The untrained person should never attempt to remove a tree on their own. When a tree falls, where it is going to land can be unpredictable and without the proper training, you can hurt yourself, other people, or cause damage to items that are nearby.
When choosing a tree removal service, a top priority should be finding a service that is certified. Asking to see proof of certification will help protect you from being lied to. Most tree removal services will be certified by the Tree Care Industry Association. Comparing prices is also recommended to ensure that you find the best price.
Inquire with each company to find out if they follow ANSI A300 Standards. If they do, you can be assured that they are taking precautions that will not cause permanent damage to the tree. This will be important if you are not having the whole tree removed but are choosing to have problematic branches removed.
Insurance is important so you will want to ensure that the company carries their own insurance. This should include workers compensation, personal liability, and property damage. If the removal company does not carry insurance and something happens to the property or a person, you will be held accountable.
Determining the cost of tree removal includes a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the size of the tree, location, overhead utility lines, and so on. If a tree is located near a home or a shed or garage, it will cost significantly more to remove it then it would if the tree was located in the middle of a wide open area.
A small tree may cost $120 to $450 to remove, while a large tree of 80 or more feet tall could range in price from $950 to $1400. If the property owner also wants the stump removed, there will be an additional fee for that. Some removal services will subcontract that piece of the work to another company. Depending on the size of the stump, it may cost from $60 to $500.
Tree removal is one of the most dangerous professions. Although it can be costly, it is better to leave it to the professionals that have the proper equipment and knowledge to remove the tree as safely and efficiently as possible. When selecting a company be sure that you do your research and select the one that will best meet your needs and price range.