Tree Inspections & Risk Assessment

Safety issues in trees aren't always obvious, particularly when viewed from the ground.

Are your trees safe?

When was the last time you had your trees inspected or had a tree risk assessment? We recommend a thorough inspection every 2 to 3 years to help protect your property, loved ones, and trees.

Schedule a tree inspection and risk assessment today with the experts at Seattle Tree Care!


Why Get a Tree Inspection?

Seattle Tree Care offers inspections and evaluations of trees in your yard to determine the amount of risk they pose to your home. For example, what's likely to happen if you decide to construct a walkway or widen the driveway? Or what's the likelihood that the tree that provides welcome summer shade today will crash and damage your residence in the next winter storm?

Tree Inspections From the Trusted Local Team


Trees Can Be More Hazardous Than You May Think

In 2019, Seattle City Light inspected more than 4,000 trees (on both public and private land) for potential hazards near power lines. The results were eye-opening.

  • 28% of the inspected trees were removed due to safety concerns
  • 70% were pruned to reduce potential hazards
  • 36% were identified as needing future pruning
  • 32% were slated for future removal
  • 63% were listed for future monitoring
  • 25% were in need of fertilization
  • 13% needed future cabling

The good news is that a regular tree inspection by a Certified Arborist will give you the information you need to proactively manage your trees and prevent future hazards.


Here to Help

Seattle Tree Care has 12 ISA Certified Arborists and 9 Qualified Tree Risk Assessors (TRAQ) on staff to assess the health and safety of your trees.


Considering a Tree Inspection?

Call on our Certified Arborists and Qualified Tree Risk Assessors to get a thorough evaluation of your trees.


Aerial Inspections

Aerial inspections deploy a climbing arborist to complete a Level III Visual Tree Assessment or VTA. This is composed of a noninvasive, 360-degree inspection of the tree’s canopy to see if anything needs to be addressed, such as weak attachments, deadwood, or in many instances, the presence of wildlife. These adhere to the protocol set forth by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

At Seattle Tree Care, our climbing arborists pride themselves in spotting risks that may lie within the upper canopy. Our goal is for you to rest easy knowing that your property is safe. You might even find out that you have a few furry or feathery tenants!


Certified Arborist Reports and Documentation

Our Certified Arborists can provide documentation about your tree(s) in the form of verbal recommendations or through written reports and/or property management plans. We can also create:

  • risk mitigation plans
  • restoration plans
  • planting plans
  • tree health management plans
  • monitoring plans.

The goal of these reports is to ensure that trees on your property are properly cared for. This can include a comprehensive checklist of tasks that need to be completed to ensure the health of your trees, such as pruning, fertilizing, watering, pruning, cabling, pest and disease treatments, or even removal.

Benefits of a Tree Risk Assessment

The damage done by a fallen tree on your home will cost you more than it will to have your tree examined by certified and licensed arborists. If you are unsure about having a risk assessment on your trees, here are a few reasons why you should consider doing so:

  1. Prevent Property Damage

    Many people schedule a tree risk assessment out of concern about the risk of property damage or injury caused by a hazardous tree that unexpectedly falls or breaks apart. Depending on the size of the tree that fails, the damage could range from a dent or small hole in your roof to a completely flattened home.

    Our comprehensive tree evaluation and hazard assessment will offer you insight into your tree's well-being and the potential danger it could cause. We provide an expert opinion and offer you a range of solutions if we determine that the tree presents more hazards than rewards for you. These may include pruning, trimming, tree health management, structural work, removal, or other tree services.

  2. Increase Tree Longevity

    Having your tree inspected by a Seattle arborist means that you’ll have the information you need about your tree’s health and overall condition. A strong, healthy tree will be able to withstand harsh weather better than a tree that’s structurally compromised or decaying from within. Our tree inspectors can provide guidance about your options, for ensuring that the tree remains safe. We can also help you make a decision about any treatments that could help your tree recover from (or avoid) disease or insect infestations that make trees unsightly and unsafe.

  3. Improve Curb Appeal

    Trees with damage, unappealing structure or shape, or those suffering from severe pest or disease problems detract from the overall appearance (and value) of your property. Many of these situations are preventable with regular inspections and care. 


What Our Tree Inspection Experts Look For

Our educated and certified team of arborists use the most up-to-date techniques, tools, and strategies to perform a thorough tree inspection and risk assessment. When you hire Seattle Tree Care, one of our Qualified Tree Risk Assessors will inspect your trees for any of these visible signs:

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Open cavities in the tree trunk

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Broken or rotten branches

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Erosion around tree roots

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Signs that the tree is leaning

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Overgrown crown or tree canopy

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Cracks in tree bark

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Declining tree health

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Fungus growth

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Potential safety risks

Schedule Your Tree Inspection and Risk Assessment Today!

Are you concerned about a leaning, overgrown, or unhealthy-looking tree near your home? Speak to one of our staff members to schedule your tree inspection and risk assessment today!