Buying a new home is a huge investment. Therefore, to get the best possible value for your money you take certain steps, such has having a home inspection, to help you avoid thousands of dollars’ worth of unexpected expenses. However, your home inspection only helps to protect you against any major unseen issues with the actual structure; but, you are not just buying a house, are you? You are buying a piece of property, that may very well include a tree or multiple trees.

Did you know that your landscape accounts for approximately 20% of your home’s property value?

Healthy trees and shrubs add monetary value to a property. With the keyword in that statement being healthy. There are of course several factors, in addition to health, that are used to determine the value of a tree including its species, placement, and structural integrity. Where a healthy mature tree appreciates the value of a home, an unhealthy tree will depreciate it. In addition, structural issues could present a liability issue. Therefore, having a tree inspection is an important step, that should not be overlooked, when buying a new home.

A Tree Inspection Can Save You Thousands

Having any trees and shrubs inspected by a certified arborist, specially trained to identify tree ailments and structural issues, can potentially save you hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars. During the inspection your local arborist will be looking for any tree insect pests, diseases, or structural defects that may require intervention. Like your home inspection, your arborist will provide you with a detailed outline of their findings. They will note any issues that may have been found, along with an estimate on what it will cost to correct them.

Some issues, when found early can be easily treated and are quite inexpensive. Unfortunately, in some cases tree removal may be deemed necessary. In which case, tree removal can be quite expensive.

A Tree Inspection Can Benefit Your New Home Negotiations

You wouldn’t buy a house that needs a whole new roof without factoring that into your negotiations, so why pay more for a house that needs thousands of dollars’ worth of tree removal. You can use your tree inspection to negotiate down the sale price of the house or in some instances you may be able to request the seller pay to treat any necessary tree care issues found during the tree inspection.

Not unlike your new home, trees can have issues that are not immediately noticeable to the untrained eye. In fact, it is very common for serious tree ailments to go unnoticed until it is too late. A certified arborist is specially trained to identify these issues, so that they can be corrected sooner rather than later.

So before buying that dream home, give your local arborist a call 813-407-9974 and schedule a tree inspection.