Buildings

Clearing the Land

One of the first steps in building a home is cleaning out the trees and bushes in the way of construction, but there are several considerations to take into account before the process begins. The size of a smaller or odd lot will often dictate that most of the greenery must go, but saving a few trees could keep it from looking too bare. Clearing the land should be done only after the lot has been walked, and the decision to keep some of the plants and trees could enhance the beauty of the new house naturally.

Trees are often an impediment to building, but there are other considerations. Keeping mature trees will add value to any structure built, but trees that have aged into decay can be a hazard. Few people really know how to tell whether a tree has become a hazard, and many times existing neighbors will try to insist any tree hovering near or over their land must be removed.

A professional arborist should be called to check on any tree that might pose a hazard to construction or existing structures, and the tree should be taken down by professionals if it turns out to be rotted on the inside. This will enhance the value of all the area properties, but taking down an existing tree in good health could have the opposite effect.

It always pays to get along with new neighbors, but their demands for greenery removal could be over the limit of what should be expected. Soothing their fears with professional assistance might not always work, but making the attempt could at least keep them at bay as construction begins. Their goal might be only to remove what they see as a hazard, but they could also be objecting to losing what they considered a part of their green space to a building they do not want next to them.