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Question DetailsAsked on 4/16/2015

Best type of business to remove downed trees, already cut to 10-15 ft lengths. Tree service or Junk hauler, etc.

Trees were downed in windstorm 2 yrs ago. Insurance barely covered anything, so have several piles of logs and tree sections, average 12 foot length. Just want removed. Tree service seems more than we need. No need for arborist or bucket truck, just removal. Would a junk hauler be a good idea? Or some other kind of business? No insurance for this, and tree services seem very expensive, and estimates have ranged from $650 to $7000!! What is a realistic range of costs? What is best type of service or company for this situation?

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Tree Service would be expected to be pricier than a Hauler (junk hauler).

Another alternative would be to contact a firewood company (if firewood quality wood) to haul it away. I would recommend being liability careful - make sure they have required workers compensation (if have employees) and liability insurance. Another safety measure might be to require they remove them intact, with no cutting allowed on your property - which is probably the most dangerous part of tree removal.

That is the problem with giving them to a neighbor or giving them away on Craigslist or such - the liability if someone gets hurt. Whatever you do, avoid "selling" it - that adds a lot of liability to you, which your homeowner's insurance might not cover. Far better, generally, giving it away if needed as that way the person is a guest on your property so your homeowner's insurance might cover any risk to you. Best is contracting to have it hauled away - even if only for a noiminal $ amount - so they are a contractor to you.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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