Let me start by disclosing that I am not an Arborist, but a recent story in the local newspaper of a toppled tree, well over 100 feet, raised some interesting questions for me to consider as a Realtor.
Most urban jurisdictions regulate the conservation, removal and replacement of trees.
Whether a tree is deciduous (sheds all leaves) or evergreen, the health, regulation and safety of trees is important for buyers to know.
Establishing whether the tree is within the survey stakes should resolve ownership issues, but what are the possible consequences of roots that cross boundaries?
A buyer will likely not want to find out after the fact that they are the new owner of a:
•· tree that compromises public safety (e.g. proximity to other houses or power lines);
•· compromised rotting tree, caused by disease, insects or improper care;
•· tree root system that has damaged drainage or foundations underground;
•· a garden or lawn that cannot be rehabilitated due to shade or root compacting;
•· controversial tree that obstructs the view of neighbours from a new subdivision;
•· "heritage" tree of community value; or,
•· "topped" or otherwise damaged tree.