Tree removal by a professional service can be expensive. This guide shows the hidden secrets of how to remove your trees at the cheapest possible cost.
Follow these 13 money-saving options for your next tree removal services.
Tree services are seasonal, and so is their pricing. A tree service company that is already fully booked with a month’s workload will likely charge more for new removal requests. You can consider removing your own tree at a time of the year when tree removal requests are low.
Just knowing the right time of year is going to save you hundreds. And in the case of tree services, the warmer weather always brings more work. Where possible, reach out to tree companies when they are quiet or during the winter months when there are fewer contracts to do.
2# Free tree removal for seniors
Some states have programs that render assistance in the form of grants to help lower-income households and free tree removal for seniors. This is not accessible to all, but worth looking into in your state to see if it applies to you.
3# Sell the Firewood
This is a two-fold saving. Firstly you tell the tree service that they will not need to haul away the whole tree, they will just need to cut the tree day and take the branches.
This is going to save you money on the price of tree removal. Then you take a photo of the trunk or wood of the tree and place an ad on eBay or gumtree. Start an auction for $1 and see what bidding goes to. You can normally get $85 per tonne for unsplit green firewood.
4# Competitive companies
Yeah right Ben, but where do we find them? Well on pages 2, 3 and 4 of Google. You see companies pay a premium to be seen at the top of search engines. But by skipping the companies with a large marketing budget, you are going to get awesome local companies that charge very reasonable prices.
5# Get referral coupons
Some of the popular tree care and removal companies use this strategy to increase their reach. They give coupons to clients for them to refer others to their services. With a coupon rate of about 10% to 50%, you will definitely spend so much less on your tree removal. If you’re removing more than one tree from your yard, it becomes a no-brainer offer.
If you choose to refer many people to such companies yourself, you will find yourself saving a few bucks. You should therefore look out for tree care companies with effective Referral Compensation Plans.
6# Get your power company to remove the tree
If you’re looking to remove one or more trees close to overhead power lines, a lot of the time power companies will come to the party. Sometimes they will only want to trim the tree, but this can result in a smaller tree, which you can then hire a local tree service to finish off for less.
7# DIY tree removal
Bit of a no-brainer on this one, but worth mentioning. Tree removal can be dangerous, so only take it on if the tree is smaller than 12 feet and you don’t need a ladder.
Also, make sure you have taken a safety course on using a chainsaw and are wearing the correct protective equipment.
Never work alone with a chainsaw. Be sure to get assistance from a family member or neighbor.
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8# Dispose of the waste yourself
One of the things that contributes to increased labor costs in tree removal is green waste disposal. Offering to do this yourself will save you hundreds of dollars. You can use any of these options for your green waste disposal
- Hire a skip
- Put out for council waste collection day
- Dispose the waste in your green waste bin
9# Sell the timber on online sites
10# Hire a gardener, not an arborist
11# Get the City to remove the tree free
For trees that are located on the city land, you can get the city to remove the tree if it is encroaching on your property or if it is a danger to the public.
If you’re worried about removing such a tree, all you need to do is reach out to your city council office and let them know the status of the tree. They will most likely agree that tree removal is necessary and get their tree specialists to do the job.