Removing a large tree from your property is no small endeavor! Perhaps your biggest worry as you approach this task is that the tree will in some way damage your home or landscape. You can greatly reduce the risk of damage by hiring tree removal professionals who have experience in this regard. Still, there are a few more steps you should take — or make sure that they take — to reduce the risk of damage.

1. Make sure the tree company makes a prior visit for evaluation.

When you call to make plans with a tree removal company, make sure that they are aware of the tree's size. Also, check that they will send someone out before the scheduled removal to suss out the situation. Most tree removal companies will do this without you having to ask, but it's worth looking into. Visiting beforehand will allow the tree company to better determine what equipment they need to bring so they can do the safest job possible.

2. Tell your neighbors when the tree removal company will be arriving.

Assuming you have neighbors with land close by, make sure you tell them when the tree company will be on-site. This way, they can move any cars or other large objects and hopefully give the tree removal professionals more room to work. The more space they have around them, the less likely they are to accidentally damage something.

3. Have the wood chipped on-site, if possible. 

Some tree companies will give you the choice of having the wood chipped on-site in your yard, or carted off-site to be chipped. If possible, opt to have the wood chipped on-site. This will allow the tree removal company to chip up logs and branches as they go, so there is less clutter to work around. Also, you won't have to worry so much about someone bumping a big log into your house or yard while loading it on a truck for transportation.

4. Tidy up the landscaping before the tree company's arrival. 

While it may seem like a waste of time to mow the lawn or trim weeds before a tree care company comes and makes a mess of your yard with tree branches, doing this maintenance is a really good idea. Long grass and weeds can make it tough for your tree removal company to properly place their equipment, which makes accidents more likely.

If you follow the steps above, you can reduce the risk of property damage and similar incidents when removing a large tree.