Tree Removal Cost Guide for the Novice

    The cost to have a tree removed varies widely, but the typical cost to remove one tree ranges from $150 to $1,500. The average price to take down a tree is $1,244. The great disparity in prices is due to a number of factors. Here’s a quick look at some of the things that factor into the price your professional tree removal service in Athens will charge.


    Size Matters

    It costs more to remove a large tree than a small one. Many tree companies have a set cost per foot of height. So if the company charges $15 per foot, and you have a 60-foot tree, it will cost you $900 to have it removed. There may be additional fees based on other factors and not all tree companies charge based solely on tree size.


    Labor

    Many tree companies charge based on the amount of time it takes to accomplish the job. Taking down the tree itself is only part of the service most companies offer. Hauling and stump grinding require more time, and therefore more labor costs.


    Hazards

    If a tree you want to remove is close to power lines, your house, or other structures that your tree professional may have to work around, there may be additional fees or costs. Tree removal and trimming can be dangerous work. Though professionals will have the correct tools to do the job as safely as possible, the risky nature of the job may be figured into the price quote.


    Stump Removal

    If you want the tree completely gone, you’ll be charged extra to have the stump removed rather than to just lop off the largest part of the tree. Grinding a stump is the fastest way to remove one fully, so this is the process professionals use. They use a grinder to burrow into the stump, breaking it into small chips that are eventually absorbed. It does not remove the root ball. There are DIY ways to remove stumps, but these typically involve chemicals and attempting to burn the root.


    Emergency Removal

    Calling a tree service to have a tree removed in an emergency situation will cost more than scheduling a tree removal in advance. The cost may also be higher if you're looking for a tree removal service following a storm or when there is high demand. If you have trees near your home, you should consider having them removed before an emergency situation occurs.


    Clean Up

    Part of the labor costs will include the time it takes a tree removal crew to clean up. They may charge additional fees for chipping and hauling it away. You may be able to negotiate a lower price for the removal service if you’re willing to do the cleanup, which can be a time consuming process.


    The best way to get a great price for tree removal in Athens is to get several bids from reputable companies. Be sure to ask what services are included in the bid, like stump grinding, and remember that you may be able to get a better price by performing some parts of the job, like the cleanup, yourself, but a professional service is the best way to fell a tree quickly and safely.