Know Your Roots.


That huge oak tree in the front yard immediately won you over.  But before you buy; Better check your roots first. If a big tree with an aggressive root systems is planted too close to the house or underground pipes, the root system can damage the pipes , foundation, walkways and patios in the same way that you see roots breaking up concrete sidewalks . This can be pricey to fix! Remember to know your roots.

Trees that have not been correctly maintained present two issues for houses. First, large limbs or whole trees over houses which are structurally unstable can drop in a storm, falling on the house and causing property damage. Second, tree limbs or bushes that are growing up against the siding or roof of the house,  can create a damp, shady environment . this can and will leads to growth of mold, moss, and mildew which can damage the siding and/or roof.

Most homeowners don’t want to remove an mature tree but sometimes they have no choice. Unhealthy trees can pose a risk of falling on your  power lines, cars and homes.  Some trees only need to have limbs removed to avoid any trouble.   You’ll need to factor in the cost of trimming trees every few years as part of your budget.

Sure , adult trees can add value (and shade) to a home but with them can come some serious issues. A simple question, “Is it a safe tree?” needs to be answered. Some things to look out for when viewing a property’s trees: top-heaviness, root damage, cracks or spits in the trunks, decay, hollow areas, dead limbs, fungal growth, and damage

Believe it or not, it can be hard to tell if a tree is healthy or not on your own, so hiring an professional is a good idea. They can give you recommendations if it’s safe and, if you buy the home, how to care for your trees and keep them in good condition..

Remember to know your roots.