When building new construction or landscaping, have a tree service evaluate the trees (and listen to him). Disturbing tree roots in most cases results in the death of the trees within five years depending on rain. Then the tree is more expensive to remove because of what is now below it that was not there before.
Remove a tree as soon as it starts showing it is dying. Especially inaccessible trees that have to be climbed. The more decayed they are the more expensive they will be. And you may be stuck with a tree no one will climb and it will have to fall on it's own. Good luck and pray for a favoring wind.
Don't plant trees under the power lines. The shadow cast by the sun off the power line onto the ground is not a straight edge. It is actually illegal to plant under power lines. Besides depending on the tree the power company will be around every six years to make it look ugly (again). And the power company is required by federal law to maintain a ten foot clearance, for service and safety.
When building new construction or landscaping, plan ahead. Try to leave access to the rear lot so a tree service can get in. Inaccessible trees are much more expensive then if you plan ahead and leave access to get a bucket truck in. Select low growth trees for rear lot trees and large growth trees where there is not an accessibility issue.
Insurance. Check your homeowners policy for tree damage coverage. Most carriers cover the tree removal from structures, and only cover up to $500.00 towards tree debris removal cost. In the event of a storm and there are multiple trees down it could cost thousands to remove all of the trees. If your neighbors tree falls onto your property it is your responsibility for all damages. And vice versa. Unless the tree was deemed to be a non viable or hazardous tree prior to the incident. So if your neighbor has a tree with a high probability of damage to your property please contact your insurance carrier as soon as possible. They will send out an agent to evaluate and document the trees in question. If you also have a dead tree on your property and it falls and damages your property in most cases the insurance carrier can deny your claim. Because the tree had been dead for a long time and you neglected to have it removed.
Choosing The Right Tree Service
Tree services get backlogged during the summer months and it may be weeks before they can get to you. Especially after a storm in the area. The weather plays a huge factor in our scheduling. So be patient we will get to you as soon as possible. If it has been more than a month please feel free to give us a reminder call. Make sure the tree service you choose is reputable and insured. Ask to see their insurance certificate. Price seems to be the biggest concern to most customers, and it should be fair. Don't Be afraid to get several estimates. Estimates can vary substantially between companies.