the know about the condition of your trees. The National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) has published a great guide on How to Recognize and Prevent Hazard Trees, within the Tree City USA Bulletin.

2The guide provides details and sketches of what to look for to know if a trunk is healthy or not, or if a leaning tree is stable or hazardous. From crown to root there are key things to take note of, such as dead branches, internal decay or root infestation, and this guide is a great place to begin. You can also find additional information about caring for your trees after a storm, at the NADF Storm Recovery webpage.  

If you do see signs of hazardous trees on your property, before you take any action, it is highly recommended you have an arborist confirm your findings. There may be steps you can take yourself to remedy the issue, but it may be best to leave to a professional, depending on the problem.

3Of special note for our region, there has been a growing problem for the Emerald Ash, which are being infested by borer beetles. As a designated Tree City USA city, the Village of Inverness has important information and resources available for homeowners with Emerald Ash trees. If you are planning to sell your home with this type of tree on your property, having them examined and certified as healthy, or taken care of if they are not, can help save you time when it comes to the disclosure process.

Inverness has been a designated a Tree City USA village for the last 26 years. Communities can achieve this designation through specific efforts towards effective urban forestry management. One such program in place is the 50/50 Tree Program, where home owners and the Village split the cost of new tree plantings in front yards. Inverness will also be celebrating Arbor Day on May 1st, with a tree planting ceremony, refreshments and fun activities for all ages, at Village Hall.

Ensuring your property has healthy and safe trees will add to the curb appeal for your home and can help keep the process of selling your home smooth one. When it comes to helping my clients, I aim to make a positive impact towards all their real estate needs. When you are ready to sell, or buy a home, you want to work with a Realtor® who cares, and is ready to put their expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams