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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
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From Business: Hecksel Tree Service is a fully licensed and insured tree service located in Spring Lake, MI. We specialize in large trees in tight residential spaces. We are ver…
When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
Trimming and removing trees can be dangerous, if not deadly. Learn how to stay safe and when to call a professional.
Since the price of tree removal and trimming services can vary widely, it can be difficult to find an affordable tree service. Lea…
Came out and met with me on October 28th to discuss some tree removal work on my property. Gave me a reasonable quote for the work and I verbally accepted. He told me that he'd have it done by Thanksgiving (told me this twice) as he was booked solid and had already lost a day due to that day's rainfall. Had to ask him to supply a written quote though he seemed very apprehensive in doing so.I assumed that, like any other service business, he would call to set up a time to perform the work. Imagine my surprise, two days later, when I come home to see the trees had been removed from my property. Furniture in my backyard had been moved and was left out, deep ruts had been left in my front yard, and a gas-powered leaf blower was left on a chair in my backyard. No call had been made to schedule this service and no bill had been left. He and his crew just walked right in and did whatever they wanted to, apparently.The next morning, we had a knock on our door and it was Tom. Told him I didn't appreciate him not scheduling a date for the work and just coming into my yard unannounced and that I would have appreciated a call. He just smiled and said, "next time we can do that, I guess." He seemed not to care nor understand. I also told him that I didn't appreciate the ruts in my yard. He told me, "well, they had to get big equipment in here. I guess we could put in some topsoil or something." I reiterated that I wasn't really happy with his lack of communication and he suddenly blew up and said, "I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE A BROW-BEATING OVER THIS!" and then proceeded to walk quickly to his truck and get in. Before he got in I said, "do you want your blower back?" To which he replied by plugging his ears and yelling, "I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!" He then drove off. While the tree removal itself was fine, Tom has very poor customer service skills and is incredibly rude. I wasn't looking for a discount or price break...I just wanted him to understand that hurting someone's yard, going on property unannounced, and leaving equipment on the job site upon completion is not professional or acceptable. I would strongly advise that you look elsewhere in Muskegon for your tree cutting/ trimming needs, unless you like to be treated like crap.
If I could do 10 stars I would! Kim is one of the nicest people ever she goes above and beyond! I have had massages by many people and she is one of the only ones I would go back to over and over again. The environment is calm and relaxing, very clean and neat. She has alot of knowledge about massage and the human body also. I would recommend her to anyone! :)
They do a good job but he pays his workers slave wage and works them to the bone
Guy come got money for cherry wood told me guys would drop off at 7. 8 called he said he was bringing it himself be here in a hour promised 930 didn't answer his phone called 3 times took my money and no wood or phone calls back guy should be closed down!!!!
There are a lot of massage therapists in the Muskegon area but not many that seem to have the technical knowledge that she does. She has reasonable rates for the results and quality of massage I get.
A first rate massage therapist with a vast knowledge of anatomy and health related problems. I would recommend this massage therapist on therapeutic results, but her professionalism alone keeps me returning as a loyal customer. A++
This guy did work for my neighbor, I was outside moving vehicles around and he yelled across the yard about a tree branch. I told him they could have it cut what hangs over the property line but the tree is in my yard and I would have it taken care of if/when I want. He rambled on about how if it fell I could get sued, I called my dad, my family is in the insurance business, and he said no it would be considered an act of God and each own homeowners insurances would cover damages. I told the guy then he told my neighbor to sue me for $50,000 for pain and suffering of dealing with a down tree. The tree is not falling and I already had someone look at it last Fall. Either way I wouldn't use that idiot to do any tree work. After acting like he did and arguing with me I told him NO he said $500 i will do it right now. I, again, said NO and then he still wanted to argue. The guy was a complete moron, rude and I don't know how he thought I would give him any business after the way he acted, when I laid down the facts from my dad who knows insurance he changed his story...I'm not some dumb young college girl :p idiot!
Mary Kay delivers one of the best therapeutic massages I have ever received. Her location is perfectly located downtown across from the Holiday Inn. I always look forward to my next massage. Thank you for your amazing contribution to Muskegon,MI!!
Finding the right arborists for the job is just like hiring any other professional tradespeople, such as plumbers or electricians. You want trustworthy people who know what they are doing, especially since they are working on or around your home - the most expensive piece of property you own.
Don't hire the first person who claims to be a professional, but only has a chainsaw and a flatbed pickup truck.
What Kind of Work Do You Need Done?
Before you search for an arborist, make sure you know what kind of work needs completing. Do your trees need a simple trim of their leaves and branches, or do you require a more serious task, such as sawing low-hanging branches that could cause damage to your house if a severe storm occurs?
Once you know the extent of the work you need completed, make a list of tree service providers in your area. If you know you have low-hanging branches that could prove to be problematic, it's smart to find an arborist sooner rather than later. Many tree service providers get a a lot of business after storms hit, so you could be waiting for a while if you delay in calling a professional.
You have a better chance of getting a good deal on trimming or tree removal if you get any necessary work done in the winter, as opposed to busy seasons like spring and summer.
Look for Reviews and Ask for Recommendations
Start your search for a tree service by looking at the online reviews of any companies in your area. Remember your family, friends and neighbors are also trusted sources of information, so ask them if they can recommend a tree service to you. Ask them what kind of jobs the arborist performed, how much they charged and if they were pleased with the results.
