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Just got back from Thanksgiving on the East coast. Traveled out there with DD. Thanksgiving dinner with DS, his GF who we knew, and her family who we met for the first time. Also got to spend time with East Coast friends. It was an interesting and enjoyable week.

This was the first time I had flown since retirement. I must say that I was surprised at how much I disliked the whole flying thing. The rental car place made me feel like a criminal for not purchasing the redundant insurance. It also might have had something to do with taking a red eye out there and staying up for over 40 hours on that first day. We had to work around DD's schedule so not much of an option on flight times. If I have an option, however, I think I would much prefer to drive.
I have transitioned from 130k per year flyer to one personal trip per quarter. I have seen the inside of just about every airport bathroom. I hated traveling from mid November through the first of the year and in the summer when all the families were taking their vacations. I can't wait to do some driving vacations with my camper. Nothing glorious about flying nowdays, that's for sure
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:16 PM   #18842
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The arborist from the tree trimming/removal company was fantastic, which is why I use this company. He knows so much about trees and plants, as well as local permits and regulations, and generally knows what he is doing. This is the exact same arborist that worked with me extensively at my previous home back in 2003. How lucky can I be? I was hoping he still worked for them.

Anyway, it looks like it is going to cost a little less than $16K, which is about half to a third what I expected. As far as I'm concerned, this is part of the "fixing up the house after buying it" costs because the vastly overgrown jungle landscaping was really the only negative thing about the house as far as I'm concerned. So to me, this is in the same category as re-painting the interior of a house before moving in (which I didn't have to have done). Once it is taken care of..... ah!! Perfection, bliss.
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The arborist from the tree trimming/removal company was fantastic, which is why I use this company. He knows so much about trees and plants, as well as local permits and regulations, and generally knows what he is doing. This is the exact same arborist that worked with me extensively at my previous home back in 2003. How lucky can I be? I was hoping he still worked for them.

Anyway, it looks like it is going to cost a little less than $16K, which is about half to a third what I expected. As far as I'm concerned, this is part of the "fixing up the house after buying it" costs because the vastly overgrown jungle landscaping was really the only negative thing about the house as far as I'm concerned. So to me, this is in the same category as re-painting the interior of a house before moving in (which I didn't have to have done). Once it is taken care of..... ah!! Perfection, bliss.
$16K to cut some trees/branches? That seems like an awful lot to me. I guess most things seem like a lot to me since $16K is more than I spend on everything most years. You can afford it so if you think it's a good value then go for it but maybe get a second quote first. Hope you like the results.
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$16K to cut some trees/branches? That seems like an awful lot to me. I guess most things seem like a lot to me since $16K is more than I spend on everything most years. You can afford it so if you think it's a good value then go for it but maybe get a second quote first. Hope you like the results.
Definitely get another quote. That's a LOT of money.
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+1 $16k would be very high for trimming residential trees for a couple properties in our neck of the woods.. it would be a couple grand around here but we are in a low COL area.
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W2R - Definitely get another quote. I understand that your situation involves 2 houses close together that might prohibit using a boom truck, etc, and therefore increase the cost. But last year I had a 44" cottonwood about 60' tall taken down to include stump removal for $2,500.
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Sounds really high to me too.

A couple of years ago I had three ash trees taken down. They were all over 50 feet tall and nearly a couple of feet in diameter. It took a crew of three guys with a bucket truck about six hours just to get them all down because they were very careful and took the time to do it right. Only small sections at a time, using lots of ropes to keep falling limbs and trunk pieces from hitting anything important on the ground (just garden items). This was one of the biggest tree companies in the region. Total cost a little over $1,800.
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Oh, another point. I got four quotes and three were in the same ball park but one was three times as much. I suspect you may have one of the outliers.
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Wow, pile on a little, will you? Y'all, I think you WAY underestimated the extent of the job. It's not just "trimming residential trees for a couple properties"... yes, that would be probably $1K-$2K depending on the number and size of the trees, by this company's price list, Pb4uski. Ronstar, I paid this same company $1900 to take down a tree the size or your cottonwood, at my old home, and that included stump grinding and removal. Here, just one of the trees being taken down is way bigger than that and hangs over six properties.

