This is a follow up to the post What not to do when listing a house part 2. I said that there was another disturbing addition at this property. It seems like common sense to know that a tree can get large and damage a foundation. I usually like to see large trees at least 10 feet from the house.
Another component of the house that doesn't play well with roots is the plumbing system. Roots can cause leaky pipes and plug sewer lines.
Here is one location where I just had to say get it out now while it is small.
The side walk is to the right. The trunk only has one place to go. When it does it will break the gas meter and leave no way to shut it off. When it does cause a leak and the home owner goes out and starts their car in the garage just 3 feet away the whole neighborhood could go up like something you see in the movies.