Asked by Fiona Green, Boston College, MA • Thu Sep 13, 2012
We are considering a house in a good school district. It was built in 1960s. It has a huge pinetree about 4-5 meters away from the garage end of the house. Its roots has cracked some of the driveway already. Our concern is, if we have to cut down the tree, the stump and dead roots may bring termites to the foundation. If we only cut down the roots which cracks the driveway, it will still cause some dead roots and may present a risk for termites, and part of the tree may be dead and present a risk to hit the house with its branches.
If we do nothing to the roots and only pour more concrete to the driveway to make it a thicker and new driveway, it may get cracked again when the roots grow.
Please advise if we should buy such a house. No experience and don't know how much energy and money we will be facing up to. Seller said $5000 by quoting and we are not sure if it is more than that...
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