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Updated: 21 October 2021
Getting a tree removed in Northcote by a qualified professional is easy enough.
Finding one that is well priced is not always a straight forward process.
I am going to look at why some companies charge more than others, and how to secure a better price on Northcote tree removal by a quality tree services company.
Not only that, but getting your job done at rock bottom prices.
Let’s get into it.
What we cover:
Every Northcote company has a different philosophy on how they what to run a profitable tree lopping business.
Some spend BIG on advertising, do lots of quotes and charge high prices.
Other local tree services in and around Northcote, don’t do a lot of advertising and rely more on word of mouth.
These are the ones you want quoting your job!
You may be thinking that this has to do with a person’s honesty or integrity, but this is not the case.
In reality they are not trying to “game you”.
These are just tree business owners in Northcote who run a “premium service”. They know that some customers have different price points. Some are happy spending more for perceived value.
They cater to those customers.
Some people just never go with the cheapest bottle of wine at a restaurant or the cheapest quote for tree lopping in Northcote. Everyone is different and that’s fine. But I’m here to help you find the best deal.
“If you have 3 expensive companies in Northcote give you a quote, then you will be choosing between 3 expensive quotes! You need to know who is cheap & when”.
There are lots of little thing to be aware of that will save you a small fortune for your tree removal Northcote, such as;
1. Time of year - Winter is always cheaper as tree companies have less work on.
2. Access - Granting good access for hard to get to trees, such as removing a side fence will save the tree lopping service time and you a tonne of money.
3. Firewood - Getting them to leave the timber logs and selling them online.
But the very best way to save money is to know who is cheap NOW!
You see all tree services around Northcote have lean and busy periods of work which actually affects how they price jobs.
A Northcote tree service will always charge less when they don’t have much work on as they want to win the job.
The bonus is they will actually pick up their phone and arrive on time.
All contractors recommended have been vetted by our team and are waiting to compete for your business.
There are no hard sales and there is no obligation to hire.
Just friendly advice and great prices.
Try it for yourself.
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Northcote council do allow for the removal of trees in Northcote without council consent.
A permit is required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation specified in a schedule to this overlay. This does not apply: • If the vegetation has been planted for pasture, timber production or any other crop. • To any action which is necessary to keep the whole or any part of any vegetation clear of an electric line provided the action is carried out in accordance with a code of practice prepared under Part 8 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998. • Within electricity supply easements in order to minimise the risk of bushfire ignition in the proximity of electricity lines. • If the vegetation presents an immediate risk of personal injury or damage to property. • If the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is necessary for emergency access or emergency works by a public authority or municipal council. • For fire fighting measures, periodic fuel reduction burning, or the making of firebreaks up to 6 metres wide. • If the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation is necessary for the making of a fuelbreak by or on behalf of a public authority in accordance with a strategic fuelbreak plan approved by the Secretary of the Department of Sustainability and Environment. • The maximum width of a fuelbreak must not exceed 40 metres. • To the removal of ground fuel within 30 metres of a building. • If the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is in accordance with a fire prevention notice under: o Section 65 of the Forests Act 1958. o Section 41 of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958. o Section 8 of the Local Government Act 1989. • To the removal, destruction or lopping of the minimum extent of vegetation necessary for establishing sight-lines for the measurement of land by surveyors in the exercise of their profession, and if using hand held tools. • If the vegetation is proclaimed as a noxious weed or is bracken (Pteridium esculentum), burgan (Kunzea ericoides (previously Leptospermum phylicoides)) or manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) and is on land which Where is the VPO? This is something we found difficult to determine. The best links we can provide you of the locations of the Vegetation Protection Overlay or area these; Location 1: unable to determine Location 2: Former Kingsbury Centre cite http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/darebin/ordinance/42_02s02_dare.pdf Location 3: Mout Cooper Estate http://planning-schemes.delwp.vic.gov.au/schemes/morningtonpeninsula/ordinance/42_02s01_morn.pdf Location 4: The Springthorpe hope estate http://planning-schemes.delwp.vic.gov.au/schemes/darebin/ordinance/42_02s04_dare.pdf Location 5: Lancaster Gate site http://planning-schemes.delwp.vic.gov.au/schemes/darebin/ordinance/42_02s05_dare.pdf
You can download an application form by going: https://goo.gl/HtEF6z
Some local councils have a list of tree species that are exempt from any limitations on removal as they are considered a pest. If Northcote’s local council Darebin has an exemption list is can be found in their Tree Preservation Order.
We have also listed them below if applicable.
If the council for Northcote does not nominate a list of trees, then most of the time they use the default list of noxious weeds outlined at the state level of government.
Certified arborist in the Northcote and surrounding areas need to all abide by the Australian standards when carrying out tree management work.
These standards include:
AS 4373:2007 – Pruning of amenity trees
AS 4970-2009 – Protection of trees on development sites
You will need to fill in a tree removal permit form which can be found on your local councils website. Normally there will be a small fee you will need to pay upon application.
Within 7 - 14 days you will have an arborist from the council for Northcote will come out to inspect your tree. They will then give their recommendation on whether the tree should be removed or if a tree prune/ lop might be better.
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Depending on your council, it can be tough to get approved to remove a tree in Northcote. If it’s a healthy specimen and not causing any damage to your home, then it makes it even harder.
When applying for removal in Darebin council are you need to give a reason why you want to remove the tree.
Saying something like “it keeps filling the gutters with leaves” is not convincing enough argument and your application will most likely be denied.
There are however some tips and tricks to applying for council approval and winning.
In some cases your council for Northcote will ask for an independent arborist for a tree report if they are undecided. This can give you the upper hand as it allows you to select which tree arborist you choose to assess your case.
There are many factors that make up cost of tree lopping in Northcote. Not only the height and spread of the tree, but also its location on the property, access, surrounding buildings or fences, type of tree/ timber. Whether you decide to get the stump removed as well will also factor in.
We are a growing tree services company that aims to provide quality tree services for customers in Northcote that is personal, fair and over-delivers on value and satisfaction.
We are committed to the certified arborists in Northcote we recommend using the method of ‘BEST PRACTICE’. This is a methodology that is accepted as better to any alternatives for commercial or professional tree removal procedures for results that are superior to those achieved by any other means.
Our high expectations of Northcote tree contractors we work with means they do everything in their power to uphold these values.
Once you call us on 1800 252 208 or fill in the 2 minute form, we forward your details directly onto the best local tree surgeons in Northcote for quoting.
There is no obligation to hire and we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all customers.
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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.