Tree Removal Cost - Don't get Ripped Off!
Not only does money not grow on trees, but they can also cost a lot of money if they need to be removed by a professional.
However, the risk of not removing a problematic tree may be substantial. If it comes down on its own or with the assistance of a hurricane, it can end up costing you more than removing it proactively.
When it comes to the cost of tree removal, there are many variables, risks, and complex factors to consider, and if you’re having trouble seeing the forest for the trees, we’ve compiled a list of the most important points to help you understand your choices.
What would it cost to cut down a tree?
According to GoTreeQuotes, a service that lists local arborists, the national average cost of cutting a tree in Australia in 2019 is currently around $871. It does, however, state that prices for individual workers will range from $350 to $4,500, depending on the circumstances.
The position of the tree on your farm, according to Eddie Jenner, an arborist at Australian Tree Specialists, is a key factor in deciding the cost of removing it.
“If the tree is growing over something like a shed or the back of the building, or if it’s close to service lines, all of that adds to the cost because it takes longer to come down,” he said.
“It just boils down to time, because removing a tree in the front yard, for example, will take less time because there will be less dragging. In general, the closest the vehicle and equipment can get to the tree, the less expensive the job.”
Mr Jenner said that in his experience, removing a 25-foot (7.6 metre) tree with a one-foot (30 centimetre) diameter at the base costs between $750 and $1,000, but that the cost could be higher in some metropolitan areas. He claims that homeowners who remove several trees will save money on tree removal costs per tree.
Tree Chopping For Big Bucks
He did warn, however, of the dangers of some other cost-cutting steps, such as getting a head start on the job yourself to save the arborist’s time. Removing lower branches first will make it more difficult for professionals to work higher up the tree, for example.
Other factors that may influence the cost of removing a tree, according to GoTreeQuotes, include:
Species of trees: Trees with a lot of big leaves, such as gum trees, can cost more.
Tree weight: Removing heavier timbers is more labor intensive and therefore more expensive.
Accessibility: In general, the easier it is for an arborist or other specialist to reach the tree, the quicker it can be removed.
There are many dangers involved: You can face a higher bill if the tree is structurally unsound or close to power lines.
The service provider you select: A gardening company might be able to help you with the task, depending on the tree and the complexity. Larger jobs can necessitate the hiring of a skilled tree-feller. For even more complicated situations, you may need to seek the advice of an arborist. It’s possible that the prices of each service provider would vary.
Tree Removal Using Finance
The cost of the job will influence how it is financed. There are a number of choices to consider, including:
Personal loan: Depending on your personal circumstances and the job’s expense, you might be able to finance the project with a personal loan. This may be either a secured or unsecured loan. It’s worth noting, however, that personal loan interest rates are typically higher than home loan interest rates, and it’s a good idea to read the lender’s terms and conditions first.
Visa or MasterCard: Depending on the expense and the ability to repay the loan quickly, you might be able to pay for the job with a credit card. There may be some other advantages, such as additional insurance coverage in some cases (read the card’s Product Disclosure Statement for the terms and conditions of the coverage). Keep in mind that credit card interest rates are usually much higher than those on home or personal loans, and interest on large balances will easily accumulate, so carefully weigh your options. If you don’t think you’ll be able to pay off your credit card balance in full each month, you should reconsider whether a credit card is right for you.
What does it cost to get rid of a tree?
What does a wood chuck set you back? The good news is that the cost of removing a tree normally includes the cost of removing it, so make sure to explain this with whoever is cutting down the tree up front. Otherwise, you’ll have to factor in the cost of shipping the tree, as well as any waste disposal fees imposed by your local government.
If you have room to store the wood while it dries out, another option is to hold some or all of it and use it as fuel for your firepit or fireplace, if you have one.
Depending on how the tree fell, you may want to review your home insurance policy to see if you’re covered. Some regulations which provide coverage for the removal of “debris” caused by storms or other covered events. However, if a tree falls on your land but does no harm, the insurer is unlikely to cover the cost of removing it, just as they are unlikely to cover the cost of removing a tree that has been cut down.
What About Tree Stump Removal?
Because of the lower degree of complexity and possible danger involved in removing a tree stump, it is often less expensive than removing the entire tree. Mr Jenner predicts that the average cost will be about $150, although this will vary depending on the circumstances.
DIY, Can I Remove A Tree Myself?
Depending on the size and location of the tree, you might be able to cut it with the help of a manual saw or chainsaw, as well as the necessary safety equipment such as gloves and eye protection.
However, there are some dangers of doing your own tree removal. Chainsaws, for example, are “potentially dangerous” and “can cause fatal or significant injuries, particularly if used by untrained workers,” according to Safe Work Australia. Even if you have been taught to use the appropriate equipment, there is always the risk of a branch or the main trunk of a tree falling on you. It might, for example, strike a power line or fall on someone or something on or outside of your house, such as a shed or carport.
If you have home insurance, it can cover damage to your property caused by a tree or branch that falls as a result of a storm, depending on your policy. However, if the damage was caused by a careless tree-felling work, you might not be compensated.
Do I Need A Permit To Remove A Tree In My Yard?
Tree removal laws and whether licenses are required differ from state to state and even from council to council. So, before you start some tree removal work, it’s a good idea to consult with your local council to see what the rules are in your area.
Councils will levy substantial fines on homeowners who cut down trees without a permit in some cases. In a well-publicized case in 2018, a Sydney woman was fined $83,000 for cutting down two native trees on her neighbor’s land without council permission.
According to Queensland-based tree removalists JC Tree Services, below are some of the factors that might decide whether or not you need a permit to remove a tree:
Tree size: You do not need a permit to cut a tree if its trunk is under a certain diameter or its height is below a certain amount.
The following are the tree species that can be found in the area: To extract a native tree, for example, you may need a permit in certain situations.
If the tree is within a certain distance of your home, you will be able to cut it down without obtaining a permit. This exemption is particularly common in areas vulnerable to bushfires.
It’s important to keep in mind, though, that you should double-check your local regulations.
Is it really necessary to cut down the tree?
If it’s possible, one of the most cost-effective ways to hold tree removal costs down is to leave the tree alone. In certain cases, merely tidying up some of a tree’s branches – a procedure known as tree lopping – will make it less likely to make a mess or block views.
Before committing to cutting a tree entirely, Mr Jenner recommends consulting an expert.
“By proposing corrective pruning instead of cutting magnificent big old maple trees, I’ve talked people out of removing them,” he said.
“By reducing the canopy of the tree, we will reduce the mess it makes and move it away from the roof line, making it less of a threat to the house.”
Consider the effect of chopping down a tree on any animals that may be using it as a home.
After all, though cutting down and removing a mature tree can only take a few hours, growing a new one can take years, if not decades.