Finding Someone to Cut Trees?

We just bought 10 acres of land and need to know who can clear it off and keep all tress and wood they cut. Who can I call and about how much do they charge?


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April 8, 20170 found this helpful

You could research and call local Tree Removal & Trimming in your area and ask how much they would charge.

Or, post on Craigslist/Facebook if anyone wants to cut and haul for free.

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April 8, 20170 found this helpful

Post in the farm and garden section of Craigslist to start. Its free to post there.

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April 8, 20170 found this helpful

This can become a tricky situation if not handled very carefully. There have been instances of someone getting an address to "look" at the job and then cutting down the trees (without permission or contract) and leaving all the debris behind for the surprised land owner to pay to have removed. (This has happened from an ad on Craigslist.)


You can place an ad on Craigslist but be sure to check out the caller before giving an address or making any kind of deal.
You can check with any large lumber yards - especially a mill - and ask if they have names of reputable companies you can discuss this with. Check on Google with your zip and question to locate interested parties. Be sure you have a list of how you want the removal handled and what they will be responsible for (debris removal, stumps?, holes filled, etc.). You may not get everything for free but you should ask anyway.
I would recommend that you or a responsible adult be on the property at all times that someone is on your land.
Are you sure you want all of the 10 acres cleared? Many states give very good tax cuts when there are significant trees on 10 acres even if a portion of it is cleared for a homestead.

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April 8, 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.

*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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April 8, 20171 found this helpful

Removing trees is hard work, do most people charge for it. If you place an ad in Freecycle or Craigslist offering the wood in exchange for the service you may get some responses.

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April 10, 20170 found this helpful

We never pay. I put ads on craigslist and facebook swap shopshops they can have 3/4 of the wood in exchange for leaving us 1/4 of it, since we also burn wood.

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