Appraisal of Trees after Road Side Construction Damage

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Appraisal of Trees after Road Side Construction Damage 

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Sometimes road builders make mistakes too.

Often a homeowner will call us after an over ambitious road crew worker cuts or damages a tree on their property and they are generally surprised to find out how much that tree is worth.

If you or a friend find yourself in such a situation, get ahold of a forester with experience in appraising trees for aesthetic value to set things right in your yard.




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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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I have had this happen. I got a call from a neighbor to a property that I owned. He told me that he thought someone had cut down trees on my property. I had given the neighbor permission to hunt on the property for many years. Sure enough when I went to look, someone had cut about 2 acres of trees. Upon investigation, an abutting property owner had made a deal with a company to log his land, they just went way off the property. We eventually worked out a settlement.

Jul 06, 2013 07:47 PM #1
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Assigning a value to a tree must be a challenge. A tree must be worth more than the cost of the wood, right?

Jul 06, 2013 09:57 PM #2
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Another great post Bob. .thank you for educating me on a subject that I was clueless!

Jul 06, 2013 10:11 PM #3
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

In our last home in Wisconsin we had many many trees planted around the perimeter then we hired a fence company.  It was done that way for lots of reasons.  The fence idiots cut limbs of the expensive spruce trees instead of roping them back.  Did you hear me scream at them?

Jul 06, 2013 11:22 PM #4
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bob, I don't think people realize the value of a mature tree. Learning a lot about forestry from you. Thanks.

Jul 06, 2013 11:23 PM #5
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I would be less than thrilled to find out someone cut down one of my mature trees without my knowledge or approval. You bet I'd be calling my local forester!

Jul 06, 2013 11:31 PM #6
Keith Lawrence
RE/MAX Properties - Mahwah, NJ
ABR, CDPE, SFR, 203K Specialist

Good post. We had one situation where the neighbor cut down trees in the owners lot.  It went to court and the settlement was huge.  Make sure you know who owns the tree before you cut it down.

Jul 07, 2013 12:07 AM #7
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Hey Bob...feature King you....I appreciate all your comments on my blogs....keep up the great work!

Jul 07, 2013 12:12 AM #8
Edina Realty, Inc. - Gordon, WI
Your Northwest Wisconsin Realtor

Great advice Bob. I'll be tucking that away for some future use I'm sure.

Jul 07, 2013 12:15 AM #9
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I am seeing that trees are a big business in some areas of the country.

Jul 07, 2013 12:51 AM #10
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob, a landscape with mature tree is worth lot more than just planting a few to sell homes.

And when it comes to damage done by construction crew, contacting a forester with experience is the right way to go.

Jul 07, 2013 01:44 AM #11
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Will go to you if ever need advise on tree prices. Good article.

Jul 07, 2013 02:30 AM #12
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

You should move to Door County.  Road maintenance issues and tree cutting are HUGE here.  Hundreds of thousands of tax dollars are spent on the issue every year.

Jul 07, 2013 03:27 AM #13
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Bob...I like this recent sharing of the forest and its dynamics....Make sure you comment on Xmas Trees when appropriate too

Jul 07, 2013 03:27 AM #14
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Good idea! Getting an arborist to give you the needed information prior to any work being done near your property.

Jul 07, 2013 04:53 AM #15
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Bob, What great advice. Yes when we lived in Phoenix in the historic districts we were amazed at the value of the protected Palm Trees. They were worth in the many thousands of dollars. Expensive to replace.

Jul 07, 2013 09:53 AM #16
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     We just lost 2 huge Historic Oak Trees in downtown Tallahassee to "mistakes" by Builders.

     In one instance, on Gadsden Street, the Developer is a large Local Bank that owns huge chunks of Real Estate in Tallahassee.  They "apologized" and agreed to donate money to "the Tree Bank" to replant some new trees elsewhere.  The other instance, on Bronough Street, was a large national hotel chain; they paid the same bribe.   Not acceptable!

Jul 07, 2013 12:52 PM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Bob, I will remember your advice on contacting a forester for questions and appraisal of trees. In 1983, the people across the street planted a tree which died the following year. They then planted a maple tree which turned out to be a beautiful tree. Last year (2012), it also died - almost 30 years old. It is missed. I sometimes wonder how and why that tree died? It is surrounded by many other maple trees that seem healthy and thriving. I am perhaps concerned because in 1983, we planted a maple tree and I sure would miss it. Could the extreme Chicago heat of last summer had something to do with the neighbor's maple tree dying?

Jul 07, 2013 02:37 PM #18
Sara Wagner
Woodland Management Service - Adams, WI
The Forestland Experts!

Hi Bob, I am enjoying going through some of your early blog posts and reposts and getting ready to start doing some posts myself soon.

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