When we had our new house inspected before we bought it the first thing the inspector said to me before even introducing himself was "That tree has to come down. I won't let you buy this house if removing that tree isn't part of the deal." The tree in question was a Chinese Elm (otherwise known as a really big weed) on the south side of our house and was literally right up against the house:
To say that the tree was encroaching on the foundation is the understatement of the year. The view from that basement window was nothing but tree trunk:
We got several bids for removing the tree and the lowest by far was Discount Tree (I highly recommend them!). Our neighbor, Sunny, a nice elderly man who lives alone was so excited that we were having the tree removed that he offered to pay half the cost. Apparently he and the previous owner fought bitterly over having the tree removed and Sunny ended up spending $1000.00 to have the branches hanging over his house removed. The crew leader from Discount Tree was obviously nervous about working in such a tight space and asked me several times if I was absolutely sure I wanted the whole tree removed. Despite his reservations he got in there and got it done and did a great job. Here they are four hours into the job:
After about seven hours of work all they had was trunk. Since the space was so tight they couldn't just cut it from the bottom for fear of it falling the wrong way and damaging one of the houses, so they had to take that trunk down in one and a half to two foot slices, which you can see in the back of the trunk in this photo:
The only damage done was this big tire trench through the tender young grass I planted a couple weeks ago in a bare spot in my front lawn. The day after I seeded the area I realized that it would probably get ruined during tree removal. Hind sight is 20/20- oh well.