Could you plant that tree a little closer?

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Home Inspector with Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area InterNACHI 10041206

Trees.... we all love trees. Trees provide shade for us, our homes, and helps to purify our air that we breathe. Where trees don't belong is planted right beside the structure of our homes. I see it all the time, usually it's the builder with their landscaping packages. They put these cute little trees and bushes surrounding the newly built construction to dress it up and make the new home pretty. But, those little pretty bushes and trees grow up! They can destroy a homes foundation and the exterior walls. They can uproot driveways and sidewalks. Landscaping should be carefully planned for not just the moment, but for the future!

In this particular case, it's hard to believe that this one was intentionally planted in this location. It is literally right beside the concrete on the front entrance. I'm thinking it was one of those sweet little sprouts that popped up and nobody took the time to yank it up, and one day... voila! Tree! You can see in the pictures how it has damaged the stucco wall covering pretty badly. You can see the lath and underlayment is exposed. Yes, they have trimmed the limbs that caused the damage, but the tree trunk and roots still exist. Who doesn't believe it won't get worse? True, the side they are trying to shade is the southern exposure. This isn't doing it folks!

Size should be considered when planting shade or other trees, because they vary in height and spread. Large trees, up to 70 feet or more should be planted at least 20 feet from the home, medium-sized trees up to 70 feet tall, 15 feet from the home, and small trees 30 feet tall or less, 8 to 10 feet from the home.

Of course, I recommended the tree be removed. Will they do it? Shade is at a premium here, but at what cost? This was a Pre-Listing Inspection, the owner will at the very least have to repair the stucco damage. I'm betting the buyer's Home Inspector will recommend the tree be removed... waddyall think?

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Fred, I always shake my head when I see trees this close to a foundation, do they really not know what could happen when they are HUGE.

Oct 20, 2016 01:26 AM #1
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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This is something I see every day as well Fred Hernden and it makes me question the intelligence of the homeowner/landlord.

Oct 20, 2016 01:26 AM #2
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Joan - I shook my head on this one too!

Bob - You gotta think a little ahead!

Oct 20, 2016 01:33 AM #3
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Michael J. Perry
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I'm always shocked when I see people planting small trees next to their foundation !

Oct 20, 2016 01:34 AM #4
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Michael - I used to be, but I see it almost every day!

Oct 20, 2016 01:37 AM #5
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Some tree roots are more aggressive than others and few understand that!

Yes, they can damage the foundation, and sidewalk, and stairs, and siding, and roof and ... and ...

Oct 20, 2016 06:58 AM #6
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Joe Pryor
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When it is a tree like a Mulberry you know you will have trouble. Even with tap root systems this is too close.

Oct 20, 2016 07:10 AM #7
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Michele Cadogan
Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York - Brooklyn, NY
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My next question is what is the owners insurance company saying about this future liability -cracks in foundation and roots in the plumbing system.

Oct 20, 2016 12:39 PM #8
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Jay - And so on, and so on... it always amazes me!

Joe - Yessir, waaaaay too close!

Michele - No problems like that yet, but it did ruin the stucco, which is why I recommended cutting it down.

 

Oct 20, 2016 11:33 PM #9
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Recently, I visited a home that had a Mimosa tree planted within a couple feet of the foundation of a home.  It hadn't done damage yet, but it was only a matter of time.

Oct 26, 2016 12:48 PM #10
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Myrl - They're cute when they're young!

Oct 26, 2016 11:50 PM #11
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People seem to forget that trees GROW and that they can get into the foundation!

Oct 27, 2016 03:13 AM #12
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Barbara-Jo - That is true, they are cute when they're small!

Oct 29, 2016 01:17 AM #13
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I saw one the other dat that was growing out of a crawl space and through where there used to be a vent cover! I figure to remove that one they'd have to go into the crawl space with a chain saw, lol. Sounds like fun!

Mar 24, 2017 08:27 PM #14
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Rich - Sounds like fun to me... lol, I hope that the owner didn't plant that there on purpose!

Mar 25, 2017 07:56 AM #15
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