There are five trees/shrubs around this house that are planted very close to it. Should they be removed? If so, what would be an appropriate method for removal? Would cutting them short be enough?
It depends on what the owner wants. Certainly none is large enough to cause structural damage if it fell. If there are some leaves and twigs rubbing painted surfaces ,that could be a problem. I would, and do ,prune any that may rub paint. Also any branches that may fall on aerial wires; eg. electric , phone, cable, etc, although none are apparent.