How to Reduce the Cost of Tree Removal Services ….
Some solutions will help you in the short-term and more are of a longer term solution to the management of trees. Keep in mind some recommendations will not be suitable and each person situation is different, risk is different for everyone and always to best to be better safe than sorry for keep this advice in perspective and if unsure, check with a certified local arborist if you are unsure.
Get the job done off-season will help you reduce the cost of tree removal, often companies in high season will be charing full rates and will be charging you per tree. In off season it is possible to get a fixed cost on the total work when you tree removal company is in a go slow period. This may vary when that is depending on where you are living, but the most obvious time to avoid calling tree removal companies is during stormy and windy weather. There busy and you will pay high costs and will wait for the pleasure. if unsure, simply call a local removal company and ask when is there quiet season and you want to get a quote during this period.
Get more estimates – this may seem obvious but often when faced with a potential high bill, after getting your first quote, with the price being received can leave some people a little overcome by the unanticipated cost, they forget to go out and get more prices, if you can get three to five quotes it will give you a much better perspective.
Do the cleanup and cutting yourself – If you can work it out with the tree company that you are willing to do the cleanup and chipping and cutting of firewood yourself, there maybe ways to reduce the cost, you will have to check with each quote and some companies may not give you this option but worth checking.
Check Craigslist for a cheaper quote – You can often find someone on Craigslist to do it for cheaper for you but again like everything in life it comes with its own risk and you need to keep that in mind. Not recommended by us but an option.
Get Regular Trimming done – to reduce storm damage and falling beaches. Remember storms and high winds are often natures way of cleaning up what needs to be brought down, weak and rotten trees will often only fall during bad weather because of lack of attention to their health. Remember trees are continuously growing each year, regular trimming can reduce the risk of over-stretched limbs and weak trees. As well its increases the health and appearance of to overall tree re-enforcing better health so you have less damage during high winds. For regular trimming, Contact us here.
Get Your trees done one at a time over a few years – break down the cost of your tree removal over the course of a few years rather than in one swoop. If you have trees that need urgent attention, best to deal with them first, simple branch removal may be enough in the short term to help in spreading the job out over time.
Get the estimate broken down into its relevant parts – if you can get the estimate broken down into individual parts, it will give some opportunity to try and offset the cost of some of the quote such as getting the timber cut and chipped and brush. You may want to do some of this yourself. At least you will be able to see if there is room to reduce costs.
Get an Arborist assessment before getting any trees cut -Sometimes you can remove certain branches to stabilize the tree, and branches can also be cabled to reduce the chance of their breaking and falling. Trees can also be assessed to determine if their trunks are rotten and what condition they are in, this will give you a more expert view as to what actually needs to be done in relation to what you think needs to be done.
Asking someone locally to take the tree for firewood in exchange for cutting it for free – keep in mind this comes with its own risks, wont suit everyone but for smaller jobs that are low risk and if you can agree with a local or a neighbor an exchange of timer for cutting down of tree, great, but exercise this option with extreme caution, can go very wrong if not managed carefully. We do not recommend this option for the majority of people.
Ask what is their payment policy? – Check with the company giving you the quote, what is their payment options are, some of the large tree removal companies do provide some financing or payment over a course of time, if you have the option for this, it can reduce the pain of cost in the short-term.
Check with the tree expert if they are using a lift truck or climbers to do the job? – The use of a lift truck is far easier for a company and more efficient but it can be more expensive than using climbers, climbers can be a cheaper option some of time, sometimes this may not reduce the cost, you will have to check with the company and your location.
Flat fee estimate or Per hour estimate? – Check with the estimator are they giving you an estimate on a flat fee basis or approximating it on a time basis. Sometimes it can be best to go for a flat fee option especially where jobs are complex and unpredictable.
Before buying a property, always check the trees and get a heath check on them so you can take into consideration the longterm costs of maintaining them. If you already renovating, maybe a good time to deal with them when you already have contractors on the site.
Do part of the job yourself – get a professional tee company to fall the tree and then you cut it up for firewood so you are gaining with the firewood or alternatively, sell the firewood locally to offset your falling costs.
Do ongoing annual maintenance to your trees such as dealing with trimming and cutting excess limbs, see it like going to your dentist regularly, you will not have to deal with any unsuspected surprises apart from storms and events beyond your control.
Warning – the above advice is giving you some ideas and tips to reduce cost however we do not recommend any shortcuts that will increase risk and increase the potential further damage to property as result we only recommend you dealing with a fully certified and qualified professional that gives you the very best advice irrelevant of cost and other opportunities. We recommend you check all quotes are given by insured and certified professionals. If in doubt please check your location here and give us a call
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HOW TO KNOW YOUR COSTS BEFORE YOU HIRE A TREE EXPERT
Tree cutting and removal is that one job that a person must never consider doing himself. It requires actual training and experience to chop down a tree.
Not only expertise but real equipment is needed, but for you it is very important to educate yourself about typical tree cutting prices, the equipment needed, the cost for each step and the factors that should be kept in mind before any tree removal job.
