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When Do You Need a Tree Inspection Report? Part 2

Tree Inspection Reports, also called arborist reports, are made for many different reasons including tree removal, construction and safety concerns. In our post, When Do you Need an Arborist Report? Part 1, we discussed what goes into a tree inspection report, and how much they can cost. We also explained how arborists reports/tree inspection reports are used for tree removals in the GTA and on construction projects. In part two, we’ll explain other uses of tree inspection reports like renovations, when buying a new home and planning a garden.

Getting a Permit for Renovations

If you’re renovating your home or adding in outdoor elements like a new deck, garage, or outdoor kitchen, you may also need a tree inspection report for the proposed construction if there are trees close by. The same restrictions around vehicle parking, construction material storage, and waste disposal apply.

Reports for renovations will be similar to reports for new building developments, though likely looking at a smaller area. Your arborist will assess how construction will impact any trees close by or whether any trees need to be removed. They will ensure that the planned development respects the Toronto tree protection zone, or the by-laws where you live. As a part of the report they will make sure there is a plan to protect the trees that meets the rules in place. The rules for these by-laws can get quite complex. Having someone trained to understand and apply the rules can save you costly headaches.

Tree Inspection Report for Building a Pool

You also may need an arborist report or tree inspection report if you’re adding a pool to your backyard. The report will be similar to those needed for regular construction and renovation projects, with a few special considerations. This report will need to especially consider whether the new pool will impact the root systems of any trees close by — yours or a neighbours’.

Tree roots grow to a shallower depth than people think and won’t just grow around an in-ground pool. Your plan should also consider safe drainage for your pool, as chlorinated water leaching into the ground can damage your trees, grass and garden.

Tree Inspection Report for Buying a Home

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When you’re looking to purchase a home, this is another time a tree inspection report can be useful. You may be interested in a property but concerned over the state of trees on the lot or trees growing close to the house or other buildings. You could be looking at planning future construction, like an addition or new building, on the property, but have questions over whether large mature trees may prevent you from being permitted to move ahead with those plans.

This is an ideal situation for an arborist report. An arborist can assess whether trees on the property are likely to need maintenance or removal in the next years, and help estimate how much that work may end up costing you. It’s a great way to ensure whether existing trees are healthy and safe — especially if the existing owner hasn’t kept up with maintenance or is unaware of issues.

Having Your Trees Inspected for a New Garden

A tree inspection report can also be useful if you’re planning major landscaping work, to ensure that your trees are healthy and any planned work helps you get the maximum benefit from your trees. Arborists can recommend species for new tree planting and identify any potential issues with existing trees, like pests, dying trees, or invasive species.

There are many reasons to get an arborist or tree inspection report! Arborists can help you comply with laws, avoid fines and prevent costly delays or damage. If you need a certified arborist report for your property, contact Vista Tree today for a quote.

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Michael is a Certified Arborist and founder of the company. He holds a Certificate in Urban Arboriculture (Honours) from Humber College, Certificate in Project Leadership from Cornell, has post-graduate studies in Urban Forestry and Arboriculture from Oregon State College of Foresty and holds a BAH in Ancient History with a minor in Business. In addition to being an ISA Certified Arborist, he is a TCIA Certified Tree Safety Professional, Tree Appraisal Qualified by Arboriculture Canada and holds a Landscape Exterminator license. Michael sat on the Board of Director for the Ontario Commercial Arborist Association in 2022 and 2023. He worked at some of the top arboriculture companies in Southern Ontario before starting Vista Tree Management. Before that, he was an award-winning Executive Director in the nonprofit sector and published marketing consultant. On the rare days off, Michael can be found at home with his family - a loving wife, two daughters and two cats in Central Toronto.
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Vista Tree Management provided an excellent service of removing a large tree from a backyard of my property in Toronto. The whole process of quoting, and doing the job was very efficient, clearly explained and provided as promised. Their price for the serviced was very competitive.
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My parents used their service to cut a tree down in their backyard. This tree was in such an awkward position where it was interfering with 2 other neighbors. James ensured me that the service would be done in a very professional manner and no damage would be done. Im glad to say he was right and had a group of 6 hard working individuals made the job done safely and efficiently. I would highly recommend this company for anyone needing tree removal.
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We are very happy with all the work Vista Tree Management accomplished on our property.  James was very professional and gave us excellent advice concerning the trimming of our 12 foot cedar hedges and the pruning of our mature silver maple trees.  The crew was very friendly and hard working, they did a tremendous job on the work required and they did an excellent job with the clean up.  We would highly recommend Vista Tree services to our family and friends.  We will definitely use them again for all of our future projects.
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I can’t say enough positive comment about James and Vista Tree. We were “ghosted” by 2 other tree management companies last fall. James came by and provided separate quotes for two very large trees on our property, both of which were a challenge to severely prune. They were a hazard and had to be addressed. The quotes were delivered the next day after assessment. The team was here on two separate days (April 30 and May 7). They were efficient, professional and most importantly safe. Hollis, the arborist who climbed the trees was friendly and communicated everything he was doing to the trees as well as any changes he made once he was up in the tree. The other members of the crew (Syd and Pete, I can’t remember the others) were professional and friendly. They cleaned everything up and were open to any suggestions we had regarding disposal of the wood. I would highly recommend this company. We will be having them back again to do more work, in the fall.
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