Tree removal services in vary greatly in price and quality of service. Most people just hope if they get enough quotes, they will come out on top.
You could get lucky, but instead of throwing caution to the wind, I have a few basic tips that can save 43% (avg.) or more on tree removal.
Do you really need a certified arborist, or will a gardener do?
In some cases you are just wasting your money hiring a certified arborist or tree surgeon in .
The difference in skill set between a qualified arborist and a regular gardener is huge, but if you tree is smaller than 15 feet (a single story house), then you are best going for a gardener.
Why? Because they will charge you about 50% less than an arborist in will charge.
The reason for this is that business owners of professional tree care services are qualified arborists with a crew of 4 + labours, $100k + in equipment and pay huge sums of money each year just for insurance. Because of their large overheads they need to charge more to cover running costs.
PRO TIP # 1: Get in a gardener for tree removals in that are smaller than 15ft. If it’s any larger though, you will need to get a professional tree services as larger trees require a different skill set and more can go wrong.
If an amateur were to damage your property in the process of remove and they were not insured, it wold cost you a lot more in damages than you stand to save.
How to correctly search for tree services
Most people get it wrong here. When searching for any trade, all be it an electrician or a plumber, it is important to remember not to just get quotes from the first 3 companies that pop up in a search.
It is no accident you found those companies first. They are paying a lot of money to be seen first for search term “tree removal ”, whether it’s the top of search results on Google search, Yelp or Yellow pages.
Being at the top costs money, and those costs will always be passed onto the customer.
PRO TIP # 2: Get quotes from at least 2 tree businesses on the second page of search results for tree removal . That way you get a mix of companies.
The last thing you want is to be choosing between 3 or 4 expensive estimates. Either way you lose.
Give your tree service better access
Poor access to a tree can double the cost of removal, so paying attention to this before you get your first quote is going to save you a lot of money.
Let’s say for example you have 2 x trees in of the exact same size. One is in the backyard with only a narrow side gate for access and the other in the front yard.
You will find the tree in the backyard will cost roughly double to remove than the one in the front yard.
Why? Because it will take twice as long to get the tree removed, as the labours will have to manually drag the tree piece by piece out to the front yard to their truck.
PRO TIP # 3: If at all possible, allow your local tree service access through a neighbour’s yard and remove a panel of fencing. In most cases one of your 3 neighbours will have good rear access.
By removing a panel of fencing the tree experts can get heavy equipment closer to the tree to assist in removal. This will save you hundreds.
GoTreeQuotes can save you money
We are a FREE service for customers to help match you with the best priced local tree removal service in .
How does it work?
We get scores of requests in , laws-permits for tree removal and tree trimming each week.
Once we receive a quote request we then forward it onto 3 x tree services for pricing.
Once customers have estimates from all 3 local companies, we ask the customer who was best priced, and who they chose and why?
Based on these votes, we get an accurate real time picture of who is best priced.
PRO TIP # 4: Use the above blue form (top of the page) to enter your zip code and some details about your tree job. We then get the top voted local tree care companies to price your job too. There is no obligation to hire and it’s a FREE service.
Tree removal in is always a lot more expensive in the high season which is spring and summer. The reason it costs more than is companies are in high demand, so they are not really competing too much on price. Simple supply and demand economics.
The tables turn in winter. Tree care companies in have very little tree work on and have to resort to selling firewood or a second job to make ends meet. But engaging a arborist in winter, you will have 3 companies in need of work and willing to compete on price to win your job.
PRO TIP # 5: You can easily save 20% or more off your tree trimming or removal job in by hiring in winter.
Sell the timber as firewood
This is a great way to recoup some of the costs of tree removal. It works best if you have a medium - large tree that needs removal.
Lots of residents use log fires in the winter months and pay good money for dried and split fire wood to burn. There are lots of them willing to dry it and split it themselves also.
Selling timber to someone locally in will not only save your tree removal service time removing your tree (time is money so they will most likely charge you less especially if it is in the back yard with poor access), but you can make money on the waste.
PRO TIP # 6: Take of photo of the timber and place an auction on eBay starting at $1. No sit back and watch as people outbid each other trying to win your firewood. Be sure you put in the description you live in , laws-permits and the tree logs need to be picked up and removed by the winning bidder.
Do I need a permit to remove a tree in laws-permits?
The removal of trees in is regulated by the city. You will need to refer to your city or county Tree Ordinance to discover whether it is possible to remove your tree without a permit.
To do this visit our page on tree removal permit laws to get a link to the Tree Ordinance for , laws-permits.
Alternatively you can consider calling and chatting with a local tree surgeon in who will more than likely know the rules and regulations off the top of their head.
How to calculate the cost of tree removal in
We actually have a pretty handy tree removal cost calculator above that will give you a fairly accurate price on the cost of tree removal in . That being said we also have a more comprehensive guide on tree removal cost and what other factors to consider that will allow you to save.