On of the very best things about being a home inspector is that I get to visit about 365 homes each year (I try to limit myself to one inspection a day).
I get to see the rich with their maids, butlers, nannies, gardeners, and pool guys (smile if you remember the pool guy from “Legally Blonde”).
I get to see families trying to make it in the world without maids, butlers, nannies, gardeners, and pools, much less pool guys.
I get to see what other people have done which often gives me ideas.
A great example is this garden path from today’s inspection:
See the long tree root that is creating part of the path border? I would never have thought to do that. I would have covered that root with some soil, leveled it, planted some flowers on top of it, and gone on my merry way. I’m still inclined to plant some flowers instead of using landscape bark, but I absolutely love using the tree root as a path border.
The tree is a eucalyptus, about 200′ tall and probably planted in 1940 when the house was built. Unfortunately, eucalyptus trees have shallow root systems (proof in the picture) and are very brittle. This tree was planted about twenty feet from the house, so if a good period of rain comes, or some high winds, parts of the tree, or even the tree itself, could fall on the house. Not good.
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