When a yard needs a homeowner's attention, the issue at hand is usually something like mowing the grass, raking leaves, or trimming bushes and shrubs. Sometimes, however, the problem is on a larger scale, such as removing a tree. This article examines several key facts homeowners should know about tree removal.
One obvious consideration regarding tree removal on your property is whether you will need to get a permit before having the tree cut down. This will depend on the relevant laws of the state and your local jurisdiction. Some states, as well as some cities and communities, have laws pertaining to tree removal. You will need to check your local laws and the relevant state statutes to make sure that any removal complies with the law.
These regulations generally apply to healthy trees. You should not require a permit for a tree that is dead or diseased and poses a danger to people.
Tree removal is not a do-it-yourself task for the average homeowner, so you will need to hire a professional tree service to perform this task. Before they arrive on the scene, however, there are a number of things you can do to prepare for the day the job is scheduled to begin. First, it's a good idea to create as much space for the tree service's vehicle and equipment as possible.
Also, make certain that the workers have a clear path from their vehicles to the tree's location. You do not want any objects, such as outdoor furniture, getting in their way as they travel from their vehicles to the tree. Do not leave any objects near the tree because those objects could be damaged or destroyed when limbs are cut down or when the tree is felled. Naturally, you will want to make sure that your pets are not outside when the workers arrive or during the removal process.
It can be difficult to give a general estimate of the cost of removing a tree because the final cost depends on your specific circumstances. For example, a large tree will cost more to remove than smaller trees, according to the This Old House website. The size of the trunk is another factor, the website advises. Also, a damaged or dead tree could cost more than a similar healthy tree if it's in danger of falling and causing harm. If you have a sloped yard or if the tree is near any utility lines, this could also increase the cost. According to This Old House, the average cost of cutting down a tree is in the $700 to $750 range.
To learn more about tree removal, contact a tree service in your area.