If you’re currently a homeowner, you’ve probably debated about removing that tree that blocks your home from the outside world. Naturally, when you come to the decision to actually remove the tree you arrive at a crossroads. You can either choose to hire professional help to get rid of the thing, or you can do it yourself. There are some obvious advantages and disadvantages to each of these options.
If you choose to go at it alone, you risk underestimating the amount of work involved. For instance, you may misjudge just how deeply the roots have penetrated the ground. This can be problematic, as a project that was initially intended to last a week of may extend it into a month-long endeavor, or even longer. This can obviously send trouble your way, as you don’t want your wife nagging at you for not getting the job done, and you certainly don’t want your neighbors complaining to the homeowners association that there’s a stagnant pile of dirt sitting on the front of your lawn. Other issues come to mind as well. What if while you’re digging, you accidentally hit a pipe near one of the tree’s roots, causing a leak? This could mean more expense out of your pocket, and piping work is never inexpensive. Now, you can always recruit the help of some more knowledgeable friends but there’s still an inherent risk that you may cause some damage to your home. This risk doesn’t really exist when you contract with a professional to remover. Most legitimate tree removal companies are covered by liability insurance, which means in the case that they do some damage to your property, or one of their workers gets injured on the job site, you will nor be held responsible. If on the other hand you were to ask a friend over to help you with the project, and he/she gets injured, you can be held legally responsible. In the overall scheme of things, it makes sense to take the professional route.
The typical tree removal cost is a little over $100 but typically less than $500. There are several factors that can determine what a tree removal project will cost. First is the actual size of the tree. As the height of the tree increases, the price will go up as well. There are several reasons for this. A taller tree will require more specialized equipment to actually get it down (like a crane). And then there’s the issue of disposal fees. A taller tree means more waste that has to be disposed of. If you’re dealing with a tree that is over 100 feet in height, you can expect a reasonable company to charge you over $1000 as the tree removal cost. Now, there are some things you should know before hiring a professional to do the job. One of these things is that the price does not reflect what most of us would consider a “complete removal. What you will get for the prices we quoted above is typically a tree cut down to the stump.
Root removal requires an additional cost as it can be tedious and complicated. Before you embark on such a project, you may want to explore the legal dimensions involved. For instance, the specific tree you hope to cut down may be protected by law. Certain cities restrict the removal of particular trees. You may even have to get a permit for the removal. All this information can easily overwhelm somebody at first, but if you do you do research and keep from rushing to start on the project, you can successfully remove that pesky tree which has been aggravating you for some time and enjoy your new outdoor landscape. Tree removal costs are well worth the benefits of a professional job.