A tree or part of a tree falling on your house or your neighbor’s house can be very expensive, and sometimes deadly. It can be very costly to hire a professional to trim or remove a tree that has become a hazard. Some states or counties have assistance programs for qualified homeowners. Failing that, you can save some money by shopping around for estimates. You can also save by doing the cleanup yourself, if you’re able to or can find a volunteer who is. Once a tree is cut down, consider advertising free wood on Freecycle or Craigslist. Make it clear they’ll have to cut it up themselves.
If the tree is near power lines, ask the electric company if they will trim or remove it. If the tree is a hardwood, the guys who sell firewood by the side of the road might be willing to clear it away in return for the wood.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.