Recently, this topic came up with a client and it’s really an interesting one. Home buyers have home inspections, well and septic inspections and in some areas, inspections for termites, radon and other things but what about trees?
Our family has a little cabin in the bush in Muskoka with a beautiful forest where we have a managed forest agreement in place. Every few years, we have the tree guy come and check it out and this year, we talked about the ash trees. It’s widespread in the media that we are having a problem in Ontario now with the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle that is destroying trees and until the tree guy pointed out that we had ash trees, it never had occurred to us that we did.
In Collingwood, where we actually have a river called the Black Ash Creek(!), there are an estimated 6600 ash trees making up 13% of the town’s urban forest. The Town has a plan to deal with the issue and this pdf is quite informative if you wish to know more.
When buying or selling a property with trees, have you ever checked to see what kind they are? Does it matter to you? If the trees are an important component of the purchase, then it may be a good idea to check for ash trees and learn what your options are for removal or inoculation. It’s possible that the cost of removing currently unaffected ash trees could be fully offset by selling the healthy wood at this stage. Or not. The point is that you may want to find out.
Oh and P.S. In the course of researching this blog, I went out and checked my own backyard and guess what I found? Yup. A black ash.
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg