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So you have a tree that needs trimming or removal and you want a cheap price.
Getting well priced tree services in is almost impossible these days UNLESS you know where to look AND a few insider tricks to save you money.
I’m an arborist and I used to run a tree business, so I know every trick in the book to get you a great price on tree trimming and removal in , .
Let’s walk through it step by step in order of importance.
Understanding why a tree services charges the prices they do for tree services is important.
90% of tree surgeons in are small businesses, which means they don’t just charge by the job, but they charge by how busy they are.
Let me explain…
If a company is booked out a month in advance they don’t really need more work, and are looking to slow down the stream a little until they catch up.
They do this by increasing their prices. I know because it’s how I used to do it and how all my colleagues did it too.
Why is this good for you?
Because the same is true for when things are quiet for any tree service in . Basic supply and demand.
When they are short on work they will drop their prices to win more work around to make sure they keep the work ticking over.
When is it quiet for tree services in ?…. winter!
From about June to September in , , people are out in their gardens a lot less.
They are normally indoors watching Netflix. This includes tree services who are out of work.
There just isn’t the demand for tree pruning or removal in during the winter. Come spring though and people are enjoying their yards and patios and tend to get tree services, landscaping and other outdoor trades for work on their homes.
If you can, hold off until mid-winter before phoning a tree service to quote your job.
About early to mid-August is the sweet spot.
You will always get a better price as it’s a buyers-market and tree services will be falling over each other to win your work.
So we have established that hiring in winter is going to save you money, Normally 20 - 30%.
One of the biggest ways to save on tree services in is focus on WHO you hire.
There is no point getting 3 quotes from 3 expensive tree services. You will be picking the best of a bad bunch.
Pro tip: When you do a search in Google or Yellow pages, for “tree services in , don’t call anyone on the first page of results.
Because it’s not accident your see them at the top of the results. The pay a LOT of money each month to be there.
That large marketing budget needs to be passed onto you the customer.
Companies on page 2 and 3 are normally a bit smaller, usually family businesses and are much cheaper.
GoTreeQuotes is a FREE service that puts you in touch with the best priced tree services in
How does it work?
Previous users vote on who was best priced and friendliest service.
Based on those results, we curate a list of who is the best 3 tree services in each local area.
1. Fill in your postcode at top of page (in the blue box)
2. You will be asked a few basic questions about your tree job.
3. Once your request is submitted, we forward your details onto the top voted tree services in by price and service quality.
This saves, you time and money.
This is a stellar trick that you will never hear from a tree service, but if you have a small tree (less than 5m or a 1 story house) that needs pruning or removal in , you can get a lawn/ garden maintenance company in at half the price.
Yes, tree services have huge overheads and they actually prefer bigger jobs. When someone calls for a small tree to be pruned or removed, it’s a bit of a pain, so you get charged pain in the ass tax.
Call a lawn Care Company and they will be delighted for the extra work (especially in winter when the lawns do not grow).
You will easily save 50%+ on the cost of trimming or removal.
Remember that anything bigger than 5m will need an expert to remove it, so I would not risk a large tree to anyone but a qualified arborist.
These are a few small things you can do to save BIG money on local tree services. Implementing just one of the above will save you, combine all four and you will save a packet.
1. Hire in winter
2. Go straight to page 2 of Google results
3. Take a shortcut and use this FREE services for best results
4. Hire a gardener for smaller jobs.
If you have a larger tree that needs removal in , there are a few more AWESOME tricks that are going to save you even more money.
I actually wrote an article dedicated to the subject of How to Save on Tree Removal, so please check it out if you haven’t already.
And bet of luck with your tree job