Angie's list maintaining bad trees

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POSTED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 1:20pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 1:36pm

Trees can add beauty and value to our homes, even reduce heating and cooling costs if they're properly placed.

But do you have a tree in your yard that is in danger of toppling?

In today's Angie's list report, what to do if your tree is on its last limb.

Angie hicks/Angie's list: "Proper tree maintenance is important from a liability standpoint for homeowners. You may not realize, but if you have a tree that falls and damages someone else's property you are going to be responsible so you want to take care of them when you see the first need."

Rick Carter/Tree Service Company: "There's anything from defoliation to partial or complete defoliation of the tree to discoloration of the foliage to disfiguration of the leaves, sometimes leaves are curled that could be signs of certain diseases or potential other injuries."

When it's time to remove a tree, several factors can affect the costs.

Angie Hicks/Angie's list: "A lot of tree removal companies will charge by the foot of a tree. For example, if 15$ a foot, a 40 foot tree would cost 600$ to remove. Keep in mind that price doesn't always include taking the stump out so be sure to ask about that in particulay if that's important to you."

In addition, check whether the company's quote includes a full yard clean up or will the debris be your responsibility to remove?

Many professional offer free, on-site estimates, but beware of any company that gives an estimate over the phone, without looking at the tree.

Tree removal is highly techinical and dangerous and should only be done by an experienced professional.

Before hiring, ask for proof of insurance and licensing.

Be sure all details of the project, including services and costs, are outlined in the contract before signing.

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