Removing a tree from your property can be a dangerous task and one you might not be financially prepared for. Luckily, there are several ways you can find savings, and possibly even get it done for free, depending on where your tree is located.
Handle the Cleanup Yourself
The cost of tree removal often includes the cutting and removal of wood once your tree has been felled. If you can take care of this on your own, you can spare yourself that entire portion of the bill.
Cutting your tree apart is heavy work, but it's much safer when it's already on the ground. In addition, you might be able to sell it for firewood to recoup some of the cost. Alternatively, make a public post that your tree's wood is available for free to anyone who comes to pick it up and load it themselves. This can save you both money and labor if you manage to connect with anyone who's interested.
Look for Financial Assistance
Needing to get a tree removed can be an emergency you don't always have time to prepare for. To that end, there are a few ways you might be able to get financial assistance.
First, see if the tree can be taken care of by your city or utility company. This can work if the tree is interfering with power lines, for example. As a result, the utility company will take care of the removal.
Next, see if your homeowner's insurance is able to help with the cost of removal. Some insurance companies will offer to do this as a preventative measure if the tree poses a threat of damage to your house if it falls.
Finally, see if you qualify for any grants specifically for the removal of trees. These aren't always widely available, but since the benefits are so great if you qualify, it's worth investigating.
Keep the Stump
If your primary goal is to remove your tree for safety reasons, keeping the stump intact might be a viable way to save money. Removing the stump and having it ground down is usually done at an additional cost, so if it's not absolutely necessary, you can save yourself some money by simply keeping the stump.
There are a few potential risks when doing this. First, the decaying wood of the stump can sometimes attract pests that may subsequently threaten your home. They can also encourage the growth of new trees which can be a struggle to keep from growing if you don't want them there. Finally, they can pose a tripping hazard, which might be a concern if you have young children at home. Before you make any final decisions, ask your tree-care specialist if you can safely leave the stump behind.
For more information, contact a tree removal service in your area.