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Saving Money on the Cost of Tree Removal

By February 4, 2009

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After the recent ice storm, a lot of us are dealing with damage to our houses caused by the old trees on our property. And, for many, this is the second time we've filed insurance claims in the past year the first due to damage from trees caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ike that swept across the nation back in September. If, like me, you're tired of dealing with falling tree branches and damage to your home, here are some tips for saving money on the cost of tree removal:

See if someone will take the tree down for free: Depending on the type of tree you need removed, you may be able to get a logger to remove the tree for free in exchange for the wood. However, this may not be a great idea if the tree is near your house or something that could be damaged in the tree removal process. If you have property in an area where it could be damaged during the tree removal process, you'll need to make sure that the person/company that removes your tree is insured.

Clean up the mess yourself instead of paying for the tree removal company to clean it up: A lot of the cost of removing a tree is built into the cleanup process. However, even if you hire a company to cut your tree down, you could still get loggers or people with fireplaces to come and pick up the wood and haul it away for free rather than paying the tree removal company to do it for you. Or, if you have a truck, you could haul the wood away yourself.

If the tree caused damage to your insured property, see if your insurance company will pay for all or a part of the cost of removal: Whether your insurance company will cover the cost of removing a tree or not depends on your insurance company and policy, but there is a chance that your homeowners insurance will cover the cost of trimming/removing a tree if you can prove that it is likely to cause more damage to your property in the future.

Have the tree trimmed rather than removed to save on some costs: If your tree isn't dead, you could have it trimmed way back rather than removed altogether. This is often a much less expensive option, and, though your tree might look pathetic for a season or two, it will get back to normal eventually.

See if the electric company will cut it down for free: If your tree is tangled up in power lines or very near power lines, you may be able to get the electric company to remove it for free. A lot of times they're willing to remove the tree if they believe it's just going to be a consistent threat to their power lines during subsequent storms.

Remove the stump yourself rather than paying for its removal: Paying someone to remove your tree stump can cost as much as cutting the tree down. So, instead of paying someone to do it, you can remove it yourself using these tips for stump removal. Or, you can always just leave it there and sit some potted plants on top of it.

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December 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(1) Rebecca says:

Thanks for the tips on the tree removal. I have a very old tree that is near the power lines, and large limbs just keep falling every time it gets a little windy, so I think I will give the electric co. a call and see if they will give me some assistance with the removal of the tree.

June 27, 2010 at 10:37 am
(2) Shae says:

Tree removal is dangerous. Don’t get confused about removing the actual mess on the ground with taking the tree down yourself. You need a professional climber and ground crew that is fully insured to cut down a tree. You have to rope off the branches and bring them down with care to avoid property damage and potential injury. Hauling wood is no fun either, it is hot hard work. Use care.

Source: Previous tree climber and removal expert

November 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm
(3) gregorio says:

dont be cheap pay someone to do the job right..

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