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Chopping down a tree might seem simple, but when it comes to felling larger trees a DIY solution can get you seriously hurt. Finding a tradesman to do the job is easy through Plentific. The Plentific website can generate a bespoke contact list showing the best tradesmen in your local area that offer the services and skills you require. To help you compare them you will also get convenient access to customer ratings and reviews, so that when you make your final hire you can do so with confidence.
What do you need to know about tree felling?
The thing you must realise about tree felling is that it can be extremely dangerous. A qualified arborist will have all the tools and expertise to do the job safely. They will usually want to assess your situation personally before giving you a quote; do not trust uninformed or quick quotes, as failing to notice potential problems before work begins can lead to significant costs down the line. If the tree is in a garden, orchard, churchyard or designated open space, or if poses a direct danger, then it is not necessary to have a felling license to chop it down, but your arborist will most likely have one. Keep in mind that certain species of tree are protected by the Tree Preservation Order. You will also need to seek permission if you are living in a conservation area.
Your price will depend on the height and overhang of the tree, as well as its species and the ease of access to the site. You will need permission if your tree is near a public footpath or road. A lot of waste material will also be produced, so ask your tradesmen about their disposal methods. You can save money by disposing of the waste yourself, but do not risk your health by trying to lift large chunks of wood instead of cutting them into manageable pieces first. You should also consider whether you want the stump of the tree removed. Depending on all of these factors, the cost of felling a tree can cost between £450 and £5000. Again, have the situation assessed and collect several quotes to compare.
Given the danger of the job it is important that you check the qualifications and experience of each of your choices. They may belong to a national tradesmans’ organisation such as the Arboriculturalist Association. Such groups enforce high standards and codes of conduct on their members, so membership with them is a very good sign. Remember to take the time to ask about their safety measures. You should also check through customer reviews and ratings for your choices to make sure they do satisfactory work. Finally, it is fundamental that your final choice is fully covered against accidental damage and liabilities.