If you have an unwanted tree on your land, then you may want to have it removed. On the surface, this seems like a simple task. You call a tree removal company and schedule the service, and they come to remove the tree. There are, however, a couple of other steps you should tackle first.
Ask about alternatives
If you absolutely want the tree removed, then it is settled. But if you are not 100% sure you want the tree removed, it is worth asking the tree company about alternatives. You might think, for example, that a diseased tree is beyond healing. However, the tree care company might tell you that fungicide injections could save the tree. A tree that is overgrowing your roof might be able to be trimmed back so that it does not interfere, rather than being removed entirely. Unless you are dead set on removal, ask about your options before assuming removal is your only choice.
Inquire about permits
In some towns and cities, you need to apply for a permit in order to remove a tree. Call up your local building code office, and ask them whether you need a permit for tree removal. This way, you will not be stuck with a fine after having the tree removed without a permit. The office may require proof of the tree care company's insurance and business license before they issue a permit.
Check with neighbors
At the very least, let your neighbors know you are having a tree removed so they are not shocked when they hear something fall in the backyard. You can also ask if they have any trees they would like removed from their property. Sometimes a tree removal company will give you a discount if you schedule several trees to be removed at the same time.
Ask about stump removal
Some tree removal companies take down a tree, but then they leave the stump in place. Other tree removal companies take the stump out, too. Just make sure you ask what the tree removal company plans to do with the stump so that you can make separate plans to have it removed if needed.
Having a tree removed is not too difficult when you hire a tree removal service. However, it is still wise to follow the steps above to make sure you are all set before the tree removal company comes.