Door to door tree loppers

Residents should be wary of uninvited offers to lop trees on their property for cash payments. Consumer Affairs Victoria has received a number of reports about tree loppers who door-knock to find work, then fail to finish the job or do it poorly.

Be wary of tree loppers who:

  • knock on your door unexpectedly
  • suggest they have been sent by Council or have Council permits to remove trees on your property
  • offer cheap deals using words like 'for today only'
  • pressure you to accept their offer by claiming the tree is damaging property or must be removed
  • ask for cash up front
  • offer to drive you to the bank to get money for payment

Before you engage someone to prune or remove a tree:

  • shop around – get recommendations from friends and family
  • consider using a qualified arborist
  • obtain written quotes and check insurance
  • make sure all necessary work – such as removing and mulching waste – is covered in the quote
  • ask for contact details of previous clients for references
  • do not sign any agreement until you are ready
  • check permit requirements with Council before you agree to any work

Report suspicious activity
Help protect others in your community and report suspicious activity by contacting Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81 or email

Last updated: Thursday, 6 June 2019, 4:46 AM