How To Find
To find a tree removal company, you can look in the yellow pages, ask neighbors for referrals or check with local landscaping companies. You can also do a search online or visit the websites of the International Society of Arboriculture or the American Society of Consulting Arborists to access a listing of certified professionals in your area who meet their criteria. You can also try the Tree Care Industry Association and Trees are Good. With any tree removal service you’re considering, you’ll also want to make sure they are licensed and insured in case any damage occurs. The experts recommend asking for a certificate of insurance from the company’s insurance agent as well.
Time Of Year
If you have a damaged or diseased tree that is posing a danger to your house or to your yard, you’ll need to have it addressed immediately. But for more routine tree removal jobs, the best time to do the project is usually in the winter, since there is less demand for tree removal services at that time of year. As a result, you may be able to negotiate a better deal. In addition, when the ground is frozen, the tree removal process can be less likely to have a negative impact on your lawn.
Cost For Tree Removal
Tree removal costs can span a very wide range because there are so many factors involved. The type of tree, the placement, what’s nearby, the condition and the time of year can all affect the bottom line. The size of the tree can also make a big difference in what you will spend to have it removed. In addition, the level of experience, type of equipment and number of workers a company has can also impact tree removal prices. Smaller tree removal companies usually have lower operating costs and less expensive equipment, while larger companies have more overhead that needs to be factored into their costs. However, larger companies can also be more efficient, so if the rate is based on the hours worked, the cost of the tree removal job could be less.
Keeping all of these variables in mind, there are some general ranges that can give you an idea of what to expect.
- On the low end, small trees (under 30 feet) that have no complicating factors can be removed for about $300 or less.
- The tree removal cost for an average size tree (in the 30 to 90 foot range) can cost between $400 and $1,000.
- Very tall trees, which can span up to 100 feet high, as well as very thick trees and those near electrical wires or other obstacles can cost between $1,000 and $2,000 and up for their removal.
So the basic cost for tree removal can range from $300 to $2,000, depending on the logistics.
In addition to the price to remove your tree, some companies will also charge you for extra work that’s commonly involved in the process. Therefore, you should always get a quote in writing before you commit to hire anyway, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. The two big extras include:
- Stump grinding: $100 to $300
- Hauling away the wood: $250 to $500, depending on the size and amount of work entailed in the job
While sometimes tree removal costs simply can’t be avoided, the best way to protect yourself and your property is to prune your trees and invest in their maintenance on a regular basis. This will help to minimize disease and pest infestations and can help keep the trunks strong to help prevent damage caused by inclement weather. In fact, studies have shown that by investing the necessary funds to care for your trees, you can often circumvent needing to pay for more expensive tree removals. Better yet, having a well-kept yard will also have a positive impact on your property value, too.
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2011