Tree Removal Bidding Help

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by PTP, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    Hey guys,

    I have a customer that wants me to remove a 35' oak from his front yard. He wants it all gone - stump and all. I am fairly confident that I can handle the job but am somewhat unsure of how to bid it. I am thinking that it would take 10 to 15 man hours for the entire thing and that puts my price in the range of $700 - $1000. Am I in the ballpark here?

    Thanks.
     
  2. nameistaken

    nameistaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Sounds like your price is low. Is this tree 35' tall or is the canopy 35' wide? What is the width of the trunk? Will you be using a lift or ladders? Using a chipper/shredder or hauling buy trailer? Using a stump grinder or a backhoe to get the stump out? How is the accessibility to the tree? Can you get a few pics of the tree so we can get a better idea?
     
  3. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    The tree is about 35' high. Access is good as you can see from the picture. I think that it is about 12" or 14" at the trunk.

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  4. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    Still need a little help here.

    Thanks.
     
  5. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,600

    just to take the tree i would he at $500 plus the stump....that tree should only take 2 hours or so to take down and have loaded. the stump grinding is where it will most likely cost you more than its worth if you dont have your own grinder. probably best to sub that out.
     
  6. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Easy tree here. You can go to HD and rent a grinder for half a day (4 hr rate). If I were doing this job, I'd charge $450 plus the price to rent grinder. I'd be using it for fire wood.

    Seems ODD he has the house for sell and wants to cut down a nice (and the only one out front) tree! I'd think the house would have a better chance to sell with the tree than w/o it.
     
  7. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    Yes, I thought the same thing. However, the shade is hard on the bermuda grass and he likes the grass more than he likes the tree.

    I sold the job today for $650 including the stump removal. Thanks for your help.
     
  8. nameistaken

    nameistaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    The thing that concerns me is what are your city codes and ordinances with cutting down a live tree? We have to go through our tree committee to get approval taking down a live tree.
     
  9. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    I have a simple but totally overlooked question. Do you have the correct insurance to cut this tree down and second of all the equipment ? That tree will easily load two trailers of limbs and logs and like the other poster said you better make sure you have the correct permit to cut the tree down.
     
  10. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    Yes, I do have the equipment and insurance. I specifically checked on that before I bid it. Thank you though.
     

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