Ivy covered buildings and homes may be pleasant to look at but the damage they can cause by trapping moisture, harboring insects and averting exterior maintenance.
Vines not only spread out but they grow in girth and can continue to grow unabated for years.
Old House Web shares the basics to removing ivy and vines before you end up with much more damage that will cost you more in the long run.
Simply cut the ivy and vines at the base of the trunks, as close to the roots as possible. Let it die, dry out, begin to decay and crumble. It should be fairly easy to remove the main trunks and branches, but take care not to remove house parts with it. Remember, the walls that have been covered are possibly compromised.