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Old 09-21-2017, 11:23 AM
 
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As mentioned get 3 to 4 prices. For apples to apples be sure to have the exact same scope of work with each proposal.

When you do hire someone be sure to discuss access and removal from the work area. Big equipment, loaded trucks can cause damage. Ask how they will protect your driveway and yard during the removal. Also if you have the stump ground, be sure to specifically include removal of all chipped debris with the price.
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:59 AM
 
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As mentioned get 3 to 4 prices. For apples to apples be sure to have the exact same scope of work with each proposal.

When you do hire someone be sure to discuss access and removal from the work area. Big equipment, loaded trucks can cause damage. Ask how they will protect your driveway and yard during the removal. Also if you have the stump ground, be sure to specifically include removal of all chipped debris with the price.
All great points. The price will depend greatly on whether you need a crane for the job.
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Old 09-21-2017, 01:38 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Thanks for all these additional replies. Busy today and just now looking here again.

Catamounts, I'm in Arlington. Haven't seen too many door-to-door guys here, but generally I don't answer the door unless I'm expecting someone. Not paranoid but generally just hate being bothered by solicitors.

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I hired a guy several years back based on the recommendation of a friend. He said the guy was in jail for a bit and was trying to reestablish his business. I had him prove he had insurance-he did-and his prices were the most reasonable ever and they actually did a very good job. His climber was incredible. Then one day my son saw the guy leaving a Shell station near our house in a hurry. Turns out he just robbed the place and went back to jail. What a shame as he was good and reasonable. We had some giant Oak trees that needed to be removed later and we paid somewhere in the $1000.00 range but can't recall exactly.
Wow, if he gets paroled, let me know! Haha. If you'd paid that amount to remove even one oak tree, it sounds like a super bargain.

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I have used SavATree several times in the last 2 years. Tree removal and pruning. They also gave me some advice and fertilized the big trees. I am not sure if they are reasonable but the prices and service were OK with me. I got their name from my neighbors who use them.
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As mentioned get 3 to 4 prices. For apples to apples be sure to have the exact same scope of work with each proposal.

When you do hire someone be sure to discuss access and removal from the work area. Big equipment, loaded trucks can cause damage. Ask how they will protect your driveway and yard during the removal. Also if you have the stump ground, be sure to specifically include removal of all chipped debris with the price.
Good advice. I've been doing that with the couple I've talked to so far. Fortunately, are backyard is in dire need of re-sodding, and the driveway is already old and cracked. But I'll ask about protecting it if I get a couple of quotes that are within a few hundred bucks of each other.

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I’ve had luck with the “drive around the neighborhood” types. If the tree is visible from the road, I wouldn’t doubt that you’ll get someone soon.
I had them take down a Maple (around 70 years old) for $1200 after Bartlett told me it was a goner.
The pricing info is helpful; this tree is about that age--maybe a couple decades older. Probably 80-100 feet tall. Not visible from the road unless you really know where to look.
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Old 09-21-2017, 01:48 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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While I'm replying, let me recommend for future would-be tree-removers that they first get a consulting arborist to take a look. You can find them on this website: American Society of Consulting Arborists

I used Jeremy Edwards (sole proprietor of Urban Tree LLC), who was fantastic. Very thorough in his explanations, prompt, communicative--with great suggestions for future plantings. Charged me $150 for the hour. He is or was the tree consultant for the city of Falls Church.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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While I'm replying, let me recommend for future would-be tree-removers that they first get a consulting arborist to take a look. You can find them on this website: American Society of Consulting Arborists

I used Jeremy Edwards (sole proprietor of Urban Tree LLC), who was fantastic. Very thorough in his explanations, prompt, communicative--with great suggestions for future plantings. Charged me $150 for the hour. He is or was the tree consultant for the city of Falls Church.
hourly pay of 150 dollars is then equivalent to an average annual income of $300,000 per year.
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Old 09-24-2017, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Actually, it's $624,000/Yr. (nice work if you can get it!)
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:26 PM
 
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Actually, it's $624,000/Yr. (nice work if you can get it!)
How do you figure that? The $150 has to cover operating expenses so it's not equivalent to salary, let alone salary plus benefits. And if it were equivalent to salary, at an average 2000 working hours per year, and assuming that the recipient were paid for every single working hour--highly unlikely--that would be $300000. For example an arborist would have to spend a lot of time driving from 1 hour job to another 1 hour job to another, etc. In actuality, s/he probably clears the equivalent of about $125k per year.

We pay our plumber a lot more than that. We often get a bill above $150 when he's here for a half hour or less.
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:22 AM
 
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How do you figure that? The $150 has to cover operating expenses so it's not equivalent to salary, let alone salary plus benefits. And if it were equivalent to salary, at an average 2000 working hours per year, and assuming that the recipient were paid for every single working hour--highly unlikely--that would be $300000. For example an arborist would have to spend a lot of time driving from 1 hour job to another 1 hour job to another, etc. In actuality, s/he probably clears the equivalent of about $125k per year.

We pay our plumber a lot more than that. We often get a bill above $150 when he's here for a half hour or less.
At that price I would shop around for another plumber.
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Old 09-25-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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How do you figure that? The $150 has to cover operating expenses so it's not equivalent to salary, let alone salary plus benefits. And if it were equivalent to salary, at an average 2000 working hours per year, and assuming that the recipient were paid for every single working hour--highly unlikely--that would be $300000. For example an arborist would have to spend a lot of time driving from 1 hour job to another 1 hour job to another, etc. In actuality, s/he probably clears the equivalent of about $125k per year.

We pay our plumber a lot more than that. We often get a bill above $150 when he's here for a half hour or less.
I mistakenly miscalculated (I have long nails and think I hit an extra number) - Working hours/year is calculated @ 2080 hrs. x hourly wage - $312,000 is correct.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:19 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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Bartlett Tree Experts. They're certainly properly insured as they have locations coast to coast. They saved 10 Leylands that screen our house to our neighbors a few years ago (they're now 15 years old) when the former owner of my home accidently hosed everything down with RoundUp (he was an idiot). My neighbor paid to save them himself. He brought in Bartlett, and everything they worked on, is alive and well today. Everything they didn't, died (some 15 others, all the shrubs, flowers, etc.)


they've got an office in springfield. Google it and you should find them.
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