Tree Removal – How Much Does it Cost?

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Pricing a Tree Removal Job – Tree removal can be very expensive. If you have trees on your property, sooner or later, you will need to call someone to care for your trees.  If you want to know whether a tree company is overcharging, it can help a little if you have an idea of how to price a tree job!

Tree work is extremely dangerous and challenging to both mind and body. It takes a lot of experience and skill to do it well.  Many people do not understand why tree trimming cost is so expensive. It takes several years to gain the skill of a tree expert. If it were really that easy, you would do it yourself.

Taking down a tree or stump removal is not always a cut and dry matter. When deciding if you are getting a fair bid to remove a tree, there are many things you have to consider such as are their electrical wires, fences that need to be moved or hazardous situations These things may make the job more expensive.

This article will help you to determine if the price your tree removal service is charging a fair price. This is not an exact science but will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.

Tree Trimming Prices (How we Calculate)

Small trees:  A small tree would be 25 feet and up and 5 inches in diameter. Cost: $8 – 10 a foot plus a removal fee. A tree of this size should only take a few hours.

Medium Trees:  A large tree would be considered anywhere from 25 to 50 feet tall and two feet in diameter. Expect to pay at least $10 – 12 a foot. Cost: $500 to take down a 50-foot tree, plus a dumping fee. ($40-$50 a truckload.)

Large Trees: A large tree would be considered anything from 50 ft and up. If you have at a 70-foot tree you can expect to pay about $700 plus a dumping fee. If the tree to be removed has several huge sized boughs it will cost more as each addition sized bough is the size or a regular small to medium tree.  So add an extra $150 to $200 to a multi-boughed tree.

Dangerous Trees can Be More Expensive

A dangerous tree is a tree that is dangerous to the tree care provider or your property.   If is different than cutting a tree from the ground or a healthy tree with no threats.  Keep in mind, dealing with a hazardous tree will take more skill and care to remove and will cost you more.  Also, make sure the tree trimming service has insurance which protects you both.  The last thing you want is for someone to get hurt or your property damages with no legal protection.

What would be Considered a Hazardous Tree Job?

Dead trees:  A dead or rotten tree is unstable and unpredictable, it takes skill to make sure the tree is removed in such a way, to prevent it from breaking unexpectedly and possibly falling on your property.

Insects:  It is best to have an exterminator to remove or destroy any insect colonies. This way you won’t have to worry about your tree man getting stung or worse. Remember he, not an exterminator.

Electrical wires:  When scheduling a tree job where a tree is next to telephone wires, the wires must be taken down and put back up by the tree service. If the tree is next to a live wire, the tree company must schedule a disconnect from the electrical company and then make sure that the service it turned on again after the job is finished. Check out OSHA rules for tree care.

Tree on a steep hill:  A tree that is on a steep hill can be extra dangerous and can fall in the wrong direction. There are times when branches have to be manually roped down to avoid damage to property or from rolling down the hill.

Trees covered in ivy:  Trees covered with ivy are slippery, dangerous, and always have insects like biting ants. The tree man has to manually pull the ivy off the tree to assure a true grip.

A tree hung up in another tree:  A tree that is hung up in another tree is unpredictable and takes extra skill to remove to avoid damage to property, himself or worker.

All these things will increase the price of the tree job.

Saving Money on the Job

Saving money:  One way to save money on the job is to agree to keep the wood, cut it up and move it yourself. If you have a fireplace burn it in the winter.   If you do not have a fireplace, place an ad in the paper or Craigslist, offering free wood.

Remember, many smaller tree removal companies will work with you concerning the price. You won’t know if you can get the job done cheaper if you don’t ask. So ask!

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