How to Save 43% on Tree Removal
Ana de la Cruz Ortiz – Last updated 10 May, 2018
6 Insanely Actionable Money Saving Tricks
It’s no secret that tree removal is expensive.
But it doesn’t have to be. Ben “The Tree Man” exposes the industry secrets that will almost 1/2 the price you pay on tree removal.
The 6 insanely easy tips and tricks has saved our readers an average of 34.2% on the cost of tree removal.
Lets dive right in.
No.1 - Tree services are seasonal... and so is their pricing
Most tree services are small businesses with a single owner. And like all small businesses they are subject to influxes of work.
Just knowing the right time of year is going to save you hundreds. And in the case of tree services the warmer weather always brings more work.
Look at the search results for “tree removal” in Australia over the past 5 years on google trends.
When a company is busy with a month of work booked in advance, they normally charge more when quoting the next job.
This is because they really don’t need the work or can’t handle any more.
The same is true with things are quiet, they have bills to pay and employees to keep busy so the become a lot more competitive (lower prices) to in the work.
SOLUTION: Where possible, get quotes from companies when they are quite or during the winter months when you know they are.
(see No. 6 on how to fine quite companies in summer)
No. 2 - Location of tree on property can double costs
This is a HUGE when it comes to calculating the cost of removal.
2 different locations on your property can double the cost of removal for the exact same tree.
Is your tree easily accessible like the tree above with the yellow arrow?
Or is it in a hard to get to location like the red arrow…
Access Access Access…. It’s all about cutting down the manual labor of tree removal for the contractor.
If they know you will be removing the rear fence and they can get their truck beside the tree, you just save yourself a tonne of money!
SOLUTION: Do everything you can to allow the contractor to get his machinery as close to the tree as possible.
Pro Tip: If the tree is in your backyard and you don’t have a rear driveway, does your neighbour? If they do, ask if you can gain access through their yard by removing a panel of fencing.
Same goes if you back onto a park, rear lane, reserve etc.
I have quoted jobs where this simple trick has saved the owner $1000 + on their tree removal.
No. 3 - Room around the tree to work
This one is nearly as important as No.1 and No.2
We spoke about location of the tree and access to it, and the 3rd factor is how quickly the contractor can get the tree dismantled and on the ground safely.
In most cases there is not enough room to fell the tree at the base in a suburban yard. If it can be, it’s going to be a quick, easy and a much cheap(er) job.
To the other extreme, if the tree is overhanging your house and the only room to work is this a tiny courtyard, then its going to take more time and manpower to get the tree on the ground and in the back of the truck.
This is an example of removing a tree in a confined space. Branches are lowered one at a time. This is time consuming and will cost you more.
To avoid an extra charge of “pain in the neck tax”, assure the tree expert (when he is quoting the job) that you will be removing everything from around the base of the tree to make it easier/ faster for him to remove the tree.
This example would be nightmare to work around! (..an expensive nightmare)
Cost Calculator for Tree Lopping
No. 4 - Disposal of green waste/ timber yourself
Offering to dispose of the waste yourself could save you hundreds of dollars.
There are several ways of doing this:
– Hire a skip
– Put out for council waste collection day
– Dispose of over time in your green waste bin
– Sell the timber as firewood on ebay, gumtree, facebook etc.
This may or may not be cost effective depending on a number of factors.
– Size/ location of tree
– Tree species
If you have a large tree to be removed in your backyard, which has poor access, it’s going expensive for a compete removal. i.e. If the contractor has to get laborers in the carry the timber manually from the backyard to the street.
Why not ask an arborist for a price to get the tree on the ground safely, and cut up. Then you can take your time moving it all out the front and putting it in skip bin.
Palms are not normal. They can not be put through mulching machines because of their acidic properties. The mulch generated is also useless as garden coverings due to the same reason.
They must be dumped, which is very expensive.
Half the cost of palm tree removal is actually dumping fees. Half!
To secure a cheap price for palm removal, you must take the dumping fees out of the equation for the tree expert quoting your job.
Get the palm waste taken away free by council, but aligning the removal date to coincide with your local council cleanup.
…Dispose of the waste over time in your green waste bin (and the bins of your neighbors if possible)
Sell Timber on Ebay or Gumtree
This is a great way to recoup the money from your tree’s most valuable asset…it’s timber.
With the cost of power ever increasing, the cost of fire wood for open fires has also risen (simple supply and demand).
Get your friendly tree expert to cut the tree logs up into 30 cm fire-wood-size logs.
Now take a photo and sell it online as fire wood. Split and dried firewood goes for $100 give or take per cubic meter. Yours being green and un-split, you will get between $50 & $70 per cube.
No. 5 - Hire a gardener not an arborist
Does your tree job actually need a qualified arborist? ….or can it be carried out by a gardener? If it’s a tree that is 5m high or less, chances are you can save money with a gardener.
So what’s the difference?
A Gardner An Arborist
They are generally unskilled (no education in horticulture)
Employees: 0 – 5
Cost of tools: $500 – $2000
Skilled and educated in Arboriculture (Horticulture)
Employees: 2 – 10
Cost of tools: $10,000 – $150,000
Insurance: Public liability insurance, Insurance or equipment, worker compensation insurance @ 9% on wages.
How Do I Choose?
Basically if you have a prune or removal job that is
1. 5m or smaller (one story house)
2. And, the tree’s trunk diameter is < 15cm
….you are best getting a gardener to do the work to save you a tonne of money.
No. 6 - Get quote from companies who are cheap
It sounds like a no brainer, I know.
But getting 3 quotes from typically expensive companies will have you choosing between 3 expensive quotes.
This is a position nobody wants to be in.
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