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Updated: February 24th 2020
So you have a tree that needs trimming or removal and you want a cheap price.
Getting well priced tree services in Alphington 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 Alphington, vic.
Let’s walk through it step by step in order of importance.
Understanding why a Alphington tree services charges the prices they do for tree services is important.
90% of tree surgeons in Alphington 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 Alphington. Basic supply and demand.
When they are short on work they will drop their prices to win more work around Alphington to make sure they keep the work ticking over.
When is it quiet for tree services in Alphington?…. winter!
From about June to September in Alphington, vic, 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 Alphington 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 Alphington 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 Alphington 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 Alphington, 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.
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This is a stellar trick that you will never hear from a Alphington tree service, but if you have a small tree (less than 5m or a 1 story house) that needs pruning or removal in Alphington, 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 Alphington 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 Alphington 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 Alphington, 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
It is extremely difficult to price a tree pruning job over the phone or by pictures. The arborist will need to come out to your property and inspect the job. The price of tree pruning is not just dependent on the tree itself, but the location, access, obstacles and a myriad of other factors.
No, a tree service is able to work without you there just as long as they have access to the tree. They will not need power cables or anything to work. You can have the job done and arrange to pay them after you have come home and inspected the job.
In most cases yes. Most self-respecting arborist will include the waste removal in with the price. There are done dodgy operators out there like in any trade so I would get them to specify on the quote they the waste removal will be included in the pruning cost.
Yes you need to use an arborist for any tree that is larger than 5m (single story house). Tree pruning and removal is highly dangerous and needs to be carried out by a professional arborist with the expertise and tools to do the job in a safe and efficient manner. There are plenty of “gardeners” who will claim to be able to do the job, but few will have the tools experience or insurance to cover them in case of an accident.
This will depend on the work being done. Tree pruning starts at $125 and goes right up to $1,200. Tree removal can go as high as $4,500. It will depend on the size of the tree, number of trees, time of year and a number of other factors. For more information on cost, please go here for our tree removal cost guide.
As a general rule of thumb, trees should be trimmed in winter. The reason for this is mainly to do with the trees health. Trees are dormant in winter so removing limbs will be less of a shock to their system. Pests like bora beetles or fungal infections like Oak wilt are also less prevalent in winter which give your tree time to heal before summer hits.
If the tree is on our property you will need to pay for it to be trimmed. If it is a rental property, you might be able to get the owner to pay for it, but you would need to ask them before going ahead. If the tree is growing into the roof or fences, they will not have a problem with paying for the trim.
If your tree is hanging over your neighbour’s yard they are well within their rights to trim your tree, just as long as they are not breaking any tree audience laws in the process. It’s the norm for them to ask your permission first before pruning, but it is not against the law as it is encroaching on their property.
Home insurance will cover tree trimming in emergency situations. If a branch come down in a storm, insurance companies will come the party to pay for the branch(s) to be removed and other branches to be trimmed. It might not be worthwhile depending on how much your excess is though. Insurance companies will not cover tree trimming for trees that are healthy.
You should always get at least 3 quotes from local tree services before deciding on one. Prices can vary greatly (between 10% and 40%) between tree services, so it always pays to shop around before going ahead.
Generally the answer is no. If the tree has fallen in a storm, your home owners insurance will cover it, but if it is healthy and you just want it remove, you are going to be hard pressed to find someone willing to work for free. Tree service companies are expensive to run as they have large overheads with insurance and labour costs. They will need to charge you to do the work to make a living.
This will depend on the council laws on tree removal in your area. Every local council has what’s called a Tree Preservation Order. This outlines the rules regarding tree removal. An example of a rule might be; “If the tree has a trunk circumference of 1.0m or more when measured at 1m above ground level will need a permit for removal.” To see the TPO for your area go here.
You may prune any branches that are hanging over your yard from your neighbour’s side, just as long as it is not breaching your councils TPO. You may remove your neighbour’s tree after they have given you permission and if it does not breach the council TPO.
Because outdoor type services like lawn care, landscaping and tree maintenance is seasonal, prices can fluctuate depending on the workload of the local services. During winter, especially later winter, tree services are scratching around for work and are much more likely to quote cheaper prices to win your job. If you can hold out, I recommend you get trees removed in the winter.
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.
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.