Factors That Affect The Cost Of Removing Trees

Trees can add beauty to a landscape, besides providing shade. However, sometimes it's necessary to have them removed. For example, you don't want to keep dying or dead trees or trees that are safety hazards. Many tree removal jobs should only be done by qualified professionals. A main concern that homeowners have is how much money it will cost to remove their trees. If you need to get rid of trees, here are some basic factors that can influence the cost.

Tree Height

Tree removal services mostly base their fees on tree height. Various tree species differ in height. In most cases, it's a fixed fee per foot.

  • Trees shorter than 30 feet tall, such as dogwoods and hawthorns, are the cheapest ones to remove.
  • Mid-sized trees are somewhat more expensive to remove. These trees are about 30 to 60 feet tall and include those such as black gums and crabapples. 
  • Removing tall trees, which are 60 to 80 feet tall, entail even more money. Red oaks, white oaks and many pine species fall into this category.
  • The tallest trees can grow from 80 to almost 100 feet tall. Of course, these are the most expensive to remove. Trees that are extremely tall often entail using specialized equipment to assess branches. What's more, sometimes they grow in unusual ways, making it more expensive to trim them.

Additional Services That Can Increase the Cost

  • Wood splitting—If you have a fireplace and want firewood, you may want to have your tree removal service split your logs.
  • Stump removal—This cost is usually a certain dollar amount for each inch of a stump's diameter.
  • Tree hauling—This additional service can entail more cost.  However, instead of paying for tree hauling, why not have your wood placed in front of your property and then advertise your logs as free firewood.

Considerations and Warnings

  • A tree trunk's diameter or width significantly affects cost. Tree trunk width is particularly more expensive if you need to grind a stump. Consider that it could cost more to grind a slim, tall tree than it would to remove a tree with a thick trunk.
  • Removing strong, healthy trees generally cost more than removing dying, rotting or dead trees. This is because removing dying trees is easier, resulting in a cheaper price. On the other hand, sometimes companies add an extra fee if a dead tree is hazardous.
  • Tree removal services that give considerably lower estimates may be lacking in the proper the insurance coverage they need. Even worse, they may not be licensed.
  • Trees near dangerous conditions, such as close to power lines, can entail more money.
  • You'll probably have to pay more if the trees that need to be removed are on a slope, since it may be hard to access them.
  • Extended travel time can also jack up the price because of the gas and additional time needed to drive to a customer's residence. Therefore, keep this in mind in you live in a secluded area.

Never attempt to remove trees that are too difficult. If you have any doubt that you may not be able to do the job yourself, call a company such as Pete & Ron's Tree Service.