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Tree Surgery…And Parity Between Canberra Tradies

By tylersmayhem - 18 November 2008 37

As a new home owner, I’m going through the quite expected challenging experience of having to maintain my property, and all the in’s and out’s that come with it.

After only being there for around 3 months, various pieces of work have been completed from plumbing, electrics, roof mainentance…and most recently tree surgery.  I’m still trying to get me head around the way quotes work, and how they can vary so much depending on the trade.

I had a quote done recently for a tree surgeon to tidy up the big gum tree in my yard, which would require one dude with his equipment for about 3 hours work.  Even after agreeing to pay cash, and that the off cuts can be left on the property, the quote was around $400.  Now I am all for equality between tradies and suits, but even within trades there seems to be gaps.  For example the recent work I had done by a sparky took 3 hours for 2 guys plus a bag full of parts for around this same price.  While there is insurance, downtime, travel expenses and more that can be taken in to account – whats the deal?  I’m interested in some real life experiences from both sides of the fence here.

A recommendation for a variety of tree surgeons would be brilliant too.

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Tree Surgery…And Parity Between Canberra Tradies
el 11:04 pm 18 Nov 08

Well said imhotep.

Ari 10:36 pm 18 Nov 08

I helped a mate in Kambah bring down his dead tree for nothing.

… the new fence cost him $1500, however.

imhotep 10:27 pm 18 Nov 08

This may come as a shock to those of you have have never worked at any job which didn’t involve sitting down, but all ‘tradies’, just like all pubes, are not the same.
1) They have a right to choose who they work for.
2)They have a right to choose how much they will accept for their labour.

To assume that because you pay one ‘tradie’ so much per hour -therefore that is all you should pay someone else (despite the fact that they are doing something totally different) is the height of ignorance.

I’m not a tradie, btw. But when I first came here I had a job where some days I wore a suit and some days I wore fluoro. The difference in the way I was treated was a real eye-opener.

ant 10:10 pm 18 Nov 08

BerraBoy68 said :

Why these clowns bother to go to peoples homes and waste both parties time by talking about the work to be done with no intention of ever providing a quote is beyond me. From talking to others this is a frequent problem in Canberra across the trades. As it is I’ve had to break a golden rule of mine and hire a mate to build my deck.

erm. I hate to say this, but I have heard (from many of the buggers themselves) that they like to check out the job first, and the customer! Coming out to do a quote gives them a chance to have a look. They have so much work available, they can pick and choose.

hk0reduck 4:48 pm 18 Nov 08

IIRC, I called a number of arborists in Canberra and found that Lachlan from Tree Tops came in with the cheapest/quickest quote more then once. I just checked outside and the trees are definately gone so I would reccomend him for tree removal.

Also you should think about how much Mulch ripping bits off the tree is gonna make. We have like a tonne of it lying there because we said we’d be happy to keep it.

Here’s a list of ActewAGL Acredited Tree Surgeons
http://www.actewagl.com.au/safety/powerlines/treeSurgeon.aspx

Good luck! I hope you don’t get one of those b*stard Tree Surgeons who forgets that people don’t like it when their flowers get stomped on in the pursuit of efficient tree removal.

tylersmayhem 4:37 pm 18 Nov 08

Some very interesting points. In my mind I think insurance would be pretty much the same for a tree dude or a sparky. Tree falling on houses, or owners of houses being electrocuted due to a mistake are both pretty on par I’d think. As for the availability of arborists, people must have to use them often enough. It seems I need to book a good week or 2 in advance.

Skidbladnir 4:33 pm 18 Nov 08

That sounds pretty fair.

Tree sugrery ain’t cheap, and the cheap stuff ends up costing you.
But its a peak period for tree surgery right now, everyone wants their trees sorted before the summer storms roll in.

Where’s the job that needs doing?

dexi 4:24 pm 18 Nov 08

Tree surgeons have a lot more wear and tear on their tools and safety equipment. Potential, a lot of things can go wrong for them. If he has to climb the tree, then he should have another person on the job.

Ive worked both tree surgery and electrical. I always came home totally wrecked from the tree surgery.

shanefos 4:06 pm 18 Nov 08

Sounds like a pretty good quote to me.

shauno 3:59 pm 18 Nov 08

I know people that will do the job for a slab of VB

BerraBoy68 3:12 pm 18 Nov 08

Should have been southside after the fires TM. We actually had arborists knocking on our door asking if we wanted trees taken down.

I find having tradies provide a quote to be the biggest challenge. I’m having a deck built at my place and after having had several ‘chippies’ come over in September to measure up I’m still waiting for any quote to arrive either by e-mail or snail mail.

Why these clowns bother to go to peoples homes and waste both parties time by talking about the work to be done with no intention of ever providing a quote is beyond me. From talking to others this is a frequent problem in Canberra across the trades. As it is I’ve had to break a golden rule of mine and hire a mate to build my deck.

Jim Jones 2:58 pm 18 Nov 08

Whatever the deal, I’d quite happily pay any tradesman double if he would bother to f%^vking turn up on time.

p1 2:52 pm 18 Nov 08

I think that c’ may be onto something. Also, insurance is actually a pretty big part of a arborists costs, due to the possibility of dropping a tree right on a house….

Swaggie 2:31 pm 18 Nov 08

Is there a “valid until xxxx” date on the quote TM? I’m willing to bet that the cost of your tree surgeon will vary according to the time of year and how busy they are. Many people are looking at tidying up their places at this time of year but relatively fewer in the depths of winter for instance.

c` 2:28 pm 18 Nov 08

What would you hear more often – ‘I had to call an arborist’, as opposed to ‘I had to call a sparky’? Therein lies the answer, I suspect.

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