I'm supposed to inspect the trees?

sycamore2.jpgMy husband and I just bought an investment property. We bought it to be a rental because it’s a cute house in a great location near shops and universities. We knew we had a little fixing up to do on the exterior, but trees were our last concern because it was just a cosmetic issue mainly. The ones in the back yard were a bit wily and overgrown, so we had a guy come out from a tree care company to give us an estimate on thinning them out and removing some of the dead branches. When the Arborist arrived, he made a beeline for the beautiful tree in  the front yard with all the great, green foliage. He said the trunk has extensive damage from carpenter ants and the support system is compromised and the tree was a big hazard and liability. It needed to come down. Holy Cow, that is not cheap! So, we lost the big, beautiful tree with the great green foliage, but our tenants will be safe and we won’t have to worry about insurance claims and yucky stuff like that.

I guess the moral of the story is that there are always some unexpected surprises when you buy a house. Some good, some not so good. But as a Realtor, with each transaction I do and with each real estate property I purchase, I learn more about what to watch for and how to better guard my clients against the unexpected.

About the Author

Sarah Snodgrass is a residential real estate agent specializing in Kansas City's historic neighborhoods and enclaves.

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