5 Things To Consider Before Removing A Tree Yourself

While the temptation to try and save a few bucks is certainly a big one, the reality is removing a tree yourself can be both costly and dangerous. Initially it can seem like a simple process but there are several key points that should be considered in order to get a better idea of the scope of work required. By trusting your tree maintenance to a qualified, experienced arborist you not only eliminate any risks to your property but will save yourself money in the long run.

This doesn’t stop DIY heroes from filling the internet with videos showing trees swinging through houses, crashing onto cars and knocking ladders out from underneath themselves. While it can be good for a laugh, these videos are often the best case scenario when those without proper understanding take on such a dangerous task. Let’s take a look at why trusting your tree removal to a professional is the right decision:

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Removing A Tree Is A Dangerous Task

It is easy to underestimate the weight of branches when removing limbs from a tree. Without an understanding of rigging branches you risk the chance of the branch falling onto property including boundary fences that you share with neighbours. Given how fast things happen once a limb is removed you can quickly find yourself in a situation that you are not prepared for and the fallout can be extremely costly. Take the cost of your property and compare it to your arborist quote and it becomes clear hiring a professional makes sense.

It Takes More Time Than You Think

Removing a tree is not a simple task and requires you to work carefully which only increases the amount of time it takes to completely remove a tree from your property. You need to consider not only the removal of the tree itself but also getting rid of the stump and the branches left behind. There is also the hiring and returning of equipment needed to bring the tree down. When all of these factors are added you may find yourself spending a whole weekend on the job, if not more.

Renting or Purchasing Equipment Adds Up

In order to remove a tree you will need a variety of equipment including saws, rigging, cherry pickers and stump grinders. You will also need a large truck to transport the leftover limbs and trunk. A professional arborist already has access to all of these tools and more often than not hiring all of these tools yourself will cost more than the total quote for the job. Purchasing tools is an option but keep in mind you need high strength tools which are costly as your standard hardware store chainsaw will not get the job done.

Cleaning Up Is A Big Task

You could easily spend an entire day on the removal of the limbs and trunk alone. If you haven’t hired a wood chipper, transporting large branches can take many trips and depending where your local tip is you might find yourself on a very unwanted roadtrip. Removing a tree is a tiring process and the last thing you want after days of hard work is more tasks to be completed. We provide the removal of limbs as part of our obligation free quotes so you can have peace of mind that everything is included, giving you the full picture.

It Is More Expensive Than You Think

Everything we have covered above contains some kind of cost and they all add up. Damage to property or yourself can be extremely costly especially if it’s not covered by insurance. The hiring or purchasing of equipment will also be expensive as will tip fees and vehicle hire. Even the amount of time you will have to spend removing the tree itself should be factored into costs. When you add all of these factors up you will quickly realise that removing the tree yourself is not going to save you any money.

Save Time, Money And Preserve Safety By Hiring A Qualified Arborist

Hiring a professional arborist such as O’Brien’s Tree Care not only makes sense financially, but also in terms of safety and peace of mind. We are fully insured and our range of industry grade equipment means we can get the job done without risk of harm. Our decades of experience with local flora also means we understand the challenges each removal presents and can better plan how to go about it.

As we offer obligation free quotes you have nothing to lose by finding out how much a professional arborist can save you. To get a quote on any of our tree maintenance or removal services, give us a call on 0431 740 088. You can also head over to our contact page to get in touch with us online. Save yourself time, money and misfortune by entrusting your tree removal to a qualified, professional arborist.

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