Tree removal cost really depends on the tree. In order to get an accurate estimate, a tree removal company needs to see the tree in person to measure the size, diameter, location and condition to determine the cost. A simple rule of thumb: the larger the tree, the more it will cost.
Factors That Go into Tree Removal Cost:
- Location: The biggest factor that affects tree removal cost is location. If the tree is easily accessible the cost will be different than if the tree is pinched between multiple buildings and overhanging a glass house. Think about it. A single limb can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. If that were to drop, it could make a serious dent in your yard or cause significant damage to your home. An experienced tree removal company creates a detailed plan to make sure that doesn’t happen.
- Size of the tree: As you guessed, larger trees cost more to remove. There’s simply more to do!
- Equipment needed: Tree removal will cost less if standard equipment can be used. If you’re removing a large tree close to your home, we may recommend using a bucket truck or crane to lower sections of the tree.
- Time and crew required: Based on the 3 above factors, we estimate how long and how many people we’ll need to do the job safely and efficiently.
Best Time for Tree Removal
The best time to remove a tree is in their dormant season, which is February or March. Although, living in south Florida it is also very important to remove trees before storm season, which would be between July and September at the latest.
Watch out for Cheap Tree Removal Costs
As with many services, a tree company can try to get new business with extremely low bids. Trustworthy tree service companies have licenses and insurance to maintain and top-notch equipment to do the job right. These all factor into rates. If you get an extremely low estimate, it could mean the company might not be insured or may be skimping on something that will prevent them from doing the job right. This could mean that in the event of an accident (e.g. the tree that they cut falls onto your house) they will not be able to pay for the damages and you will end up paying the cost.
Get Multiple Estimates
If you venture out and obtain multiple estimates, which we definitely recommend, there is a strong likelihood that those estimates will not be the same. Every tree removal company will approach a job differently, have different crews, different equipment and price their bids differently. Do your research and check reviews on the companies to know what you are getting. Make sure to also ask for license and insurance. It is tough to put a value on great service, but that is one thing we excel at!
If the Tree Removal Cost Seems Low, ask these 3 questions:
- Do you have a license and insurance?
Tree removal can be dangerous when done incorrectly. If you hire someone without the proper license or insurance, any property damage or injuries that happen could be your responsibility. Always, always ask for proof of insurance before allowing someone to climb up your tree with a chainsaw.
- Do you have any referrals I could talk to ahead of time?
If you’re skeptical of a low-ball cost, ask for referrals and check online reviews before hiring.
- How do you plan on removing this tree?
This is actually very important. Some companies will drive their truck right up to the tree, chop it down, and have the limbs dent your yard as they fall. Then, they’ll leave these huge, heavy branches sitting there for you to deal with. Make sure you understand what they plan on doing and communicate on how you would like it done to make sure everyone is on the same page. Cleanup after tree removal is very important to discuss so you are not left having to haul away the limbs to the curb yourself!
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