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Tree Removal Sunshine Coast & How to Save > 43%
Updated: 23 March 2020
It is frustrating trying to find a professional tree lopper on the Sunshine Coast, only to keep coming across unqualified gardeners with a chainsaws claiming they are arborists.
If you want the work done safely, then make sure you hire an expert.
But tree services can be expensive.
In this article we show you how to find quality local experts for less.
Average cost of tree removal
The cost of tree removal on the Sunshine Coast will depend on;
- Tree size
- Trunk diameter
- Access to tree
- Obstacles around tree
- Time of year
- Company doing the work
The average cost of tree removal is $871, but the real range can be anywhere from $250 right up to $4,850.
To get a better deal you need to make sure you have as many things in your favour as possible.
What you can do to save
Imagine you have two identical trees. One is in your front yard with easy access, and the other is in your backyard with poor access. Which do you think would cost more to remove?
The tree in the backyard will cost almost double just because it takes more hours and man power to carry the tree from the back to the front.
If you can remove a panel of fencing or do anything possible to make access for workers and equipment, you will save the tree service time and you money.
2. The company you use
GoTreeQuotes matches users with the top voted and best priced tree services on the Sunshine Coast. We have curated a list of expert tree loppers and removalists in areas such as Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and on the Gold Coast.
To get 3 x obligation free quotes from top vote local tree service, just go to the top of this page, enter your postcode, a few details about you and your tree job, and we will send those to 3 x local tree services to quoting.
The biggest savings will come from the tree service you use, so choose wisely.
Like access, having lots of obstacles like garden beds, garden furniture, pot plants etc. will make it harder to work on the tree.
Some times this cannot be avoided such as when a power cable is running through the tree, but in most cases you can remove these while the tree is to be removed saving the company time and you money.
Note: It is important to remember to make it clear to the local tree service that you will be granting better access or removing pot plants etc. while they are quoting the job. Once you have the quote that is what they will charge.
Tree lopping Sunshine Coast done safely
It is our priority to not only match you with a local expert, but to also make sure that the expert is insured and has the correct qualifications and knowledge to take care of the job safely.
Trees can cause a lot of damage if branches are removed haphazardly, or the tree isn’t taken down the right way.
A tree lopper will make sure that the surrounding area is clear whilst conducting the work, and will fully evaluate the trees health before they begin to do any work.
Not only will this allow them to know how to best handle the job, but it will also give them a full idea of whether the tree is salvageable, or needs to be completely removed.
To find out more, get in touch today.
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Will I need a permit to remove a tree?
On the Sunshine Coast, there is a Vegetation Management Code 9.4.9 which outlines the regulations for tree removal.
Basically all trees in the Sunshine Coast Council jurisdiction are protected and fines apply for illegal removal.
There are exemptions if you have approval to build on a lot smaller than 600m2.
All other tree removals will need to go through council and apply for a DA permit.
Palm tree removal & Trimming Cost
Palm trees are everywhere on the sunshine coast so it makes sense to give you some prices for a local Sunshine Coast arborist to do the job.
The average cost of palm removal is $250. This would be a 1 story high Cocas Palm.
Palm tree trimming starts at $75 per tree.
We have a great resource here which will give you a detailed breakdown of palm tree removal costs.
Experts Found Through Go Tree Quotes
Go Tree Quotes has made it easy for you to find professional tree experts in your area.
All you have to do is fill in our online form with relevant information regarding your tree size and location, and from there we will match you with three local experts.
You will be able to view their quotes, and reviews of those who have also used their service. From there, you can book the right one for you, and have your tree taken care of the right way.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost to remove a gum tree in Brisbane will depend on the size of the tree, the number of branches and how easy it is to access and remove. The average price for a medium-size gum tree removal is $1,750, but the real range starts at $950 for smaller eucalyptus, and goes right up to $4,300 for very large ones.
There are a few things you need to look for when selecting a tree service to remove your tree. Firstly when doing an internet search you need to have a look at their reviews. If they have too many 1 and 2 star reviews, you need to keep looking. Next you need to do a background check. Go to ABN lookup and type in their company name. Have a look to see how long they have been in business and whether they have changed their trading name recently. When they are out quoting your job you need to ask for an arborist certificate and insurance details.
This will depend on the size of the tree being removed. The best way to gage whether you are getting a good price, is to get more than 1 quote. A good number of quotes is 3, but there is nothing wrong with getting 4 or 5 quotes for very large jobs.
Insurance companies will cover the cost of tree removal if the tree came down in a storm or any other act of nature. They will not cover the removal of a healthy just because you want to cut it down. They will also not cover the removal of a dead tree (died years ago) that finally fell after years of neglect.
In most cases no. If your tree came down in a storm, you may get your insurance company to foot the bill. If you are a tenant of a property you can ask your landlord if they would mind paying, but I’m sure it would depend on the circumstances. There are programs available such as small government grants for pensioners who need to remove a tree but do not have the funds. You will need to speak to your local council or state government pension office about the details.
Trees are very difficult to price from a picture or a description over the phone. The reason is the difficulty and time take to remove a tree can only be assessed when taking into account the access to the property, obstacles around the tree and the shape and size of the tree itself. All of which is difficult to describe over the phone. Tree services will need to book in a time to view the job to give you a firm quote.
If your tree is protected due to its size or if you live in one of the state’s vegetation protection overlays then you will need to apply for a council permit to remove the tree. To know whether your tree is protected, please refer to your local councils Tree Preservation Order for more information.
If the council feels you do not have sufficient grounds to remove the tree they may decide that it should stay. You can then get an arborist report from an independent arborist. If the arborist inspection finds the tree is dangerous, you can then resubmit your application for review. If the tree is protected and healthy, the likelihood of getting approval for removal is slim.
If the tree is question is on council property, they will come out and prune any branches that are encroaching on your property. If the tree is on your property however, you will need to foot the bill. All trees on your property are the responsibility of the owner to maintain.
Most of the time, you will only need to give the tree company access to your yard to do the job. You will not need to be present while the tree is being removed. Arrangements can be made for payment after you have returned home and inspected the finished job.
Stump removal is normally priced separately. If you have a quote for a tree to be removed, make sure they have specify whether that price includes the removal of the stump. If it does not, they may try to get away with charging you an extra fee for removal. This is a dirty trick, but can be easily avoided if you have it written on the quote exactly what is included in the price.
Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years industry experience. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the tree service industry to give readers to most accurate information on tree service costs and helps to educate about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.
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