Overall, our price for all services comes down to our base hourly rate of $200.00 per hour. However, all removals are different, so in order to estimate the time needed to finish your job safely, we take the following factors into account :
Size And Species
Obviously, a Tree’s Size is an important factor in determining how long it will take to remove, but we also have to take into account the Species of that Tree. Each Species has it’s own particular growth patterns, density properties, and biological hazards such as hard thorns or allergens that can determine how quickly the climber/bucket operator can move in the tree, set rigging points, and if any special protective equipment will be needed.
Location And Proximity Hazards
The location of your Removal is probably the most important factor in pricing. If the tree is in a field with nothing surrounding it but grass, even if it’s a particularly difficult species or very large, the time it takes to remove it will be much less than if that same tree is in your backyard and hanging over your house. Because we are extremely careful when working around your personal property and home, Trees that are close to your house will take longer, as will trees that are near power lines/utilities, or that grow entangled with other trees.
Tree Health And General Disposition
A Tree’s health has a significant impact on the time it takes to safely remove it. If the tree requires extensive rigging operations to dismantle due to proximity hazards, we have to be certain that there are sufficient rigging points and that those points are structurally sound. If the tree is infested with parasitic organisms like Mistletoe, vines, or certain insects it’s a dead giveaway that there will be decay and cavitations inside the tree that may not be visible upon inspection as well as direct delays caused by the organisms themselves. For this reason, if a Tree is in particularly poor health or shows signs of heavy stress we have to consider that the Tree will take a little longer to safely remove.
Methods Of Access
There are 3 primary methods that we use to access Trees for removal: Bucket Truck Access, Climbing Access, and Ground Access. Each of these methods has their own strengths and weaknesses, but most often we are forced to choose the Method Of Access based on the criteria already mentioned above. For instance, “Ground-Based Access” is fast and easy but we can’t very well just notch and drop a 60 foot Oak tree sitting 10 feet from your house. At the same time, a small 15-foot Redbud Tree sitting near the road should rarely require us to physically enter the tree for removal.
Methods Of Work
The Method Of Work refers to how the tree is actually brought to the ground. In most cases, Trees have to be dismantled in relatively small pieces which take more time, especially considering the size of the Tree. In some cases, the Tree can be notched and laid over in just a few minutes, and the dismantling process (for disposal) can take place on the ground. This process is obviously much quicker and safer, but it’s rarely an option.
If the Tree is to be dismantled while it’s still standing, we have to take into account obstacles and hazards that may slow down the process of physically moving the cut debris from the tree to the ground. In some cases, the debris can simply be “cut and dropped” or “cut and tossed” directly from the canopy. However, in cases where there are structures, utility lines, limbs from other Trees, or other immovable objects in the drop-zone we may have to use additional rigging operations that can considerably lengthen the amount of time it takes to safely complete the removal.
Disposal And Clean-Up Options
Unless requested otherwise, we quote all Removal jobs to include full disposal and clean-up of cut debris. In the cases of larger trees, especially heavy Species like Oak and Pecan, disposal takes much more time, fuel, and physical labor. In the summer and autumn months, leaves add additional time to job site clean-up. These services are optional and can be itemized for inclusion at your request.
Additional Equipment Or Subcontracted Services
Occasionally, on very large Trees, hard to access Trees, or Trees that are in particularly poor health additional equipment or subcontracted services such as a Crane and Operator, Roll-off Dumpsters & Service, etc. may be required. In these instances, we will discuss all requirements with you prior to formulating our Quote.