When a tree falls, the most important consideration is safety. Trees can topple due to storms, deterioration, or decay, often leading to unforeseen incidents. Begin by making sure everyone, including pets, in the vicinity is safe.

If the fallen tree poses a hazard that may result in a fire outbreak or electrical accidents, you should contact the police or fire department to report the fallen tree. These professionals are emergency team members who are trained to handle such situations and assess the risks.

This article gives you an insight into what you should do in case your tree or trees fall.

Who To Call for Fallen Tree Removal

Your utility company

If a tree falls on the power line in your neighborhood, you should call your utility company. Tree falls on power lines are the most dangerous as they pose the risk of electric hazards due to the downed power lines. You should always assume that the lines are live.

Ensure you keep a safe distance. Don’t attempt to remove any portion of the tree or even walk or drive close to it. Contact the power company and let them know about the tree. They’ll involve their certified line clearance experts in removing the tree and fixing the possible power outages at no cost to you. If the remnants of the tree are on your property, you’ll be responsible for the clean-up after the removal.

Your insurance company

If a tree falls on your home or other structures as a result of a storm, wind, or unforeseen instances, you should file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance company.

Most insurance policies will cover the damage to your home and properties especially if the tree’s falling wasn’t due to negligence on your part.

If a tree is dead or has fallen due to neglect, then your insurance company might not cover the removal.

Property owner

If a tree falls on the ground in your yard without posing any hazard, you will be responsible for removing such a tree. The maintenance of trees is the responsibility of the owner. If a tree dies, it is up to the owner to get it removed before it falls over.

You should call a Certified Arborist and have them assess the situation. Arborists are highly trained when it comes to working with equipment and complex tree situations. They are also knowledgeable, understand standard tree removal practices, and have the necessary experience to get the job done right.

The cost of removing a fallen tree is very low compared to that of a standing tree, so you can be sure of getting a cheaper tree removal.

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Fallen tree removal cost

It costs an average of $622 to remove a fallen tree. The cost range of removing a fallen tree by the removal companies is from $150 to $1,900.

Fallen tree removal cost is generally about 50% cheaper than a tree of the same size that is standing. The huge price drop is because the work of getting the tree to the ground is already done.

The factors that affect the costs of the fallen tree are size, spread, and location.

The bigger the tree, the more it will cost, but access by heavy machinery makes a big difference to the cost. A 30ft. tree in a backyard with poor access will cost double for the same size tree in a front yard. Better access means a quicker and cheaper job.

What if my tree falls on the neighbor's property?

When your tree falls due to natural causes and damages your neighbor’s property, their insurance company should cover the damage.

On the other hand, if the tree was clearly dead or dying or somehow unhealthy without you fixing it, you will be responsible for the damage.

In these cases, you are liable for the damage and your insurance company will have to pay for the damages.

As a homeowner, you have the responsibility to take steps to prevent damage from dying, diseased, or unstable trees on your property or that of your neighbors.

What if my tree falls on the neighbor's property
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