Was There A Tree Here

In the picture above the black circle represents an area where a tree could have been removed. If you notice the sidewalk is raised up slightly and there is a low spot in the ground in front of the sidewalk.

I examined the brick wall and there is a large vertical crack in it and this is a good sign of tree root problems. It probably wouldn't be hard to dig a small hole, less than 12 inches deep to find clues, whether there was a tree there were not.

Don't forget to ask the homeowners or even one of the neighbors about the tree or other items of interest while doing your home inspection.

If the tree was removed, find out why and if there was more damage caused from the tree.

Clues like this could lead to questions and answers that would benefit your home inspection.