Tree Report for a Home Buyer
The following outlines the content and detail of a Tree Report for a Home Buyer.
It is a preliminary report that may consider any or all of the following depending on your requirements;
- An assessment of the health, safety and overall condition of trees growing on ‘the property’,
- An assessment of the risk of direct damage (through physical contact) to built structures on ‘the property’ as a consequence of trees, regardless of ownership,
- An assessment of the risk of shrink swell damage (‘subsidence’) being caused to built structures on ‘the property’ as a consequence of trees, regardless of ownership. This is expressed as a Hazard Rating from A to E, where A is insignificant risk and E is high risk.
- Recommendations for the immediate and future management of trees growing on ‘the property’, based on my findings.
For the purposes of the report, built structures refers to heavy structures and includes the original building plus any extensions, brick or stone garages and permanent outbuildings. It does not include light structures such as garden or retaining walls, conservatories, temporary sheds, kerbs, patios or driveways.
The report does not specifically address the likelihood of trees causing disruption to underground services; it does however offer general advice with respect to typical tree root systems. Underground services are considered to be the mechanism by which services are carried and include but are not limited to cables, channels, ducts, drains, pipes, gullies, sewers and tanks.