Factors that affect the cost of tree removal services

11 November 2018
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If you have an unhealthy or dangerous tree in your premises, you may be looking for a tree removal service to prune or uproot the tree. The cost of tree removal is determined by many different factors. Simply cutting down a few branches will cost less than bringing down the entire tree. In addition, the type of tree that needs to be worked on will also affect how much you're likely to pay.

It helps to know how much you're likely to spend on tree removal if you'll need the service at a future date. Here are the most common factors that will determine how much you'll spend to have a tree removed.

1. The nature of the tree

When you consult a tree pruning and removal service, they will begin by inquiring what type of tree you have, how tall the tree is and how accessible it is for removal. Tall, slim trees may cost less to remove than trees with bulky, wide branches.

In addition, larger trees with bulky branches may need to be cut in specific sections because of safety requirements. This lengthy process may cost more than smaller trees that can be felled using a more straightforward process.

Accessibility is also an important cost factor. If the tree is wrapped around your home or near power lines, tree surgeons will need to cut it down using more advanced techniques than for trees out in the open.

2. How the tree removal service charges

The pricing model that a tree removal service uses will also determine your overall cost. Some tree surgeons charge by height (a fixed amount per metre of tree length), others charge by time (by the hour), while others charge a fixed price for the overall body of work.

If your tree surgeon charges by height, you may incur higher costs for tall trees. Softwood trees such as cedar, pine and fir grow in a slim, straight manner (they're often tall with narrow branches extending from the trunk). Such trees may cost more to remove if the tree surgeon charges by height.

On the other hand, if they charge by the hour, tall and slim trees will take less time (and thus cost less) to remove than shorter, bulkier hardwoods. Consider the type of tree you have and the pricing model being used.

3. Do you need additional services?

In most cases, tree removal services don't stop when the tree is felled or trimmed. You'll also need to haul away the dead tree, branches and other components from your property. If you live far away from the tree surgeon's location, you may incur higher transportation costs for this service. Other services such as stump grinding will also add to your total cost.