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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Maria Gilda Racelis Normally not unless the tree roots impact the structure of the property.

Nov 03, 2015 02:32 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Have never seen home inspector made reference except to clean the leaves droppings from gutter.  City of San Jose has a disclosure on sidewalk trees..

Nov 03, 2015 02:00 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Maria. Hell no, but that isn't always the case. Have seen many inspection reports that bring it up, it just doesn't make any sense.

Nov 03, 2015 04:50 PM
Shawn Dawson
Plains to Lakes Home Inspections - Casselton, ND
Anyone else is just looking around®

Trees should be included if they pose any danger of damaging the structure or are a safety issue

Nov 03, 2015 01:11 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Not every tree on the property, but ones that are affecting foundation and roofline.

Nov 03, 2015 11:43 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Only if it is laying on the roof.

Nov 03, 2015 11:35 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

They are of significant value, much more than many of the things that are inspected.


Nov 03, 2015 11:14 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Only if they have the potential to damage any of the structure.

Nov 03, 2015 08:37 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Maria, this is very good question.

Nov 03, 2015 08:13 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

No, they are not mechanical...

Nov 03, 2015 07:46 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Only if it is causing foundation problems are limbs that are scrapping the roof and affecting the shingles.

Nov 03, 2015 07:34 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Only if it's growing in the house and has a purpose other than standing there.


Nov 03, 2015 06:51 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Only if they decide to hug a house

Nov 03, 2015 06:45 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

Most trees are not covered. I guess a buyer could have a arborist to look at the trees.

Nov 03, 2015 05:38 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

Only if they post a threat to the property or to safety.

Nov 03, 2015 05:07 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Maria Gilda Racelis usually, my home inspector does go over it if the trees are close to home and even if there is a possibility of them falling on house.

Though never about the health of the trees - to best of my knowledge.

Should they? A good idea.

Nov 03, 2015 04:00 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

As a non agent, but just a home owner, I'd say yes IF it impacts the integrity of house and driveway.  I've had many home buyers who were told by home inspector that they should remove some trees (and they did so before moving in).

Nov 03, 2015 03:45 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If the tree poses a danger to the home, such as roots are starting to crack the foundation, then yes, I think it would be appropriate to mention it in the report.  I have had this on a couple of inspections.

Nov 03, 2015 03:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Inspectors typically check the trees/shrubbery that are close to/touching the house. They always put in the report that those should be pruned so they do not touch the house; in fact, I think they usually recommend a 6" gap. Bugs and water could impact siding/etc if they aren't kept pruned.

Nov 03, 2015 02:48 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm of the view that it should be called out if the trees are too close to the property, pose a threat to the property or the roots may intrude.


Out here I have recently seen inspectors call out for having a BRAND NEW (less than two months old) sewer line inspected because tree roots may have compromised it.  Lovely boiler plate that caused the buyer to spend a few hundred to inspect a brand new line.


In my own transactions, I've had insurance companies require trees to be trimmed or removed to insure the house.  I don't think a tree warning is out of place for an inspector, when warrented.

Nov 03, 2015 02:29 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

If they present a risk of damage to the structures or hardscape, yes. Otherwise no.

Nov 03, 2015 02:16 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

No. Absolutely not. 

The only exception MAY be the consequence of a century oak raising the pavement a bit too close to the house and only when such is observable.

When a TREE is in need of inspection, someone knowledgeable about trees is more advisable than someone who enjoys their shade.


Nov 03, 2015 01:59 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes, especially if they look like they could possibly fall onto house, roots could heave sidewallks or patios, and even crack foundations. Have arborist look at them.

Nov 03, 2015 01:53 AM
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Thank you all for the responses. So far, I have seen home inspection reports which made mention of the tree being hollowed--- or-- dying-- and they are approximately 10 feet away from the house.

I don't know why they could make that kind of assessment when they are not an arborist. I looked at the trees and they were standing tall and leaves were green and branches were not falling.

And of course, I could not determine if they were indeed dying or had to come down as such determination is beyond my expertise.

Can an inspector give an input? I love all the answers shared by the members. They are all good and no answer is wrong.

Nov 03, 2015 09:14 PM
Toronto, ON

An arborist would have specialized knowledge about trees. 

Nov 03, 2015 09:02 PM