Many homeowners who are used to doing their own yard work may think that they can handle their tree trimming and removal needs on their own, but the reality of the situation is that these are not do-it-yourself jobs. For the sake of your personal safety, the safety of your property, and the health of your trees, you should always contact a certified arborist or a professional tree service company for these tasks.
There are many hazards involved in working with trees. Chainsaws, for example, are extremely dangerous, and can easily lead to injury. In situations where the tree being trimmed or removed is near a power line, there is also a very real risk of electrocution. Finally, there is also the possibility of falling. Professional tree removers have the equipment and experience needed to safely trim or remove your tree while avoiding these dangers.
Prevent Property Damage
A common reason for tree or limb removal is to prevent damage to your home or nearby power lines. However, if you attempt the removal yourself without hiring a professional, things can get out of control, and a limb may fall and cause the damage that you were trying to prevent. If you do manage to remove the tree successfully, what will you do with the stump? Professional tree service companies have stump grinders and chipping equipment, allowing them to remove the tree in its entirety without leaving a stump as an eyesore in your yard.
Keep Your Trees Healthy
Tree trimming done correctly is not harmful to the tree, and can provide many benefits. However, pruning that is done incorrectly can put unnecessary stress on the tree and invite disease and infection. Pruning should always be carried out by an experienced professional who knows the trimming methods that are best for the tree’s health.
Tree Service - Winter Pruning
Storms happen. Whether wind, rain, or lightening, storms can do quite some damage as well. And one of the most common and widely-reported aftermaths of a serious storm are fallen trees. When trees fall, the outcome can be very devastating. Large trees can completely demolish houses, cave in roof tops and garages, take out power lines and telephone poles, and even harm people and pets.
Fortunately, there are professional tree care services available to help remove split, fallen, leaning, and obstructive trees, as well as, tree and underbrush clearance. Of course, these services are not free, but they may be covered by your homeowner's insurance!
If your town just recently experienced a storm that left you with a toppled tree in your yard, you are probably asking yourself how much a tree service company will charge to get rid of it. Continue reading to learn the average costs of having a fallen tree professionally removed.
Tree Removal Prices
The price for tree removal is dependent on various factors, including the company, the size of a tree, the condition of a tree, location of a tree, degree of risk, surrounding environmental factors, and more. It is best to simply contact a local tree care company and request an estimate for fallen tree removal. They will ask you a series of questions to help gauge an average price over the phone. Then they will come out in person to assess the tree's situation and provide a final estimate. As for average costs, tree removal prices can be as low as $100 and as high as $1000 or more. Refer to the guide below for average tree removal cost estimations.
25 to 30 Feet = $100 - $400
30 to 75 Feet = $400 - $1000
75+ Feet = $1000+
Additional Costs to Consider
Aside from tree removal, there are some additional costs to be aware of. Some companies charge extra (up to 50% more) if trees are obstructing or located over utility lines, power lines, roads, buildings, and more. If you wish to have the stump removed as well, you will most likely face additional charges for stump removal service. This ranges anywhere between $100 and $500, depending on the size of the stump and the extent of the underground root system. And it is common for tree care companies to charge an additional fee of $50 to $75 for haul-away service. It is important to ask if hauling service is included in the estimate given to you.
A Closer Look At Arborists
Prepare for sticker shock with tree removal, because it's often costlier than homeowners imagine. Why such a high price? It's pretty simple: Trees are difficult and dangerous to take down, and costly to remove from the property. Unless it's diseased or damaged beyond repair, many trees can be trimmed or cut down (without stump removal) if saving money is the most important factor.
Disease and damage can mean you have no option but to remove a tree. However, even a healthy specimen can stop you from enjoying sunlight, encourage mold growth on your home's siding (or even inside), and can be dangerous if it hangs over the roof. Trees were often planted close to a home because the planters didn't know how big they would become, or that the houses would be there for so many years.
If removal is on your mind, remember that there's a big difference between tree trimming experts and those qualified to remove a tree. You need the latter for safe, fast removal.
A professional can give you an actual price quote after assessing the size of the tree, its health and numerous other factors, like how easy it will be to access your property. However, height plays a big role. Obviously it's going to be much easier to remove a 20-foot younger tree compared to a 60-foot older one. A price per foot is common, along with contingencies for special cases. Keep in mind that the price per foot may not necessarily be incremental. For example, the price per foot for a 10-foot tree might be X dollars per foot, while the price per foot for a 100-foot tree might be Y dollars per foot.
Tree removal experts may also charge a premium if the tree is near power lines. Plus, dead trees inherently pose more risks than live ones - which can lead to added fees. Emergency cases, like lightning strikes, also may cost more. If a tree is still (kind of) standing after a strike, it could fall at any moment, so you may pay additional fees for this risky, immediate removal. In some cases, trimming the tree can reduce the dangers (and thus the costs), so some homeowners opt for a trimming instead of removal.
All the Trimmings
You have options when you get to the wood disposal - branch chipping/hauling, just hauling, splitting (which allows you to use the wood for your fireplace) and an added fee for removing the stump. No matter how you dispose of the tree, keep in mind that using an expert makes all the difference. Since tree removal pros need insurance and licensing, make sure to check for this before hiring, and ask for copies of insurance, licenses or certificates, making sure to depend on a company experienced in your region and type of tree(s).