There are many reasons to remove a tree from your property: It might be dead, hazardous, or too close to your home. Whatever reason you have for tree removal, it is critical that you not rush into the process, or attempt to take down the tree on your own. Before removing a tree, there are at least four considerations you should make.
1. City Laws and Hazards
While it might seem unusual, a city might require you receive permission before removing a tree from your property. The city government might have preservation laws in place or other regulations limiting the reasons you can eliminate a tree. Also, tree roots can often intertwine with gas lines and other hazardous equipment, making the tree dangerous to remove without permission or professional help, especially if you intend on removing the stump.
2. Neighbor and House Safety
Tree removal can be especially risky if the canopy or branches overhang your roof or a neighbors roof. In these situations, it is best to consult with your neighbor about your removal plans, notifying them of the date of the takedown. Also, never try removing a tree in a precarious position on your own, the liability risks are too great.
3. Company Legality and Costs
When hiring a company to remove the tree, make sure it has the correct licensing and insurance. Insurance ensures that you are not personally liable for damages, and a license informs you that the business is recognized by the state.
Every business has its own way of calculating expenses. Before hiring any company, get several quotes. It is best to select from the middle of the pack because the prices average out. Selecting an outlier is always risky, especially if they quote lower than anyone else.
4. Tree Health
A dead tree can cost more to remove because of inherent safety risks. Also, dead or dying trees make excellent homes for wasps and other insects, which, as you can imagine, are not fun to content with when tearing down their home.
Tree removal should be reserved for professionals. However, before hiring anyone, consider the list above.