Tree Survey Cost: Quality Versus Price

Tree survey cost is certainly a concern most people have before taking on such a service from an arborist. Because of this, many try to find the cheapest tree surveying consultancy available. But then, of course, comes the concern of quality. Will a consultant charging low prices really provide a comprehensive survey?

All these concerns are valid. But, as with anything in life, you get what you pay for. While organisations may have the finances to ensure that they receive a quality tree inspection expert, what if you are an individual looking to submit planning permission to extend your home? It's a situation many find themselves in. Once planning is submitted, the council may ask for a tree survey to be performed to assess how any extensions may affect the local tree populace. The problem with low-cost tree surveyors is that they are often contractors. For this reason, the job is done in the fastest, cheapest way possible. However, this can have extreme consequences for your plans. For example, you may have plans drawn up by an architect for the extension. However, in a lot of cases, such a contractor wouldn't bother to even look at these drawings. Instead, you would likely receive a report featuring some rough dimensions, specifications, the number of trees and a plan. But without a holistic approach to the issue, it is very likely that a local planning authority and council will reject the proposal. Remember: these public bodies see countless well-produced professional tree reports; so, they can recognise bad ones too.

Thankfully at Braemar Arboriculture Limited, we try to cover the best of both worlds. We offer a great mix of quality and affordability – making us perfect for individuals. We are consultants; not contractors. So, if you have tree survey cost concerns, get in touch with us to find out how we can help. Just email or visit us at