cut it down or trim (by NC [FL]) Apr 17, 2019 4:44 PM|
cut it down or trim (by Deanna [TX]) Apr 17, 2019 4:46 PM
cut it down or trim (by Joe [CA]) Apr 17, 2019 4:47 PM
cut it down or trim (by NE [PA]) Apr 17, 2019 5:34 PM
cut it down or trim (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 17, 2019 5:56 PM
cut it down or trim (by plenty [MO]) Apr 17, 2019 6:22 PM
cut it down or trim (by DJ [VA]) Apr 17, 2019 9:19 PM
cut it down or trim (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 17, 2019 11:53 PM
cut it down or trim (by Lynx [GA]) Apr 18, 2019 8:11 AM
cut it down or trim (by LindaJ [NY]) Apr 18, 2019 10:00 AM
cut it down or trim (by Pmh [TX]) Apr 18, 2019 3:34 PM
cut it down or trim (by JKJ [MA]) Apr 18, 2019 6:46 PM
cut it down or trim (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 19, 2019 3:15 PM
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cut it down or trim (by NC [FL]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2019 4:44 PM
One of my properties I am planning on selling in the very near future. The property has a very large oak tree, branches hanging over the over the roof. I got an estimate for trimming and cutting down to include stump removal. The difference is $900, do I trim or cut, knowing I am selling it soon? --99.166.xxx.xx
cut it down or trim (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2019 4:46 PM
Do the roots interfere with any plumbing lines or the foundation?
If not, just go ahead and trim. If it's threatening structural integrity of major systems, make the whole thing go away.
But do it before you put it on the market so your potential buyers don't end up with opinions about what your choice was. --166.137.xxx.xxx
cut it down or trim (by Joe [CA]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2019 4:47 PM
Trim carefully. How many other nice trees on the property? --76.105.x.xxx
cut it down or trim (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2019 5:34 PM
Selling in a few weeks? Leave it there unless the buyers ask for it cut/trimmed.
Flipping houses is a big game of kick the can down the road. --50.32.xxx.xx
cut it down or trim (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2019 5:56 PM
A home inspector will probably ask that it be removed before the mortgage company agrees to give a mortgage. I know when I changes homeowner's insurance companies a guy came out and told me I had to cut a lot of branches away from over the roof and also remove a large old cedar that was too close to the house. If you get rid of it then it won't create a selling issue. I love trees but that's the question you asked. Also in FL you are likely to get more than the average of strong storm winds. You would be doing yourself, the buyer and the insurance company a big favor by taking it down. If you feel bad, plant another one farther away. I had to take a large oak down this sprint. The top was dying out and big branches could fall on cars parked under it or people who walked under it as it was right near the public sidewalk. Four thousand dollars later, I am glad I did because have had some bad windstorms. A gust of 81 mph was detected not far south of here. I usually "know" when it's time and cut down a large oak months before Hurricane Sandy took down several of my other smaller trees. --173.61.xxx.xx
cut it down or trim (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2019 6:22 PM
Gone. I am getting rid of problem trees. Touch the roof... your gone! Drop your leaves...out of here. Seems every house i buy has a large tree. Any inspector will note limbs touching roof. Any insurance guy will note branches that are dead or could fall on house. And sewer line inspection will note roots in pipes. Gone. I will do a happy dance if you rid yourself if this tree. Plant a smaller tree if you wish; i won't be on earth to deal with that growth. Gone! Be gone with large trees! --99.203.xx.xxx
cut it down or trim (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2019 9:19 PM
If it's healthy, just trim it back so it's not touching the roof. A nice big tree like that provides cooling shade (especially in FL). Focus on its benefit to the property. Since you are selling, you don't need to worry about the concerns Ally & Plenty have listed. --68.10.xxx.x
cut it down or trim (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2019 11:53 PM
Many of my fellow landlords have just allowed trees to grow. In one case instead of pulling the "tree" out of the ground when it was just taking hold, they allowed it to take over -- costing $1000 to cut down and remove it some 15 years later.
I would trim the tree. If you're going to sell then just trim it enough so that the branches don't put the structure in danger. --47.156.xx.xx
cut it down or trim (by Lynx [GA]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 8:11 AM
If you are selling and the roots are not causing plumbing issues and the limbs are not causiing electrical issues, don't waste your money. The buyer might like the tree. If not, he can ask you to cut it as a part of the offer or cut it himself. Or if it's rubbing on the house, just trim back a little. --99.122.xx.xxx
cut it down or trim (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 10:00 AM
Shade is always nice in the summer. It helps with keeping the house and yard cool (energy costs) You can't grow another in time you want to sell. So I would prefer cutting it back unless the roots are getting in the way, it is old enough to be an issue with falling etc. If there are other trees nearby, it might be best to remove it.
I recently had a pin oak removed from a property. It is very hard to trim them back, it shaded the property way too much. The maples got trimmed and the canopy raise. Enough sun in the yard, but still shaded areas. --108.4.xxx.xx
cut it down or trim (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 3:34 PM
trim it. an old oak tree. trees need trimming - is not a reason to cut down. I have seen estimates that big trees add 1,000s of value. --104.218.xxx.xx
cut it down or trim (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 6:46 PM
Just trim it, insurance companies and inspectors worry about dead branches because of the liability when they fall, and touching and overhanging branches because of damage they cause rubbing, plus they are highways for squirrels to get on and in your home. Now if the trunk is close or leaning over and close to the house, or the roots are in danger of causing damage, cut it down. --71.248.xxx.xxx
cut it down or trim (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 3:15 PM
As a retired home inspector, I'll give you what I would evaluate during a home inspection....
Keep in mind this is all subjective and we're looking for a variety of things...home inspectors are not tree experts, so we can only give generalized advice.
if the tree is "near" the house (no definition of "near", but we were usually more focused on root issues...so I would usually call anything closer than about 15-20 feet as being "near"), then I would put in the report...
"A tree is near the house. Trees can cause a number of issues, including falling trunks/limbs/branches during high winds causing damage to the house and nearby structures, clogging gutters with leaves, allowing vermin onto the roof which may then enter a chimney, and also roots can cause issues with foundations and underwater pipes/wiring. I recommend consulting with a tree expert and considering removal of the tree."
If you can evaluate these things yourself using common sense, you may be ok just trimming the tree.
Are the branches close to the roof? Is the tree or a major limb leaning over the house such that it may be more susceptible to falling? Is the tree dead/weak? Are the underground utilities located near the tree roots? These are all things we try to evaluate as best we can to minimize the risk.
If you don't see any impending catastrophe, I'd be inclined to simply trim it. --99.92.xxx.xxx
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