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Tree Service: Cost Factors

The cost of professional tree service will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor.

This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Increase cost

Ask Yourself:

How many trees require attention?

$ - When one tree needs to be trimmed or removed.

$$ - When more than one tree needs to be removed or trimmed. (Companies will typically offer a discount for each additional tree.)

Do I live in a remote area?

$ - When the tree service company is located close to your home.

$$ - When the tree service company must travel distance to reach your home.

What type of service is required?

$ - When trees and shrubs are trimmed and/or pruned.

$$ - When trees are treated for disease.

$$ - When trees and/or stumps are removed.

If trees are removed, do the stumps need to be ground or removed?

$ - When the trees are cut close to the ground, but the stump and roots remain in place.

$$ - When the stump is ground or removed. (This will leave a hole that pay need to be filled with dirt and covered with sod or grass seed.)

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If trees are treated for disease, will any return maintenance visits be required?

$ - When trees can be sprayed or treated once.

$$ - When the treatment requires several maintenance visits.

How tall are the trees?

$ - When trees are less than 20 feet tall.

$$ - When trees are 20-50 feet tall.

$$$ - When trees are over 50 feet tall.

Does the height and/or location of the trees require the use of additional safety equipment?

$0 – When no additional safety equipment is required.

$$ - When additional safety equipment is needed (This may included the rental of a crane).

Are the trees located in an easy to access area?

$ - When the trees are easy to access (no obstacles).

$$ - When a wall or fence makes the area difficult to access.

$$ - When the presence of utility lines (gas, electric, etc.) makes the area difficult to access.

Does the debris need to be hauled away?

$0 - When tree branches are left on the property as-is.

$$ - When branches are processed through a wood chipper.

$$ - When logs are split to make firewood.

$$$ - When the debris is hauled away.

Does a certified arborist need to be consulted?

$ - When no consultation with an arborist is needed.

$$ - When an arborist must be consulted before the tree can be removed.

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Is this service an emergency?

$ - When the tree services are scheduled with due notice.

$$ - When the trees need to trimmed or removed without notice on an emergency basis. It can cost more to remove a damaged tree rather than a standing tree. (Trees may fall down during a hurricane, tornado, or severe storm.)

Questions to Ask the Pro:

1. How long do you expect the tree trimming or removal process to take?

2. Are you and your crew fully licensed, bonded, and insured?

3. Are any permits required to complete this service?

4. If so, are the permits included in the estimate I received?

5. Is cleanup (or haul away) included in the cost estimate?

6. Do you offer a warranty on the services provided?

7. What type of machinery will be used?

8. How often should the trees be pruned or trimmed?

9. Does an arborist need to oversee the removal of this tree?

10. What is the best time of year for tree maintenance?


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