Are They Certified Arborists?
Not all tree service companies feature certified arborists. If you have trees you want to keep and care for, you need a full-fledged arborist for the job. Ask the company to verify qualifications and credentials before you sign or agree to anything.
Hiring a certified arborist gives you more options. In case you decide you don't want trees chopped down, ask if there's anything he or she can do to spare any sickly trees you might have.
Remember that the landscape of your yard either adds or subtracts to the value of your home, so upkeep of your trees is very important if you want good home equity.
Ask for Proof of Insurance
Before hiring a company, you need to know it's carrying enough insurance to cover any damage done to your property or any injuries that could result from the work done on your home.
Make sure you verify the tree service is insured and for the proper amount.
Request a Walkthrough
Don't sign a contract for the work until the arborist walks you through the details of the job and explains the kind of work he or she will be doing, how long it may take and what kind of equipment will be used.
While doing a walkthrough, ask how debris will be disposed of. Will the service be responsible for clean-up? It could be you want the tree converted into mulch or firewood. If so, make sure you and the arborist are both on the same page before you make a hiring decision.
This is also a great time to ask about the service's qualifications. Ask for a list of references you can contact regarding the quality of the service's work, as well as the tyeps of jobs it has performed in the past.
Compare Estimates and Average Costs
It's always smart to request estimates for jobs from several companies before making a decision. Obtain a written bid for any work.
How much you'll pay for services depends on how tall and large the tree is and what type of job is required. This is why the average cost of trimming a tree varies widely. Trimming or pruning a 30-foot tree can cost anywhere from $75 to $400, while taller species such as oaks and pines may run from $150 to almost $900.
The average cost of completely cutting down a large tree can be well over $1,000 with stump removal. The price of grinding down the tree's stump also varies. Many tree service professionals charge by the diameter, with the average price being $3 per inch.
Keep in mind that the more dangerous the job, the more it will cost to remove or even trim a tree. If the tree is located in a hard-to-reach area or if there are power lines either near it or in the way, a tree service will charge more.
With that being said, it's important to get an itemized invoice that shows how much each part of the job will cost, from the actual chopping down of the tree to the stump grinding and disposal.
A tree service professional, also known as an arborist, does much more than chop down trees and remove stumps from your front yard. As a homeowner, you likely want some greenery on your property. However, out-of-control trees and shrubbery can be hazardous to you and anyone who enters your yard. Trees can also balloon your homeowners insurance rates if a branch falls on your home, vehicle or somebody walking on your property.
Experienced tree service providers can give you insight into how to properly care for your trees and what to do if any of them are diseased. In fact, many homeowners regularly call on arborists to diagnose the health of their trees. Many times, tree service workers must fell a tree if it has contracted an ailment.
However, just keeping track of the fertilizer you use, the soil the tree is in and the amount of water the tree needs can keep some diseases at bay. This is why it's smart to hire an arborist, who can advise you on whether you can save the trees on your property or whether you should cut them down and remove them.
Arborists can also treat the tree and possibly cure it of common diseases such as canker, heart rot, root and butt rot, sooty mold, powdery mildew or verticillium wilt. Some of these ailments attack certain species of trees via the soil or roots, and if they aren't caught soon, the plant could die.
Tree service experts not only diagnose the diseases ailing your saplings, they also provide insect control if it happens that the plants are sick due to pests. Not all tree diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria and lack of water. Some bugs burrow through the bark and damage hardwood and softwood trees. Depending on the species of trees in your yard and the region of the country you live in, aphids, the infamous emerald ash borer or other pests could destroy your healthy trees. Calling an arborist sooner rather than later can help you head this problem off at the pass before you're stuck with a treeless yard.
Not only can an arborist help you ward off tree diseases and pests, he or she can also study samples of the soil on your property to determine if the ground isn't nutrient-rich enough to support vegetation.
Tree Cutting and Removal
Felling trees and mulching them into pulp is the most common job for which homeowners need arborists. However, you might need a tree service if you plan to construct a new home or if you're adding an addition to a pre-existing residence. If a tree happens to be in the way of your plans, call a service company. They can chop the offending plant down and remove the stump from your property so you can start building.
However, if you wish to protect the trees around your home from any construction work, a tree service can also help. An arborist can prune some of the branches to ensure the tree stays healthy but doesn't interfere with new construction or additions.
If a storm hits and damages your residence, a tree service professional is usually on your list of people to call for help after first responders and your insurer.
A professional service can completely remove a tree or just prune and saw off its branches if a storm damages a tree. After sawing or destroying the tree, professionals can then remove any of the dangerous debris from your yard by hauling it off.
Planting New Trees
Tree service companies don't just get rid of sickly or dead hardwood and softwood trees, they also offer their expertise and assistance if you want to plant new ones. If you want to add to the greenery in your yard but you're concerned about the right species to plant or where to put it on your property, seek the advice of an arborist.
Last but not least, tree service companies are also great places to get your wood if you happen to have a fireplace. Many tree businesses offer free delivery and stacking of hardwoods, such as maple or birch. These can make for the best firewood because they burn slowly and don't produce as much smoke as other types.
No industry is safe from hucksters and scam artists, unfortunately, and tree service providers are no exception to this rule. Do your due diligence and always ask for proof of insurance and certification before agreeing to any work. You will also want to be on the lookout for telltale signs of scams. Be cautious of any company that: