How to reduce the costs for your next tree removal job.
Before we share some tips, it is important to know that even with some cost cutting measures that tree removal can still be surprisingly very expensive. Why? Well, it is really quite simple. Tree work is very labour intensive and very risky. Arborists use specialised equipment that needs regular replacement, the work is very tough on the arborist’s bodies and there is a limit to how much work they can do in a week without risking serious injury. Climbing trees with a chainsaw is incredibly dangerous and as such arborists need good insurance policies – to protect your property and their livelihoods – and appropriate pay to justify the risks involved. Additionally, there are other factors such as consumables and administrative overheads which come into play.
How can I get my tree removed cheaper?
- Get three quotes. This is standard practice for most businesses to make sure the best value quote can be found. If you prefer one arborist you can always go back and ask them to match the best price. Most arborists are happy to accommodate within reason.
- Offer to keep the mulch and timber. You may be surprised that arborists can find it difficult to sell or give away mulch and timber. If you offer to keep the green waste they may give you a discount as it saves them transport and tip costs.
- Prompt payment. If you organise to pay on the same day the work is completed then they may provide you with a discount. You should arrange this before the job – because haggling over money after the work is completed with an exhausted arborist not normally well received.
- Ask for a discount in exchange for positive feedback on Facebook, Google+, TrueLocal or other social media websites. Sometimes tree removal companies will give you a couple dollars off if they can get a good review from you.
- Organise multiple jobs in the same area for the same time.
- Be polite, friendly, have your approvals in place, and make quoting easy. If you are pleasant and organised they’ll want your business and you’ll get a very decent quote.
The cheapest price isn’t always the best price. If you hire an unqualified arborist you may end up with an awful headache. Unqualified arborists can do a lot of damage to your property. They are all uninsured and you’ll have limited legal recourse against them if something does go wrong. The owner of the house may also be liable for any injuries. Often it’s worth spending a few extra dollars to ensure the quality of the tree work.