Many factors affect prices such as the location (backyard or frontyard), the health (dead or alive), the species (spruce, poplar, aspen, etc.) and the size of the tree. Also, the amount of work for which the arborist company is hired can affect the price. Some customers wish to keep logs for firewood or choose not to remove the stump. However, the average cost to remove a tree in Edmonton is around $900.
The most affordable way to have a tree removed safely is to hire an arborist company to cut down the tree and choose to clean up the branches and logs themselves once everything is on the ground. However, this is usually a big undertaking and often underestimated by the customer.
The best way to get a price for a tree removal is to request a free quote. If a customer lives in Edmonton, a skilled and experienced arborist will personally come and assess the implications of the removal and determine a straightforward price. In Edmonton, the cost to remove a tree can be anywhere from $50 to $9000. For reference, a $50 removal would be a tree that a child could push over where $9000 would be the largest tree in Edmonton and require the assistance of a 75-ton crane to lift massive logs away. However, the cost to remove most trees in Edmonton is around $900, on average.
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Price is very important, however, the reputation and safety of a company is a much more important consideration. If one company charges $10,000 to remove 8 huge trees, a customer should be very cautious of the company that bids $5000. They should consider is the $5,000 dollar company going to rush their job and take chances in order to try and make a profit? Also, can this company afford to hire as skilled and educated arborists as the company that bids more? The last thing a customer wants to see is a young, improperly trained employee to be seriously injured on their property.
Unfortunately, this happens every year in Alberta. Arboriculture is seasonal work and is comprised of a surprisingly large amount of students looking for a summer job. Most people who work in the arboriculture industry have very little experience due to the transitory nature of the industry. As one can imagine, this is a very dangerous combination. Since every tree removal is unique, the experience is paramount. Many things can go wrong and, without adequate training, the experience is an arborist’s sole reliance in many cases.
The injury is the not the most common result of underbid jobs, however. The most common result of underbid jobs is property damage. When a job has been underbid, employees and owners are put under unnecessary pressure to complete a job in order to make a profit. When it would be advisable to lower a log using a rope, they skip this step in order to save time. Five minutes later they have to phone the customer to inform him or her that they have damaged the greenhouse. Sometimes tree service companies do not even inform the owner of the damage and leave it to the customer to demand an explanation. Companies who charge more per job, afford to hire individuals with better training, education, experience and customer service.
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