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Finding Someone to Clear Trees for Free

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When needing to remove trees from your property, understanding your legal rights and responsibilities is important. This is a guide about finding someone to clear trees.
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April 12, 20120 found this helpful

We are about to clear some land for building. We need the trees cleared off. We are willing to give the trees to whomever clear cuts them down. We live in North Carolina. Any suggestions?

By Tray

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April 14, 20120 found this helpful
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Craigslist or FreeCycle would be good places to advert this, also in your church bulletin if you attend a church.

Be careful in going about this, though-check your homeowner insurance to be sure that anyone injured in the process of cutting and clearing is covered, and that any damage the cutter causes to your property is likewise covered.

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January 17, 2016

I live out side Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and would like to have trees cleared on my land for free. I do not want to be paid for any trees, just clear much away. I do not know what kind of trees are on my land, but I have 31 acres.
Thanks.

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January 18, 20160 found this helpful
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Many people want to have trees removed from their property. Often someone tells them that tree removal services will pay them to remove trees from their property. Unfortunately, they face many problems:

*Tree removal companies are not interested in paying the owner in small jobs, such as a few acres of trees, as their costs in insurance, machinery and workers are very high.

*Some companies may be interested in a larger project if the property owner pays the company, however, the land owner might then find that the company sells the trees to lumber companies. The tree company then has the tree removal payment and the lumber sale payment, as well.

*Insurance liabilities on both sides can be very high as tree removal is a dangerous job and companies must carry high insurance costs for injury to workers and property. The property owner may face injury and damage costs, and legal problems, as well. Tree removal companies are required to carry insurance and bond for their company and workers but this does not mean the property owner does not need coverage for the property and possible injuries etc.

*Depending on the area or state of the property, the owner may face permit requirements, historic, cultural and other limitations in removing trees from a property.

*Frequently property owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract.

So, an answer to your question is not simple. You may find a tree removal service by putting an ad on Craigslist, etc., but you still face all the issues above with no guarantees.

You should discuss your plans with an attorney familiar with land use and then make an informed decision.

A caveat here-be careful not to provide the property address or even the general location of the trees to any company or person you might find from Craigslist, etc., before signing a contract. You may find that someone has removed the trees from your property without your knowledge.

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August 11, 2017

Do you know of anyone that cuts trees for the wood in south Louisiana?

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

Many people want to have trees removed from their property. Often someone tells them that tree removal services will pay them to remove trees from their property. Unfortunately, they face many problems:

*Tree removal companies are not interested in paying the owner in small jobs, such as a few acres of trees, as their costs in insurance, machinery and workers are very high.

*Some companies may be interested in a larger project if the land owner pays the company, however, the land owner might then find that the company sells the trees to lumber companies. The tree company then has the tree removal payment and the lumber sale payment, as well.

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*Insurance liabilities on both sides can be very high as tree removal is a dangerous job and companies must carry high insurance costs for injury to workers and property. The property owner may face injury and damage costs, and legal problems, as well. Tree removal companies are required to carry insurance and bond for their company and workers but this does not mean the property owner does not need coverage for the property and possible injuries etc.

*Depending on the area or state of the property, the owner may face permit requirements, historic, cultural and other limitations in removing trees from a property.

So, an answer to your question is not simple. You may find a tree removal service by putting an ad on Craigslist, etc., but you still face all the issues above with no guarantees.

*Frequently property owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract. You should discuss your plans with an attorney familiar with land use and then make an informed decision.

A caveat here-be careful not to provide the property address or even the general location of the trees to any company or person you might find from Craigslist, etc., before signing a contract. You may find that someone has removed the trees from your property without your knowledge.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

Cutting trees is very labor intensive and most people want to be paid. You could put an ad on Freecycle or Craigslist and see if you get any takers.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

I know there is technical issues with offering free wood if a person wants to come and cut your tree. However, I am sure there is a need for firewood in your area. I would suggest posting on Craig's List or even posting an ad in your local supermarkets. Normally they have a bulletin board you can post a 3x5 card on.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

You can post a listing on craigslist asking if anyone would like to cut your trees for the lumber.

Or, long shot check the wanted to see if anyone wants lumber.

Good luck!

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August 12, 20170 found this helpful

See if there are any logging/forestry companies local to you. Google lumber mills logging companies with your zip code for names to contact.

Tree removal is a costly job and companies usually require the land owner to have a large number of sizable trees before they will even take a look at the property and if they look at your trees they may only offer to cut them for free (no payment to you) or give you a price they would charge to cut the trees.

If you have sufficient trees for a tree company to buy (or cut for free or you pay for them to cut) be sure your contract has specific wording as to what type of cutting, clean up, stump removal they will do.

Most people do not know there is Forestry Service that will help with answering question about tree removal. Although service foresters cant oversee timber sales for you, they can provide you with a list of timber buyers in your area, sample contracts for timber sales, and information on government-run cost-share programs for replanting. Google forestry service agency with your zip code. Here is a link that has a lot of information about selling trees. It is a long read but very useful.

http://www.grit  w-to-sell-timber

A lot of people need firewood or there may be someone in your area that can have the wood cut into usable planks. Craigslist or Freecycle have places to post ads like this but remember to ask about whether they will do any cleanup as that is usually a big part of having trees cut.

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August 12, 20170 found this helpful

I found ,my guy on Craig's list. Good work and good prices

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May 3, 2017

My next door neighbor is an elder lady. She had 7 big white pines cut down and is looking for someone to haul them away for the free wood.

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May 3, 20170 found this helpful

You can always put an add on craigslist, free cycle, facebook swaps or even your local newspaper. However, I would not let on that the homeowner is an elderly lady or lives alone. That would give some valuable information to those who may take evil advantage of the situation. I would probably start with advertising at a church, that there is free firewood available, come help yourself and go from there.

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May 3, 20170 found this helpful

You can try posting an free ad on Craigslist!

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May 3, 20170 found this helpful

Freecycle is also a good way to advertise. She could put ads on the bulletin board in the supermarket, too.

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May 4, 20170 found this helpful

Try your local Craigslist and NextDoor.com

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March 14, 2017

I have aprox. 1 1/2 acres of pine trees. I would like someone to cut them down and take them away for free. How do I find such a person or company? I live around Edenton, North Carolina.

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March 14, 20170 found this helpful

You can find someone who wants the wood and you give them the wood in exchange for their labor to take it away. Put an ad in Freecycle or Craigslist.

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March 14, 20170 found this helpful

Like Judy said. I do this year around, as we have lots of land with timber, and since we seem to be having tornadoes to take some trees out about every 3 years now, I advertise on the local facebook swap shops, and on the bulletin board at the feed stores. So far, we have had 6 different men come and cut wood. I ask for 1/4 of what they cut, since we burn wood. They get the rest. Almost every Saturday I can hear someone in the back or in the hedge row cutting. It has worked very well for us, and since we are in a small farming community, we more or less know everyone, so we are feeling safe with this arrangement.

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March 15, 20170 found this helpful

Where I live, Southern California - it is rare for someone to cut down trees and haul for free.

But you could call your local tree trimming services and see if they would like to help you out. And you could also post on Craigslist or Facebook.

Good luck!

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

With that much wood you might be able to sell it, Benson, with the cost of cutting and removal factored into the contract. If your trees are a fair size, maybe look into that as a viable option? (If you've ever purchased lumber you know it's a valuable commodity.)

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