Finding a tree removal service can be a daunting task. You want the best for your lawn and your compound but you also do not want to spend an arm and a leg just to get the removal services. The only way to pick the best and the cheapest tree removal service is to compare different ways. The only way you can do this is to compare the experts based on a number of qualities. The best tree removal expert qualities include:
Additionally, you want someone who is experienced. It is one thing to have skill and training. This is largely theoretical. However, someone who has experience also has understanding. He or she would be able to tackle any problems that come up in the process of removing your tree.
You need to know the best qualities in a tree removal specialist if you are going to get one to sort out your trees. With these qualities, comparison is much easier. You will be able to shortlist potential tree service providers in a short period thus saving you time and money. This rigorous process ultimately ensures that you get the best expert in the area.
Picking a service provider is much like buying a product. The process that you follow in order to get the best tree removal expert is similar to what you would do if you are looking to buy a product. It includes:
Recommendations from Close Friends and Family
The first place that you need to conduct research is in your household or your close circle of friends. These are the most trustworthy people in this process since they have no reason to lie to you about a tree removal expert. Having gotten tree removal services, they would be in a position to recommend one if theirs was a job well done. In the event that it wasn’t, at least now you know who to steer clear of.
The second step in your research process is to look and read through online reviews. If your relative or friend recommends a tree removal expert, you still need to read online reviews to see if theirs was just a stroke of luck or if the professional is indeed good at the job. If you do not have any personal recommendations, reviews will help to narrow down the options you have when it comes to tree removal experts in your area. Those with high ratings make it to the next round of picking the most suitable person while those with bad reviews are not considered at all.
After you have gotten a few reputable tree removal experts in your area, you need to get an initial consultation. Most of the time, professionals will come to your home, examine your tree and give recommendations on whether or not to cut down the tree. This initial assessment also helps the professional to see the scope of work that needs to be done before they give you a quote.
There are two advantages of this. The first is that you get to see if the tree removal expert really knows what to do with the tree. It is easier to confirm this if you had already called in a professional arborist to assess the health of your plants. The other good thing is that with these quotes you can check who provides reliable services and is still affordable. Ultimately, you can save a lot of money.
Getting your tree removed is not a simple matter. During removal, trees can fall on homes, fences, cars, people and pets. This damage will cost you a lot of money to repair. In addition to this, you might be sued for bodily injuries and it would even be worse if there were fatalities. You therefore cannot afford to do carry out this exercise on your own. In the same breath, you should not hand over the job to just anyone. You have to vet the professionals to see that they are the best. This assures you of no damage or injury. Furthermore, you can get compensated if the tree removal expert is covered.
Tree Removal Techniques
Whenever a tree is being cut down, there is a procedure that needs to be followed to minimize damage and avoid injury. It is easier for professionals because they have experience and are not rolling the dice on anything. On the other hand, the same cannot be said of people who try to have DIY tree removal in their compounds. A number of things have to be emphasized.
Planning and Preparation
First, you cannot wake up and decide that you are cutting down a tree, get the tools and start straight away. You need to start slowly. Pace yourself and plan out exactly how you would want to remove the tree. Planning will help you cater for any potential accidents and avoid them.
To plan, you need to decide which side you would want the tree to fall. This depends on everything in the tree’s surrounding. First, you need to avoid buildings, property, fences and even other trees. This is all if the tree is small. However, bigger trees will require you to cut off some of the branches and then chop the tree down in bits to avoid injury and/ or damage.
Equipment and Safety Precautions
Next, you need to get your equipment and tools ready. Have a checklist of every item you will need to use for the process. If you are lacking in any, go buy the tools. You will need an axe, a chainsaw, rope and perhaps a ladder. All of this depends on how big the tree is as well as the technique you are going to use to fell it.
You should also count your friends as resources. Do not attempt to remove a tree on your own. So many things could go wrong. Having friends hold onto a rope to direct the fall in case the tree goes in a different direction will help to prevent injury and damage as well.
The process of cutting down the tree is pretty simple. Start by making a v-shaped cut on the trunk of your tree. Ensure that the cut is not above your hip area. The cut should also be about a third of the way into the tree trunk. Proceed to make a similar cut on the side that the tree should be falling. Once this is done, quickly walk away from the fall area to avoid getting hurt as the tree falls.
A tip to maintain safety is to always face the tree as you get away. Turning your back could expose you to dangers that you cannot see, anticipate or get out of.
Tree cutting might seem simple but it should be left to the pros. They are skilled and experienced in this area. Additionally, they have the tools ready and are therefore cheaper. Cutting your own tree forces you to buy tools which are expensive. You would also need to spend a lot to repair damages or get treatment for bodily injuries that might occur as you try to do it on your own.
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