Tree removal services are needed in many situations, from post-storm cleanup situations to land clearing situations, and may even be needed for an old or diseased tree as part of routine landscaping care. Here are some questions to answer when you’re in the process of planning a tree removal.
How Urgent Is the Removal?
If the tree removal is an emergency, you’ll need to call your tree removal service immediately and have them perform a removal at the earliest opportunity. However, if the tree isn’t a threat and you don’t need it out of the way at once, you can instead schedule a removal at a time that’s most convenient for you.
Typically, if the tree has fallen down (especially onto something like a driveway or even your roof), that’s considered an emergency. A tree that’s unstable enough to threaten structures or people is also an emergency even if it hasn’t fallen over yet.
Do You Need Stump Removal Too?
Some tree removal contractors consider stump removal a separate service to be performed by a different company. Stump removal may require digging, for instance, which a contractor who specializes in the upper parts of a tree may not have the equipment for.
However, if you choose a company such as Knuckleheads Tree Service, you can have both your tree and your stump removed. The special, high-grade professional equipment we use can handle both types of removal.
What Weather Conditions Are Best for Removal?
Scheduling tree removal at a convenient time may include choosing the best weather or even the best time of year for removal. If the tree removal isn’t an emergency, you may have the luxury of scheduling based on these factors.
Often, weather that’s relatively dry and calm (free of wind) can be the best for tree removals. Dry weather means the branches and trunk of the tree won’t be slippery, which can make safe handling easier. And if the ground around the tree is hard and dry, you may have less damage to your landscape from falling branches.
Will Insurance Cover the Removal?
In some cases, your homeowner’s insurance could pay for tree removal. However, insurance is more likely to pay if the tree actually falls on your house or if it gets hit by lightning. A tree that dies from root rot, that you remove before it can fall on your house, may not be covered. Be sure to check with your insurance company so you know in advance whether they’ll pay.
Which Company Should You Choose?
Choosing a tree removal company should be based on competence, reputation, and service rather than on cost. First, you need to make sure the company has all the requisite experience and equipment, as well as the correct licensing and the right insurance in case something goes wrong.
Next, you’ll need to consider which contractors have the highest reputations, and which ones will also offer all the services your trees need. Finally, you should consider what each contractor charges once you’ve assessed these other points.
How Much Will Removal Cost?
If insurance isn’t going to cover your tree removal, then you’ll need to find money in your budget to cover the service. Calling around to several different tree companies for quotes can help you estimate how much you’ll need to save up for the removal. Be sure to include relevant information when requesting a quote. For instance, the contractor will need to know:
- How large the tree is
- Whether the tree is visibly dying
- Whether the tree is near a structure or power lines
- If the tree will be easy to access for removal
These and other details can affect how much the removal will cost. Some contractors may even want to look at the tree in person before giving a price quote.
These are some of the questions to pose and find answers to before you schedule your tree removal appointment. For more information about the tree removal process, how to avoid tree damage to your home, and other tree care questions, get in touch with a local tree trimming and tree removal contractor today.