Angie's List: Tree removal

Angie's List: Tree removal

(ANGIE'S LIST) -  Trees can add beauty and value to our homes -- even reduce heating and cooling costs if they're properly placed.  But what happens if 

you have a tree in your yard that is in danger of toppling? There are a things you can do to help remove those trees fast and easy. 

Homeowner Troy Carpenter says, "Over the course of the last two years we had about 17 trees taken out. All ash trees."

A few years ago, he noticed the Emerald Ash Borer beetle was killing his trees.  

"You start noticing when the canopy thins out and eventually they don?t have any leaves so we thought we could treat about half of them that seemed to have somewhat healthy canopies," says Carpenter. 

When the treatments didn't work -- Carpenter had no other choice but have the trees removed.  

"Proper tree maintenance is important from a liability standpoint for homeowners. You may not realize, but if you have a tree that falls and damages someone else's property you are going to be responsible so you want to take care of them when you see the first need," says Angie Hicks from Angie's List. 

Rick Carter from Tree Service Company says, "There's anything from defoliation to partial or complete defoliation of the tree to discoloration of the foliage to disfiguration of the leaves; sometimes leaves are curled ? that could be signs of a certain diseases or potential other injuries." 

When it's time to remove a tree, several factors can affect the costs.

"A lot of tree removal companies will charge by the foot of a tree. For example, if $15 a foot, a 40-foot tree would cost $600 to remove. Keep in mind that price doesn't always include taking the stump out so be sure to ask about that in particular if that's important to you," says Hicks. 

In addition, check whether the company's quote includes a full yard clean-up or will the debris be your responsibility to remove?

many professional offer free, on-site estimates.

Beware of any company that gives an estimate over the phone, without looking at the tree.

Tree removal is highly technical and dangerous -- and should only be done by an experienced professional. Before hiring -- ask for proof of insurance and licensing ... and be sure all details of the project -- including services and costs -- are outlined in the contract before signing. 


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