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How To Determine If a Tree Is Hurting the Value of Your Property

August 28, 2019
Trees

Living in a leafy green suburb is desirable to most buyers in the market to purchase a property.

After all, trees are a beautiful sight and offer plenty of shade which can improve indoor comfort and energy-efficiency. As a result, trees can greatly boost the reputation of the neighbourhood and the value of individual homes.

But not all trees are guaranteed to live in perfect harmony. Some trees require costly maintenance, are planted dangerously close to nearby buildings and powerlines, or become a visual eyesore due to age or disease.

In these cases the burden rests on the homeowner to resolve the issue and experienced buyers, who can spot the warning signs early, will flee in droves.

To help you determine whether your tree is hurting the value of your property, consider these warning signs.

Are the trees a fire hazard?

People who live in bushfire prone suburbs are subject to strict council laws and legislation in order to keep the community safe. These council laws instruct residents on how to prepare their home for the bushfire season and also advise them on what they can and cannot have on the property.

Council law may prohibit the number of trees in a particular area or even outlaw the presence of certain trees altogether.

It’s important to be aware that eucalyptus trees are one of the most common causes of bushfires, as their fragrant eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, and they tend to spread highly dense carpets of leaves and branches.

Even when a certain tree species doesn’t pose an immediate threat, if a large number of trees are closely bunched together (along with other vegetation like bushes, shrubs, dead leaves and branches) these combined elements can become a major fire hazard.

Trees require high maintenance

Some trees require a high level of maintenance to stay in shape. Even when a tree is visually stunning and complements the property, it can become costly and time consuming if the owner is required to provide it with frequent care (either by doing it themselves or paying a local arborist).

Trees can be difficult to maintain for many reasons. One such example is the Weeping Willow. While initially planted in Australia as a form of erosion-control for watercourses, the tree is now labelled a noxious plant as they impact the quality and flow of water.

Another example is the Empress Tree which can grow at a height far beyond native species, making it a major fall hazard.

Some trees are hazardous

Trees that pose a danger to surrounding property and the general public are understandably perceived as a burden.  

Hazardous trees often:

  • Lean dangerously close to nearby powerlines or property
  • Frequently drop tree branches onto the ground
  • Have low-hanging branches that block the view. For example, the tree makes it difficult for drivers or pedestrians to see ahead of them or around corners
  • Are prone to disease which may spread to the surrounding vegetation
  • Frequently attract pests

While the severity of risk varies, the presence of a potentially hazardous tree is enough to deter some buyers. Learn how to remove a hazardous tree here.

Professional arboristTime to hire the experts?

If you suspect a problem tree may hurt your chances of a profitable sale, consider removing it. This is especially important if the tree has been labelled a hazard by the local council.

Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to hire a local arborist. Most local providers will be happy to give you a free quote online or over the phone. If you need help with applying for council approval, they can help you take care of this process as well.

Of course, make sure that any arborist you approach is fully certified and insured for your peace of mind.

Created by Travs Trees

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