How much does tree removal cost?
The price of tree removal is typically based on height, but check with a professional to get an exact quote. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Audra C. of Oak Hill, Va.)
Trees that prevent your house from getting adequate sunlight can cause mold growth on your siding and even inside your home. Limbs growing too close to house or hanging over your roof may fall during a severe storm and cause extensive amount of damage. These are exactly the type of situations that require the help of a professional tree-removal specialist.
Even if you decide to hire a company to remove trees for purely aesthetic purposes, it's still important to do your homework and compare prices. Consider these factors when determining the cost of removing a tree and whether it fits your current budget:
Height of the tree: Most companies charge based on the height of the tree, usually with a set fee per foot. The fee may vary based on the height of the tree. For instance, smaller trees that are only about 20 feet will be less per foot than, say, a 90-foot tree. Let's say you have an 80-foot tree and the price per foot is $15. You will pay $1,200. But a 20-foot tree may only be $9 per foot and cost you $180.
Removing the stump: When you ask for estimates, let the tree service know if you want the stump removed. Stump grinding, the process used to remove the stump, typically costs an additional fee.
Nearby Hazards: If your tree is located close to power lines or other dangers, the price is usually higher. Dead trees are more hazardous than live ones. As such, many companies will charge you an additional fee for hazardous tree removal.
Emergencies: If your tree has been struck by lightning during a storm and is ready to fall, you should expect to pay more because the company will need to complete the job quickly. If the company is working during the remnants a storm, there's more risk of injury to the workers. You should look into having the hazardous trees and ones near your home removed before it turns into an emergency situation.
Licensure and insurance: Companies pay a high price to maintain the correct licensure and insurance that covers both worker's compensation and liability. You get what you pay for when searching someone in this field. If the price is unusually low, the company may not have adequate insurance or possess a license, which is illegal.
Any tree service company can't easily give you an estimate over the phone without looking at the tree. But you can estimate the general cost beforehand to avoid any potential surprises.