Amazing Variance in Tree Service Cost

A June storm forced our hand on our trash trees. We had to remove one large hackberry tree, we chose to remove another hackberry (was choked off with vines), and we elected to remove 9 other small hackberrys before they get out of hand and a Carolina cherry laurel that was growing too close to the house.

We got four estimates before we had the tree work done:

Name Job & Insurance Coverage Cost (tax not included)
Dallas Tree Surgeons
703 Valencia St.
Dallas, TX 75223
Everything. Web site says “insured for your protection.” $3400
Sam Hill Tree Care
PO BOX 170304
Irving, TX 75017-0304
Everything. Carries liability & workman’s comp. $2000
Herbst Tree Services
1600 Stonecrest Trail
Wylie, TX 75098
Everything except haul off trees. Carries liability but not workman’s comp. $1925
Preservation Tree Services
660 Preston Forest Center, #137
Dallas, TX 75230
Everything except stump grinding. Web site says “fully insured.” $3850

The variance in these prices is astounding. The company we ended up choosing, Sam Hill Tree Care, is properly insured and accredited and came in as almost the lowest price. The most expensive company was nearly twice as much! When you’re talking thousands of dollars, that is a huge difference, bordering on exorbitance.

It pays to shop around!

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