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Old 11-19-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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Just wanted to see what the going rates for tree service in the area is, more so with storm damaged tree removal. Post your estimates or what you paid to cut down or remove fallen trees and a description of the work. I have a large pine tree and a large crotched hardwood tree that fell on my property and am trying to determine what is a fair price to remove them.

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Old 11-19-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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A few months ago, I paid $250 to have both a medium-size White Birch tree and a small Red Anjou Pear tree removed. The work included cutting the trees down, grinding the stumps, and hauling the wood away.

That being said, I am still waiting for that same tree surgeon to cut down and remove a flowering plum tree that fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. Based on his previous rates, I hope to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $125 for this work, but the sad reality is that roofers, tree surgeons, siding companies, and others who do post-storm repair work are jacking-up their fees to at least some extent.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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A few months ago, I paid $250 to have both a medium-size White Birch tree and a small Red Anjou Pear tree removed. The work included cutting the trees down, grinding the stumps, and hauling the wood away.

That being said, I am still waiting for that same tree surgeon to cut down and remove a flowering plum tree that fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. Based on his previous rates, I hope to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $125 for this work, but the sad reality is that roofers, tree surgeons, siding companies, and others who do post-storm repair work are jacking-up their fees to at least some extent.

that seems pretty cheap
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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It's going to depend on the type of tree and the size, and if the wood is suitable to sell as firewood.

If the trees are already down, get a chainsaw and do the cutting yourself. If you aren't able, maybe a relative is? You should be able to get someone to take the hardwood away for free for their fireplace. Keep the piles separate. That way you'll just have to get the pine hauled off which shouldn't be outrageous.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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that seems pretty cheap
That seems extremely cheap.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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That seems extremely cheap.
Probably because birch and pear can be sold for firewood.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Probably because birch and pear can be sold for firewood.
I've had A LOT of trees cut down and no one ever wanted to haul the wood away to sell as firewood. In fact, wood removal can sometimes cost extra.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:59 AM
 
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That seems extremely cheap.
That is very cheap. Are the trees 2" in diameter? I haven't had a tree cost me less than $500.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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I have a guy that will do it for $200 a tree assuming they aren't huge. And that does not include stump grinding. And I know this guy is cheap.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:09 AM
 
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My husband cut up about 10 trees for friends after Sandy. He won't climb to do it, if they aren't on the ground or close to it, or in an area where there's no possible way that they'll hit a structure when they come down, he won't touch them. Several of them were hardwoods and the homeowners found people who wanted the firewood to haul the wood away for free.

The homeowners will have to get the stumps ground, but that can wait until the hubbub is over and tree companies bring their prices back to normal next summer.
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