Planning on removing a tree all by yourself? While that may originally seem far better than hiring a professional tree trimming service near you, it adds up to a whole lot of work, time, expenses and stress. Unless one has studied and been certified in forestry maintenance, it is unlikely that the job will be completed successfully within a reasonable time frame.
While grabbing a chainsaw, an axe and some large trash bags from the store and getting to work may seem like the way to do it, removing a tree can become more complex very quickly. Here’s just a few of the considerations you’ll need to make, all of which can end up being costly:
- Cost of materials
- Time off work
- Wood hauling
- Plan in case of injury
- Plan in case of property damage
Paying for All You’ll Need
If you’re DIY-ing it because you think it’ll cost less in the long run than hiring professionals, there’s a high chance you’re mistaken. If you don’t have a chainsaw, picking one up from the hardware store can cost hundreds alone. Consider that expense, then add up the costs of other materials necessary, such as a ladder, protective eyewear, a hard helmet, a pair of gloves, a clipper, trash bags or rental dumpsters, fixing any damage to your lawn, and the list continues.
Work Without Pay
Unless you’re fine with spending your sick leave or vacation time working on removing a tree, then taking it upon yourself isn’t the best option. It is possible that a majority of time will need to be taken off of working at your daily job, as removing a tree isn’t something you can just do over the weekend. Only working on the removal for a few weekends in a row just isn’t ideal. With all this being noted, if you’re a parent, childcare will also still need to be in order if it’s the summer or your little ones are too young to help. Hiring professional tree trimmers may cost a bit, but it’s better to bite the bullet and work to pay it off, not work without pay and still have to pay.
It’s a safe assumption that your local trash company isn’t going to be too fond of pulling up to your house to find several large bags of leaves and branches, complete with a 30 or more foot long trunk laying in the gutter and the stump on top. You’ll have to pay to dispose of the wood properly at a dump or recycling facility. This includes the cost of gasoline for your vehicle to haul, the cost to legally transport the wood and more. If you’re going the wood chipper route, renting one can be quite pricey, even if it’s only for a day.
Accidents can happen and the worse time for them to occur is when you’re uninsured. If you’re planning a full-on tree removal using only the manpower of yourself, investing in workman’s compensation insurance is a good idea. In case you harm yourself in any way during the process, this insurance policy helps you out in case you need time off work from the injuries you sustained.
Now that we’ve covered what to do if you get hurt, what about if the tree causes some damage to nearby structures, neighboring property, etc.? The image of a giant tree falling onto your house as you yell, “Timber!” may have just popped into your head, and the truth is, that can actually happen if you’re not trained. In addition to the workman’s compensation insurance, another insurance policy should be considered that provides liability coverage in case a problem should present itself. Luck favors the prepared, and it’s better to get covered now before it’s too late.
Luck favors the prepared
Removing trees on your own is an expensive, laborious, dangerous task that ends up costing more than it would to have just hired a service of trained professionals. While at first the idea seems simple and cheaper, the cost of something going wrong can send you into debt for months, if not years to come.