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Question DetailsAsked on 6/9/2017

need to remove trees for free in exchange for wood in Bothell WA

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You can find a significant number of previous similar questions with answers, including some thoughts on the personal and property damage and liability and potential loss of your insurance protection risks involved in letting non-professionals on your property to cut and remove trees, in the Lawn & Garden > Tree Service link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

Naturally, felling standing trees near utilities or structures or roads or such involves greater risk then cutting up already fallen trees, but even just removal of trees by uninsured vendors bears significant liability risk, including possible loss of your homeowner's insurance coverage for any damages or injury claims which result, in some circumstances.

I remember one incident when I was a kid where a neighbor allowed someone to come cut up a fallen oak tree to take for firewood - after a fatal accident as he cut up the tree (was about 6-7 foot diameter and rolled as he cut it) his estte sued the homeowner for pretty much everything they had, and they ended up losing their home as as a result. SO letting just anyone or a firewood company or such to cut wood and haul it away can involve significant risk if not done under contract with insurance - not to mention the risks of damage to your yard, drive, etc in the process, and in most cases little or no stump or small branch/leaf cleanup or removal afterwards which could readily be included in a normal tree service contract.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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