Is Tree Removal Expensive?
Updated: Sep 8, 2021
Do you have a dead or dying tree on your property? Is it in danger of falling into your yard, or worse, onto your home or car?
When this is the case, securing tree removal services is imperative.
Perhaps you have a tree that is not in danger of falling over but has become a nuisance. This could be due to foliage or debris cluttering your landscape or even blocking your view.
If you require a tree removal company, you are probably wondering, as a homeowner, how much it will cost to have your tree removed. And, what are the factors that make up the cost of the tree removal fee?
Estimating Tree Removal Costs
Tree work can be expensive. Though it may appear to be a simple task—cut the tree down and remove it—tree removal is actually a massive undertaking for a professional tree company.
The cost of your tree project is based on:
Your property type
The tree itself
The condition the tree is in
Once you have hired qualified tree specialists, they will inspect all of these to give you a quote for the project.
1. The Difficulty and Hazard Level
Tree removal specialists deal with dangerous and unpredictable circumstances all the time. They must often climb or manage trees that are compromised due to insect infestation, rot, or weather conditions.
When a tree is removed from your property, the standard practice is to cut the tree in segments so that a big trunk does not come crashing to the ground. This ensures the safety of your property and the nearby personnel.
Because of the complexity of the project, only qualified and trained tree specialists should handle this task. A tree specialist understands the technique and can estimate where the tree will land once segmented. A tree company will also have the necessary equipment to complete the task safely and efficiently.
Additional equipment may be required depending on the tree’s size, like a crane or aerial lifts. Your project may even require the use of traffic control workers or special permits that allow the work to take place.
Specialty equipment, permits, and additional employees cost money. Part of that cost will be passed onto you as required for your job.
2. Size of the Tree
You have probably guessed that the size of your tree will have the most significant impact in deciding the cost of professional tree removal.
The following is just a guideline but gives you an idea:
A smaller tree (under ten feet) will be around $200
Ten feet tall tree or under can run from about $500-$1000 to remove.
Twenty-five feet to seventy-five feet can run $1500 and up
As the height of the tree increases, so does the cost to remove it. The circumference also has an impact on the cost. This is because, with the increase in size, the removal process is riskier for the professional. The removal price includes the cost of the preparation, time, labor, and risk factor involved in cutting down the tree and removing it from your property.
3. The Tree’s Condition
A dead tree that has fallen is easier to remove than a standing, live tree. The cost of tree removal for your dead and fallen tree will be nominal. However, it is labor-intensive to cut through a live tree and safely bring the pieces to the ground for removal. Therefore, the removal of your tree will be priced according to these factors.
Finally, if your tree remains upright but is dead, rotted, or has a disease, it is easier to cut through, and the price will be lower than that of a healthy, live tree.
If you are unsure what state your tree is in, call a tree removal professional for an assessment. This will provide you with an accurate estimate of what steps need to be taken next.
The species of tree that needs to be removed will also factor into the cost. This is because different varieties of trees have unique aspects that might make it harder for removal.
The cost of removing a deciduous tree, of which there are many in New Jersey, will be higher than cutting down an evergreen. This is because deciduous trees consist of hardwood, and evergreen tree wood is not as hard.
Your tree species, strength, circumference, and height might require additional effort. For example, deciduous trees like oaks, maples, and other hardwoods are difficult to take down.
This doesn’t mean that all deciduous trees are harder to remove and therefore always more expensive. Evergreen trees may have softer wood, but evergreen trees can grow taller than deciduous trees, increasing the cost of labor.
If your tree is strong or big enough to need heavy-duty equipment, that will add to the cost.
There is a lot that goes into removing a tree simply by species, but a tree removal specialist will be able to give you a proper estimate.
Professional Tree Removal
When deciding on a tree removal company, it is a good idea to find one with a lot of experience and up-to-date credentials.
Ask for company accreditation, licensing, or certifications. You want the tree to be removed safely, without harming your family, property, or anyone involved in the removal.
If your tree is removed wholly and correctly, there should only be small yard work left for you to do. Paying a professional company to complete the task means investing in your property and getting value in return for your money.
A professional can assess your property and the job at hand to let you know the least invasive and most effective way to remove your tree. Larick's Complete Tree Services can provide tree removal and any other tree or shrub work you might need to be completed. Contact us today.