nag, nag, nag!

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Home Inspector with VICO Home Inspection NACHI07070602

I know you hear us inspectors whine and nag about the shubbery is too close to the house.  I see it frequently and I know it sounds like we report it all the time.  But please take a peek at what can happen when our advise on shrubbery is not taken.        

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InterNACHI Certified Inspector
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection
eMail: vgchinell@gmail.com
Affiliate Member of the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors

Comments (75)

Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

Oh my goodness!  I am sure the homeowners are not excited about that.

Jun 26, 2013 01:46 AM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO
CPI

Gene, You give this stuff a little time and no maintenance... look out.

Travis,  I hope it never gets to this stage in anyones home but it can and does happen.

Karen, I think it was just from the house sitting with no one around to take care of the plant issue in the begining.

Jun 26, 2013 02:20 AM
Theresa Akin
CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP - Corpus Christi, TX

I have seen vines come through the house just like that. The seller had the audacity to say it was leftover from a plant they had sitting near it. PLEASEEE!  My buyers moved on to a different house. I also have seen tree limbs work their way into homes. I hate the homes that have the terrariums built in and they actually have trees growing in the middle of the house. All I can think of is mosquitoes and West Nile Virus habitat.

Jun 26, 2013 02:44 AM
Theresa Akin
CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP - Corpus Christi, TX

Same difference as previous post about tree limb damage. Can damage the foundation at same time as limbs on the roof.

Jun 26, 2013 02:46 AM
Ric Mills
Keller Williams Southern Az - Tucson, AZ
Integrity, Honesty, and Vast Real Estate Knowledge

Here in the west, the shrubbery and water bring termites and it is not a good idea.  Great post.

Jun 26, 2013 03:02 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
I have seen that happen in older homes in Texas! K
Jun 26, 2013 03:58 AM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO
CPI

Teresa, there are no excuses just keep the shrubs and trees away from the house.  It's to the owners benefit in the long run.  You are exactly right.  I've blogged on the tree root issue and foundations here before.

Thanks, Rick.  With plants comes moisture.  Termites love it!

Kathy, Thanks for stopping by.  It usually just takes a little regular care???

Jun 26, 2013 04:21 AM
Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
Your agent under the sun

I would leave a longer comment but have to go do some trimming around the house... Thanks for the warning!

Jun 26, 2013 11:31 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Amazingly, I've never seen that condition in any home.

Jun 26, 2013 05:25 PM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO
CPI

Monique, I'm here to be of service!

Kimo, You never know what's lurking around the corner!

Jun 26, 2013 05:48 PM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Wow Vince!  We have seen ivy get behind the exterior feature, but never into a house.  Keep nagging!

Jun 26, 2013 08:06 PM
Jackie Cross
Real Living All Florida Realty - Port St Lucie, FL

I constantly nag on our tenants who seem not to care about such.  Usually we end up having to do extensive trimming when they finally move out.  I prefer to keep all vegetation at least 2 feet from the home.  See what happens when a tenant is in a home too long and does not take care...

PARROT TREE  Trees and roots can damage the foundation and must be removed.  This is a home I took over from someone else and now must solve the issues.

Jun 26, 2013 11:01 PM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO
CPI

Jackie,  Yes plants are cute when their small but stuff happens...

Jun 28, 2013 02:20 PM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO
CPI

Thanks Bob, but you know what I mean about inspection reports and not everybody takes us seriously.

Jun 28, 2013 02:23 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Vince,

So what's the big deal? Oh I see, the buyer do'es not want to have to mow the living room.

Redneck at it's best right there. :-)

Have a great day in Missouri.

Best, Clint McKie

Jun 29, 2013 05:29 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Vince,

I went to the Click to verify and there was no listing for you....HMMMMM....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not really, but I had you going.

I just passed the tests for next year. Renewing in July.

Have a great day in Missouri my good friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jun 29, 2013 05:33 AM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO
CPI

Put me heart back in my chest, I'll send you the bill...Me too in July.  Have a great day your self,  are you planning on being my neighbor to the South?

Jun 29, 2013 09:55 PM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Thank you.

Aug 11, 2013 07:48 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello Vince, I bet that was a bit of a surprise...not sure that I've seen that happen.  I don't like anything growing on the house and I don't like trees that grow up next to a foundation or the branchs, leaves etc. against a home...so many problems.

Aug 24, 2013 01:34 PM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Great photo! That's a new one for me. An indoor and outdoor plant.

Nov 26, 2013 11:47 PM