Nowadays, professional companies and contractors are just a phone call away to get the job done, but before calling anyone you must keep in mind the cost they will charge.
You need to make sure you get the value for the cost you are paying and to do so you must have an idea about the average range of prices.
Tree Cutting and Removal
The cost to remove a tree varies from $150 to $1200. It merely depends on the tree services you have in mind. Some basic services are included in a package which is to chop down a tree, if near a building the tree is roped down, or it is divided into manageable pieces to cut it easily without any damage, and dragged away without any extra charges.
However, cutting down a tree almost never includes removing the stump of the tree, it is in every case charged separately as it requires different equipment and expertise.
Factors The Influence Cost
The cost you will have to pay for getting a tree removed depends mainly on the size of the tree. Average cost for a tree up to 25 feet tall varies from $150 to $500, for a tree which is 25 to 75 feet tall varies from $200 to $1200. Whereas a tree higher than 75 feet would cost $1500 minimum. Nevertheless, other factors also play an important role. Some of them are listed below:
Height and diameter are both used to measure the size of tree. It is an important factor because cutting down a tree with more diameter is going to be harder than a tree which has less thickness.
The tree if healthy and in good shape is harder to remove than a weak tree with already dying roots. One must always make sure to bargain if the tree is weak, it will cost you less.
If a tree is near buildings or residential areas it becomes hard to chop it and drag it. It needs to be roped down very carefully to make sure it does not cause any damage. So, it will cost more. But if the tree you are getting removed is in a place where it can be chopped down easily make sure you have to pay less.
If the tree is fallen and has already caused damage then it costs more because it needs to be very carefully taken out without causing any more damage.
Stump removal is the trickiest of the jobs, it costs on average $165 but the cost may vary depending on the diameter of the tree, the condition of the soil, the roots, and also the time in which you want it removed. There are various methods to remove a stump and the equipment used can also vary depending how fast and efficiently you want it removed.
Trimming and Pruning
Trimming a tree sounds like an easy job but in reality it is more than just removing the dead or broken limbs. Doing it yourself is always dangerous unless the tree size is small and manageable.
It can cause serious damages if done without any professional help. The average cost ranges from $50 to $1000 depending on the size, location, health, accessibility of the tree and the time passed since last it was pruned. You might be charged around $250 in case of emergency trimming services. So, try not to avoid trimming for a long time, if may cost you more as time passes.
How to Reduce Tree Service Costs – Getting Cheaper Quotes
Now you know some of the factors that you need to consider when looking at how to hiring a tree expert the following are some tips and hacks you can do to reduce the cost of tree services, some of these ideas can be both action based as well as preventative measures:
Before buying a property, inspect the health of the trees and factor in the cost of longterm health and maintenance issues that will need to be dealt with as you develop the property and trees that might give you problems further down the road. Deal with them early when you have hired staff on the property. This will always work out cheaper than getting out a tree expert specifically but get a recommend expert where possible and if required.
When you have a dead or dying tree, act early rather than waiting and prevent further potential damage to your property or neighbors.
When planting new trees, get advice on what trees to plant and where to prevent having to pay maintenance on the tree in ten years time and longer especially as people enter retirement when they have less resources, you dont want to have to remove trees where possible. Plant suitable trees for the type of soil as well as the location close to buildings and taking into consideration the growth rate and conditions.
Current Action Measures
Do part of the job yourself – Hire a tree expert to fall the tree and when its fallen, you cut it up and block it for firewood. This way your saving on the cutting and gaining firewood. Alternatively, sell on the firewood to neighbors or locals to counteract the cost of the tree falling.
Maintain your trees annually to prevent longterm care costs, its a bit like regular trips to your dentist will yield you very few surprises, same with your trees in most cases. Annual trimming, watering and overall care will keep your bills down in the long term.
For more ides on how to reduces costs of tree care check out our article here reducing the cost of tree services
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Choosing Your Tree Professional
Once you have narrowed down what specific tree service you require, the next step is to think about the type of people that you want for the job. There are some crucial questions to consider:
Do they have references?
Their record is important, so ask around. Even if you located them in the phone book or online, knowing they did a professional job on other homes and businesses in the area will reassure you, and reinforce the idea that they are the right company for your job.
How long will they take?
This is an area where many companies can take unfair advantage of customers. A dishonest service will linger longer than necessary and rack up rates. Find out beforehand an estimate of how long the job should realistically take. By asking, you can pinpoint the most efficient companies, as well as confirm what you’ve found out though references; former customers will be able to tell you whether or not the estimated time and price given to them at the beginning was actually what the final bill ended up looking like.
What equipment are they using?
This may seem like an odd thing to focus on, but the tools a company is using determines the quality of their work and the professionalism of their service. They should be using things like axes, chainsaws, safety gear, and so forth. Listen for items like that to be named when you ask questions, and if it sounds like they’re missing paramount tools, you may want to think twice about using their tree removal service.
Can they provide a copy of their license and insurance?
If the company isn’t happy to show you these, it should send up warning flags. All tree removal services should have both in order to prove that they are certified by the state to practice and that they are able to protect their employees in the event of injury.
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