Also to potentially prevent needing this type of service. The best way to combat this situation is to have a tree care professional asses tree health regularly. This will not completely eradicate this problem but hopefully put homeowners at ease knowing they have done all the can to prevent this occurrence. Most tree services offer free estimates and assessments. The reason being that is is very difficult to give an estimate without visually seeing a tree and the many variables involved. Size of tree, type of tree, location of tree, proximity of tree to structure/lines/obstacles, distance from worksite to equipment and access to tree are some factors. So take advantage of this. Old Town Tree looks at this as an opportunity to meet new potential customers and further educate people on proper tree care and maintenance. About 10% of the estimates we do result in zero dollar transactions as a result of nothing needed to be done. Sometimes the best solution is to let the tree grow and develop as nature intended it to. Again TOPPING TREES IS NEVER THE SOLUTION! This may seem contradictory from a business stand point. In reality people seem to appreciate the honesty and low pressure approach. Those situations often turn into referrals and further generate the type of reputation we strive for.