Trees And Building A New Home

Building a home is a great way for homeowners to get what they want. They are able to place their home where they want in addition to customizing the floor plan and choosing the finishes and materials that are to their liking. For those who are building on a lot with numerous trees, there are a few things that must be considered. Clearing the land of these trees can be a hassle and expensive. Here are three things to keep in mind.

Tree Removal Will Likely Be Needed

A wooded property full of beautiful mature trees may seem like the perfect place to build a home. However, it's important to keep in mind that some of these trees will need to be removed in order to build the home. Not only will space need to be made for the home itself, but things like heavy machinery must also be able to make their way onto the property in order to build the home. Trees will also need to be removed in order to put utilities in place if the land is undeveloped. 

The Budget May Be Affected

One mistake that many homeowners make is not taking tree removal into account when budgeting for their new home. It can cost anywhere from $75 to $1,500 to remove just one tree. Overall it costs on average between $1,236 to $4,317 to prepare land for construction. Attempting to keep specific trees in place while removing others often leads to increased costs. The good news is that in areas where timber is in demand, it may be possible to recoup some of the costs. However, it's important to get estimates for tree removal costs before starting the construction process.

Trees Will Continue To Grow

Another thing to consider when it comes to building a home on a wooded lot is the fact that the trees that are in place will continue to grow. While a tree may be far enough away that it won't cause damage to the home's foundation when it is first built, that may change a few years into the future. Large trees that are 70 feet or taller are best left at least 20 feet away from the home, while medium-size trees should be at least 15 feet away and small trees 8 to 10 feet away. Any tree that is close to the home and likely to grow much taller should be removed.

Building a new home is exciting. However, it's important to take a close look at how many trees are present on the lot before beginning the building process. Tree removal is likely going to be needed on most lots and can add thousands of dollars to the budget. It's also important to think about the future. While a tree may not be a threat to the home at the present moment, it may be in the future. Contact a company like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc. for more information.