So for any of you out there that happened to have made it through my first post and caught the end, a huge storm had just blown through my town and took out the biggest tree in my front lawn and brought me to my computer looking up different tree service companies to clean it up. One of many reasons being an adult sucks, tree service is not cheap.
This isn’t actually my house but it gives you a little idea of what I mean. Fortunately enough for me, the tree was nice enough not to smash my house or car but still put a damper on my day to say the least.
who can afford all of this?
So I had 3 different companies come out and give me an assessment and guess how much it costs to have one big tree removed form one’s lawn these days?
Go ahead guess…
The lowest quote I got and what I ended up paying out of my pocket was a whopping $4,795. God. Damnit.
I like to think that I work overtime and went to school for so long so that I could spend money on nice things every once in a while. Maybe stock up enough to go on vacation fora year or to have a nice TV. When you’re a kid, you never think about the random expenses you have as an adult. Who the hell ever keeps an extra five grand aside just in case a tree falls over into your yard?
Is my cement driveway going to cave in? is there going to be mold in my basement walls that I will discover one day? Will a meteor fall onto my garage and take out my car in its path?
Seriously, I am barely breaking even these days.
it gets worse…
So I thought all these guys were going to have to do was come out, take the tree and that would be the end of it. But the bad news just kept coming.
The tree that fell over was one of many in my yard and after the tree guys were done, they gave me the unfortunate news that it was only going to be a matter of time before the others came down too. I had a feeling that they were going to tell me this but I didn’t want to believe it.
So they gave me two options. I could either have the ones at risk of falling down completely removed, costing me upwards of 8 grand. Or I could have some extensive tree pruning done. Apparently they have ways of cutting the trees and limbs in certain ways to change the rate that trees grow. So if I don’t have them removed, I could have them pruned way down and in a way that they won’t grow as long or as fast. This would only cost me about 2 and a half grand which I cannot justify paying right now. Even if I did this they said they will eventually probably fall and I will be right back where I am here.
Whoever would have thought tree service was so expensive? I think I remember one time I heard that a small privately owned tree service company needs to clear at least 2 grand a day to break even so it just is what it is I guess?