How Much Does It Cost To Remove A Tree From My Chicago Property?

Posted by
Kim Riebel on Mar 6, 2015 10:52:26 AM
How much does it cost to remove a tree?

Trees are incredible assets to a landscape, and we grow attached to trees because they add character and even act as landmarks. But when a tree is diseased or dying—or when it stands in a risky position on your Chicago commercial property—the best decision is to remove it. Strong winds and storms can take down trees, cause serious damage to your property and put people at risk.

Trees growing too close to buildings can actually introduce pests to the structure, or stoke mold growth because its canopy prevents air and sunlight from doing the work of natural pest control. And, we know that large tree limbs that hang over walkways, driveways or parking spaces are a safety hazard for those who live, work and play on your property. What property owner can afford to take the chance of a serious accident?

At Sebert, we always advocate proper tree care, including pruning, to sustain tree health. Our last resort is tree removal, but there are cases when this is required. We also recognize that sometimes tree removal is necessary for aesthetic reasons during the landscape planning process.  

Removing a tree can be painful, and so can the cost. But the price tag on tree removal is not always as bad as Chicago property owners might think. The key factors driving tree removal price are tree size and location. So, how much does it cost to remove a tree? The cost of tree removal in Chicago varies from $400 for a smaller tree in an easy-access location to $4,000 for a large tree that will involve special tree removal equipment and professionals.

If you’re wondering how much tree removal might cost on your Chicago commercial property, consider these variables.

Tree Size: Taller Tree, Higher Removal Cost

Oak trees can grow up to 75 feet tall, and pine trees can reach even taller, exceeding 100 feet, when mature. If your property is in a newly developed area, trees are likely smaller in height and diameter.

The larger the tree, the more labor required to scale the trunk and gradually cut it down from top to bottom. The smallest trees can be cut from the base without this rigorous step, which drives down the cost of tree removal.

Tree Variety And Condition: Is The Tree Diseased?

Some trees are more expensive to remove than others.Some trees are harder to remove because, well, they’re harder. We’re talking about the wood. Oak is tougher to cut through than pine, for example.

And while dead and diseased trees have trunks that will easily submit to the saw, trees with “health conditions” pose a risk to tree crews because there is a chance that the trunk or limbs could fail while a professional is removing the tree.  

Tree Location: Open Areas Make Tree Removal Easier

Trees that are close to buildings cost more to remove because of the logistics involved in keeping the structure and surroundings safe. Also, moving large tree equipment into spaces in between buildings or in high-traffic areas can be challenging, or impossible.

When trees are positioned in open, accessible areas of your Chicago commercial property, landscape professionals can use equipment including bucket trucks, and there is less concern about managing the cut trunk pieces and limbs that will be taken away from the property.

Also, trees positioned close to power lines are riskier for our crews, so regardless of the tree type or size, if the location is near a utility then extra precautions are required, which increases the cost of tree removal.

Removing More Trees From Your Chicago Property Costs Less

In a way, you’ll get a volume discount when removing more than one tree because the crews are already on site with equipment and prepared for the job. So the price for removing a single tree on a property will be more than the cost per tree to remove several.

For example, a landscaping company might charge $1,000 to remove one tree, but $750 each to remove three trees. Of course, as mentioned above, size and location come into play and can push the cost up or down.

If The Stump Stays, Tree Removal Costs Less

You may decide to leave a tree stump if it does not interfere with the aesthetics of your landscape or cause a hazard. But stump removal is the ideal choice in lawn areas because they are tough to maneuver around when a landscape crew is mowing. Stumps can also become breeding grounds for disease, and even trigger new tree growth.

Stump removal costs depend on the size of the tree—larger trees have a deeper “foundation.” Removing the smallest stump can cost $200, while large stumps can cost up to $1,500 and more to remove. (Remember, a significant portion of the tree grows underground.)

How Much Does It Cost To Remove A Tree?

The cost of tree removal depends on the size, type, location and number of trees on your Chicago commercial property. While there is a significant variance in cost to remove a tree, from $400 to $4,000, the price tag is less painful than the cost of an accident because of a fallen tree or limb.

Tree removal is an integral aspect of landscape maintenance, and a trusted landscape professional can help you decide if a tree can be preserved or if the best choice for its health is removal. Want to talk about it? Call Sebert any time at (630) 497-1000, or fill out this simple contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.

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Topics: Tree & Shrub Care

Written by Kim Riebel

Kim Riebel

Kim Riebel, Director of Marketing and Sales for Sebert Landscaping, oversees all new business development activities for the company’s lawn maintenance and snow removal services. Having joined Sebert in 2004, Kim helped create a new five-person business development team for the company.