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January 7, 2011

A tree that topples at the wrong time or in the wrong place can cause significant damage to your home and property. Worse yet is the possibility that it could injure or kill someone. Here are some guidelines to help you recognize whether or not a tree has become a hazard, and as well as some steps you can take to correct the situation. A large tree that has fallen into a house


What is A "Hazard" Tree

The U.S. Forest Service defines a "hazard tree" as one with structural defects that are likely to cause the failure of all or part of the tree, which could result in striking a "target." A target can be a vehicle, building, or a place where people gather such as a park bench, picnic table, street, or backyard.

The Most Likely Candidates

Certain trees are more likely to become hazardous due to any number of contributing factors:

Assessing the Risks

An annual visual inspection of your trees is a good way to spot potential problems. A pair of binoculars can help you assess the hard-to-see upper branches of tall trees. A tree with defects only becomes hazardous when it has the potential to hit a target. Keep in mind though, that not all defects are structural. A tree appearing structurally sound can still be a hazard if it obstructs the view of a passing motorist, causes a sidewalk to buckle, or interferes with nearby power lines.

When performing your inspection, ask yourself the following questions:

Investigate Your Options

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you may want to have the tree evaluated by a certified arborist or tree professional and give you recommendations on corrective action. Before deciding what action to take, investigate your options.

Hiring a Good Tree Service

When getting estimates for work, look for companies that employ certified arborists. Make sure they carry the proper state certification and licenses and that they are fully insured. You can find one near you by visiting and typing in your zip code.

Trees don't live forever, but removing the hazard doesn't always mean removing the tree. Always consider the risk as well as the long-term consequences. Then try to create a landscape plan that allows for the perpetual cycle of planting, maintaining and replacing trees.

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July 25, 2011

We live in a mobile home park. There are California State rules for them which must be followed by all park owners. One of them is that if a tree poses a danger to people or property, the owner of the park must remove it.

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April 23, 2014

I am a Roswell resident and have ten pines (in excess of 70 feet tall, and about a foot and a half in diameter), plus a bunch of scrub pines on my property that we want removed. I don't care to be paid for the lumber, I just want to know if there is someone who will come and cut them and take them. We recently had trees removed from our front yard - and they tree removal service had a lumber company come pick up our wood and sell it. Anyone have any thoughts?


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Hi - Sorry but I do not know where Roswell is located but I have had experience with having trees removed in Florida.

Since you had trees removed before - have you ask the same company about these trees?
There should be a list of companies in your telephone book or Google the info with your location. maybe local companies will be listed.
Also look for names of any lumber companies or sawmills.

The problem with pines:
1. Usually is not a favorite for firewood so smaller companies do not cut them.
2. Pines may take heavier equipment and moving that kind of equipment is expensive.
3. Also, a log truck may have to be used and that is costly also.
4. Tree companies would have to weigh the cost of sending the equipment, truck and labor against how many "usable" trees are at that location AND how close they are to a house or buildings (insurance).


5. They would also need to know if their trucks could drive into your yard.

I had pines similar to what you mentioned but finally had to pay to have them removed. Maybe there are more tree companies near you.
Good luck.

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September 4, 2020

Is there anyone in the Bloomingburg NY area that would remove pine trees at a low cost or interested in purchasing 6 50ft pine trees in great condition?


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Removal of any tree/trees is a costly operation and it is rare that any trees are removed for free.
The after cutting cleanup is also expensive - stump removal, debris removal as both operations require special equipment as well as qualified operators - heavy duty trucks to haul equipment to site and pick up. I remember one company stating that it was a cost of $50 just to crank up his truck.


If trees are in a residential area it is even more costly as the equipment may have problems getting to trees and trees may be close to buildings/driveways and your homeowners insurance would be responsible for any damage unless the company agrees to accept responsibility.
Residential areas also usually require permits to cut down trees.

The only advice that I can offer is to call the sawmills and tree cutting companies in your area and ask for an estimate.

I did find several in your area to get you started.

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May 29, 2018

I have 4 very large oak trees and two very large pecan trees in my back yard that I wish to have removed. Is there enough value in harvesting them to entice someone to remove them at no cost?


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May 29, 20180 found this helpful

Many larger lumber companies would probably want to work with someone who has more trees.

You could call around and ask though.

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March 15, 2013

I have a lot of trees I need removed, but I have little income. I want to find some people who will take them for the wood. Can you help me with suggestions?

