When it comes to felling a tree, there is always the question of whether or not to do it yourself. Why pay a company when you can simply get a few friends or family members together and just get it done without having to call a professional? This is a common practice for many, but as someone that has been part of the industry for awhile, and done it both ways, I can tell you that doing it yourself is not always a money saver.
The main problem you run into when doing it yourself is underestimating the amount of work it takes to actually complete the project. There are a number of branches that usually need to be cut before felling the tree itself, which requires special equipment such as a harness and small compact saw in order to achieve.
But there is more
In addition to needing special equipment most of the time, there is an even bigger problem which is causing property damage if you cannot get the tree to fall exactly where you want. The problem with felling a tree is that they are often larger than they look and without the right equipment, they cannot always be told where to fall.
Professionals are experienced with this idea and have the tools needed to make the tree fall basically where they want, and depending on how close the neighbors are, this might be a necessity. This is not to say that there are no trees that can be taken down by yourself, but at least consult a professional.