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When a tree falls in your front yard -- what are your options for getting rid of it?
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…
Finding a property owner to rent from that you can trust is hard and scary, which is why I would highly recommend Abeler Properties. Abeler is reliable, friendly, personable and professional. I have rented from them for 2 years, and I have never had a better landlord. With any maintenance issues, they were always fixed within 24 hours. There is truly no competition.
Also, the worst experience of our lives. I would also give them a zero if it was an option. The most unprofessional, unorganized, unfriendly company I have every worked with. From a lack of initial and ending walk-throughs of the property (which never happened), unanswered phone calls, unanswered property maintenance requests, waiting around for weeks for scheduled and then cancelled repair promises, to severe plumbing issues from the property never having regularly scheduled maintenance or replacement, rude and non-existent communication on a constant basis, to bullying on lease agreements and never returning deposits. The most unethical company practices I have ever experienced. Be aware! Don't use them, rent from them, sign a contract with them, all severely terrible service!
Great Property Management Company. Our property manager knows a lot, and has helped us to add a few additional boat docks, but calling the city and then the DNR in order to get it approved. Just in time for summer! She did an amazing job!
Great Property Management company. Our manager knows a lot, and has helped us to add a few additional docks, but calling the city and then the DNR in order to get it approved. She did an amazing job! Just in time for summer!
Great Company that does Home Owner Association Property Management for our Town Home community. We have been very impressed with their services and the property manager is very much on top of things. She has sent text messages last winter to the members to help clear the parking lots and make sure that the vendor could completely clear out the lot. It if course helps when you have a proactive property manager!Great maintenance services and vendors as well. I think that she has really helped to make a difference in our HOA and the members all seem to be closer together in helping to make our association much better and to have less of the issues that we were having previously. The freezing pipe issue is one thing that they fixed and we had been having problems for years.
Great property manager and management company. They have always been there for us and I was very impressed. Our property manager coordinated a huge fence replacement project for the whole community that included privacy fencing around each units back yard. She also suggested a trellis over each entry way door that is so nice! We can hang flower pots now!I recommend this company to any HOa board that need Home Owner Association Property Management Services. They are great!
STAY AWAY from Mailand Management Corp. No parking for residents! Infested with mice. NOT just so, we were charged over $800 worth of damage when we started out with a DIRTY and BAD shaped apartment. They are sharks! DO NOT RENT WITH THEM! They will try to take all your money once you move out.
1) Unprofessional Staff, including an annoying live-in-building manager, who enters YOUR apartment whenever he wishes.2) Cockroach Infestation3) Wasp Infestation in the SpringMy partner and I went to check out the apartments on Priscilla and upon stepping foot onto the front step some crazy looking old man started questioning us about who we were, who we were trying to see, why he hadn't seen us around before, etc. My partner told him we were there to see an apartment and that we had an appointment with the manager of the building; he then asked who the manager said they were. After we had confirmed that this man was indeed the building manager, out of an act of desperation to live close to my school and place of work, not to mention we did not have thousands of dollars to put down on multiple places we agreed to sign the lease and pay the application fee (both due at the time of the showing). The apartment buildings are infested with cockroaches and although the company which owns the building agrees to pay for an exterminator the live-in-landlord either refuses to let the exterminator in or they enter when you're sleeping or in the shower without any notice at all. In the Spring we had an infestation of wasps coming through the bathroom fan which was apparently 'normal' for the building... If you're a student or have a full time job this is definitely not the kind of place you want to rent from as the living conditions are loud at all hours of the day and night which is of absolutely no concern to management.
33rd Company manages our Home Owner Association (HOA). they have done a great job fixing the many things that had previously gone ignored. They also have an automatic payment system that makes it easy to have dues automatically deducted from my bank - so I don't forget to pay and get late fees for member dues. The communication has been great as well.
While they successfully rented my property for 5 years after I moved out of state, when my renters moved out without notice, it took them over 2 weeks to realize this. Two weeks that my property was unattended. I received an abatement order from the city, as well as it being investigated for a potential abandonment situation. Emails and phone calls were not returned. Work that I requested being done after the tenants left was not arranged. I then had to remit payment myself, as Gerenza Properties failed to do so. After being promised that I would received the security deposit to cover the payments, I had to file an insurance claim against Gerenza Properties when I hadn't received it (or any communication) a month later.Be aware that there is currently only 1 part time staff member at Gerenza Properties, and the owner/president no longer lives in Minnesota. So if you are hoping for a hands on approach, look elsewhere.(March 6, 2017)
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: