Don't Forget About The Trees When Buying Your Home!
The wind is HOWLING outside right now, whipping through the trees and the taller ones are swaying rapidly. If there's a weak tree out there, these gusts will expose them. We live surrounded by woods and the wreckage of trees that didn't survive past storms are readily apparent (along with a nearly endless supply of firewood if we wanted).
Now often when buying a home, the trees and general landscaping get overlooked. Often there's not anything to overlook because there ARE no trees! Former cornfields don't have much in the way of trees do they?
More mature communities often have plenty of trees surrounding the home. They add to the privacy, lower the cooling bills, and increase the overall aesthetics. BUT there are also some added considerations:
- What type are the trees? For instance the Cincinnati area has had significant concern lately with pest infestations targeting ash trees.
- What is the proximity of the trees to the home? Branches grazing the home may lead to damage or provide a highway for pests. Why make it easy for squirrels and raccoons to call your attic their home too?
- What is the overall health of the trees? Any visible evidence of past damage? Splits? Those big forked trees sometimes shear (we lost a shed to a big maple during a storm years ago).
Bottom line, don't forget the trees. If there are some concerns, consider having an arborist/tree doctor visit as part of your inspection period. While not common, it's possible to negotiate tree maintenance as part of the inspection repair request.
Trees, just another one of the many things your buyer's agent knows to think about while you're looking for that perfect home!
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Liz and Bill aka BLiz
REALTORS(S) Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas
The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
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