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Who doesn’t like a good deal?
From booking a hotel room during the off-season to snagging the latest Groupon, everyone loves the thrill of not having to pay full price. And when it comes to paying for services around your home that you weren’t expecting to have to pay for anytime soon (like tree removals)? Even better!
Tree removals can be costly, and if you’ve got more than one, the price can easily become overwhelming. The Cost of Tree Service depends on a variety of factors, like how big the tree is, where it’s located, any extenuating circumstances or safety hazards, and even things like what kind of equipment and insurance the tree service company has. But just like with other products and services, there are ways to help mitigate the cost of tree service – like having your trees removed or pruned during the winter months, for example.
Why Is Tree Service More Affordable in the Winter?
No matter what kind of tree work you’re doing, the game plan, process, and success all hinge on the tree itself. And in the winter months, trees are dormant, conserving their energy for surviving the cold season rather than new growth.
This might not seem like a big deal, but think about it. A dormant tree doesn’t have any leaves or flowers on it. That means easier access for tree work, and less debris scattered around in the process. An easier job and less clean-up means cheaper cost!
In addition to the work potentially being easier to accomplish, the need for tree work slows in the winter. The holiday season means people are busy visiting family, having family visit, attending parties, and buying gifts. That dead tree you saw tends to move to the back of the priority list in the face of a full calendar.
People also tend to spend more time inside in the winter, preferring the warmth of the fireplace to the cold, wet backyard. With less time spent looking at the trees around you, your chances of spotting a problem tree go down. It’s also much easier to notice that your tree looks sickly or dead when its leaves are diseased, dying, or not there when they’re supposed to be. Everything looks dead in the winter, so even if you are looking, dead trees can blend right in.
With fewer people prioritizing tree work, that leaves tree service companies doing their best to drum up some business. And the best way to encourage business? Lower prices!
As an added bonus, less business means less wait time. During the summer, it could take a week or two to get an appointment scheduled for an estimate. Even once you have the quote, you could still be looking at 6 to 8 weeks on the waiting list before your work can be completed.
But in the winter months, with less people asking after quotes, you’re likely to get an appointment much faster. And once you decide to accept the estimate, your wait time will probably be closer to 2 to 3 weeks!
What Else Should I Consider?
Another way to save on a tree removal? Don’t wait. When it comes to a dead or dying tree, the longer it’s allowed to decline, the more complex and dangerous the situation becomes. This, in turn, will make the removal more expensive. To help avoid that, it’s important to periodically give any trees on your property a once-over. Check out our article on the 5 Simple Signs To Identify If Your Tree Is In Decline for tips on what to look for. While dead trees can be camouflaged in the winter, the lack of leaves and flowers can also make it easier to spot things like parasites or cavities.
If you think one of your trees might be a risk, it’s best to have a Certified Arborist come give it a look. At Classic City Arborists, we offer free estimates to all our customers. Scott Rushing, our owner and Certified Arborist, will listen to your concerns, offer his professional opinion, and then provide pricing for any work that you discuss.
If you’ve got a tree you’re worried about, fill out our Contact Form today. The safety of your home and family is our top priority, which is why we maintain Worker’s Comp Coverage and General Liability Insurance and Auto Insurance, to protect both our customers and our employees.
Give us a call today to see how we can improve the safety of your yard at a cheaper rate (with the same high quality work!) than you’ll find during the summer.
Rebekah Rushing is a mother of three and the co-owner of Classic City Arborists. When she isn’t dealing with snotty noses and dirty diapers, she handles the accounting & finance, marketing & advertising and human resources. While she is no longer the voice on the phone, she is still hard at work in the background keeping everything running smoothly.