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March 18, 20131 found this helpful

Look in the newspaper or phone book for people who sell firewood. They might be interested in getting "free" wood to sell this winter.


Or they might be able to direct you to someone who wants it.

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March 18, 20130 found this helpful

Try posting it on Craig's List.

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April 4, 2017

I have around 30 pine trees in my yard, close to my house. I would like them all gone. Are there companies who would do this in exchange for wood?

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November 30, 2011

I have 2 sweet gum trees that are about 10 feet from the house . One is about 60 ft tall and the other is about 45. What is a fair price to have it topped or even removed?

By Adam E from Zebulon, NC


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November 30, 20110 found this helpful

The last time I got a bid for removing trees that big, they wanted $1,000 a tree, which seemed high to me. I think you can get them done significantly cheaper if they aren't close to any houses, but when they are, it's usually a 2 or 3 person team and fairly expensive and time consuming because of the care they need to use in removing branches and cutting the tree down in small sections. Having said that, get several bids, just make sure that who ever you choose is bonded, so that you are covered if they drop the a chunk of tree on a person, house or something else they are supposed to.


The time of year, where you live and the number of business specializing in tree removal in your area and drastically change the price you are going to have to pay, so multiple bids is a must. And if someone bids lower, but you had a better feeling about a tree removal service that bid higher, call and ask if they'll match the lower bid. It's not rocket science, but it's important to have someone who you are confident in what they are doing.

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December 4, 20110 found this helpful

I had 5 trees of pine and oak cut down at a cost of $500. It was a two man team. You really have to contact your local arborist and have them quote you a price.


Then select the lowest bidder. Prices will vary.

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Check with your local extension service before accepting that lowest bid-the cheapest often isn't the best and you could be dealing with people who don't know how to safely remove trees of that size.

The extension service will have a page on its website telling you how to safely remove a large tree, and that information is what you should use in choosing a service. The company that knows how to safely remove trees that big will be happy to describe the process they would use for your job-if they either don't describe the right process, or are unwilling to tell you precisely how they will remove your trees then that is not a company you should trust to do a good, safe job.

Taking down a tree is complicated, dangerous work. It has to be done carefully or you will have a real mess! An inexperienced or unskilled tree removal can cause quite a lot of damage-tree roots could be wrapped around your gas and water lines for example, a qualified company knows how to figure this out before causing you unexpected surprises.

Part of the job estimate should include removing the debris (but see below for more info on removal of debris), and grinding any stumps left in the ground.

You can usually work a discount by asking the company to run smaller debris through a chipper and then using the resulting chips as decorative mulch; any good company will also offer to cut and stack the wood for seasoning to use in your fireplace. They will charge you for that.

Some tree removal companies will try to charge you for removal of 'debris' that they will actually sell on as firewood-make sure your contract precludes them making double dips! If they are going to sell your 'debris' on, you should get a bit of a discount on the removal.

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August 9, 2018

A friend has dire need of having a catalpa tree taken down. It is huge. His budget is very very tight. Has anyone found a cheap, free, creative way to handle such a dilemma?

It would involve wires (electric and phone). However it is a healthy tree so it would not be considered as a danger that needed to be removed by the utility companies.

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September 10, 2019

Who would cut and remove three huge maple trees from my lot in front of my house in New Troy, MI 4119 for about 2000 board ft. of good hard wood.

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April 30, 2015

I have three huge oak trees that are between 50 and 75 feet tall that have died. I would like to find someone that would remove these trees that is licensed and bonded that would not charge me for the removal.

Any suggestions?


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April 30, 20150 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 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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June 28, 2012

I have a extremely large tree in my back yard and I would like for it to be removed for free. I live in the city of Detroit, Michigan. Does anyone know how I might have this done, or what company I can call?



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June 28, 20120 found this helpful

First I would ask some people you know (neighbors, coworkers, church members) if they can recommend anyone. Second I would check your Yellow Pages for someone who knows how to do this. Don't let an inexperienced person attempt this if it is a large tree as you say. Serious damage can be done if the process is not handeled correctly by someone who knows what they are doing. Bonus if they have a company because then they have insurance in case they drop the tree on your house, a power line or a jay walker.

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June 29, 20120 found this helpful

Alt of people advertise in craigslist about your situation. Make a post letting licensed people know that you have a tree in the backyard you need removed for free and that they can cut it down for free firewood. You'll get plenty of responses. Just make sure the person is licensed and insured.

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