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
972-633-5462

Everything. Web site says “insured for your protection.”

$3400

Sam Hill Tree Care
PO BOX 170304
Irving, TX 75017-0304
972-251-4235

Everything. Carries liability & workman’s comp.

$2000

Herbst Tree Services
1600 Stonecrest Trail
Wylie, TX 75098
972-487-5986

Everything except haul off trees. Carries liability but not workman’s comp.

$1925

Preservation Tree Services
660 Preston Forest Center, #137
Dallas, TX 75230
214-528-2266

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 neary 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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