Trees can enhance your property value by about seven percent (7%) and save money on energy bills. Last year (2019), the average home selling price in the U.S. was $383,000. That means beautiful trees could add $26,800 to the home value. These figures are strong incentives for home sellers to maintain trees on their property or plant trees to increase the home value.
Trees also mean maintenance because roots, trees, and branches can impact your home’s structural soundness. Small incursions from trees can cause damage that may require expensive repairs. So, unattended tree work can impact your home and the selling value.
Your home inspector can help you identify any potential threats to your home and recommend the correct remediation or repair to maintain your home’s value and safety.
Tree branches from large trees extend out. When branches are over the roof, you need to be aware of three hazards to the home.
If your inspector notices dead branches in the tree crown, they may recommend an arborist to not only remove the dead branches but check the entire tree for healthy growth. Cracked or dead branches are potential safety hazards because they can fall on your house, your vehicle, or you.
When your inspector sees a problem or potential problem with tree branches, they may recommend an arborist to prune the tree, keeping it in balance but removing the hazards to the home.
Your inspector is not an arborist. Their main concern is the safety and structural soundness of your home. But, your inspector may see signs that your tree is in danger and may recommend an arborist.
Whenever your inspector notices a tree too close to the house or something unusual in tree growth, your inspection report may include recommendations for an arborist.
Roots feed trees. Underground they can be big or small and either way, they can cause problems for your home and even danger to people who live there. When you are selling your home, you want to make sure your buyers won’t be troubled with root problems that can come back to haunt you after the sale.
Your inspector knows how to spot potential hazards. And your home inspection report may give you recommendations to repair any potential hazards before you sell your home.
Your inspector is not an arborist. In fact, his standards of practice may not even obligate him to take a look at trees. So, if your inspector notices issues with your trees, consider it a bonus to your home inspection.
What to Disclose About Your Trees
If you didn’t notice anything wrong, but your home inspector did, you may be tempted to not disclose any problems. Don’t be tempted. Any instability trees present now can come back to haunt you once the new owners move in. You have two considerations: legal and ethical.
The legalities vary depending on where you live. Some places say the trees are visible, and the buyer should be able to see any problems.
But, the real estate world wants you to disclose any potential problems. Real estate laws are consistent that sellers can’t engage in active concealment of known property defects. If your home inspector includes tree issues in the inspection report, you know about them.
Ethically, the best practice for a seller is to disclose any known conditions, especially in the current litigious world. When you buy your new replacement house, you would want and expect the same courtesy. If you’re looking for a qualified home inspection, we’d be honored to serve you, give us a call at 510-200-7555 or for fastest service please email firstname.lastname@example.org