Instead of just a little tree trimming, this is a complete re-landscaping of a yard and surroundings taken over by subtropical jungle. Believe me, if anything it is way under-priced. I expected the price to be around $30K-$50K. The price will be less if they can't get the Parish (=county) permits to remove the two trees at the curb which have broken up the sidewalk, and whose roots have grown into the Parish storm drain and whose branches are totally entangled with the electrical wires. They'll be handling the permit applications for me and dealing with the Parish and electric company too if need be.

If someone said they were spending less than $16K for a major kitchen remodel complete with new layout and all the bells and whistles, plus for a major bathroom remodel, you all would probably say, "Wow, what a DEAL!" Which is what everyone around here says about the prices I get from this company. They give me better rates because I am an old customer. I have never gotten or even heard of competing quotes that beat this company, at least not from one that is established, insured, has at least one English speaking foreman, and so on.


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It costs a lot more when you use an arborist. Most tree services don't have one on staff. Can make a big difference in the survival of trees. Have you ever seen a tree where the branches weren't trimmed correctly and the cut never heals. Or have you seen where tree services top the crown of the tree and you get a bunch of weak growth all over the top. Over years the tree goes into decline and dies. People don't even notice because it happens slowly.


She's not having trees cut down. You can have just about any guy with a chain saw to do that. A little more experience and insurance if the tree is near your house. An arborist will make sure that tree is expertly pruned and will survive.


Oops, well she is having trees cut down but I'd still use an arborist.
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Wow, pile on a little, will you?
Not so much piling on as trying to help by saving you a few bucks.

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one of the trees is so overgrown it is touching Frank's roof and another is so overgrown that it is touching mine. So at the very least, trimming is in order for most of the trees and at least one needs to go. Maybe several. Also I want them to remove the bushes on my side of the chain link fence
didn't sound so extensive, so I think we were just picturing a much smaller job.

Sorry if you got the wrong impression.
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Wow, pile on a little, will you? Y'all, I think you WAY underestimated the extent of the job. It's not just "trimming residential trees for a couple properties"... yes, that would be probably $1K-$2K depending on the number and size of the trees, by this company's price list, Pb4uski. Ronstar, I paid this same company $1900 to take down a tree the size or your cottonwood, at my old home, and that included stump grinding and removal. Here, just one of the trees being taken down is way bigger than that and hangs over six properties.

Instead of just a little tree trimming, this is a complete re-landscaping of a yard and surroundings taken over by subtropical jungle. Believe me, if anything it is way under-priced. I expected the price to be around $30K-$50K. The price will be less if they can't get the Parish (=county) permits to remove the two trees at the curb which have broken up the sidewalk, and whose roots have grown into the Parish storm drain and whose branches are totally entangled with the electrical wires. They'll be handling the permit applications for me and dealing with the Parish and electric company too if need be.
Your earlier post sounded like "landscaping project" to me, but some others must have thought "branch trimming or tree removal". That price tag of $16K doesn't sound at all bad for a big front yard landscaping project. Good luck..
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Wow, pile on a little, will you? Y'all, I think you WAY underestimated the extent of the job. It's not just "trimming residential trees for a couple properties"... yes, that would be probably $1K-$2K depending on the number and size of the trees, by this company's price list, Pb4uski. Ronstar, I paid this same company $1900 to take down a tree the size or your cottonwood, at my old home, and that included stump grinding and removal. Here, just one of the trees being taken down is way bigger than that and hangs over six properties.

Instead of just a little tree trimming, this is a complete re-landscaping of a yard and surroundings taken over by subtropical jungle. Believe me, if anything it is way under-priced. I expected the price to be around $30K-$50K. The price will be less if they can't get the Parish (=county) permits to remove the two trees at the curb which have broken up the sidewalk, and whose roots have grown into the Parish storm drain and whose branches are totally entangled with the electrical wires. They'll be handling the permit applications for me and dealing with the Parish and electric company too if need be.

If someone said they were spending less than $16K for a major kitchen remodel complete with new layout and all the bells and whistles, plus for a major bathroom remodel, you all would probably say, "Wow, what a DEAL!" Which is what everyone around here says about the prices I get from this company. They give me better rates because I am an old customer. I have never gotten or even heard of competing quotes that beat this company, at least not from one that is established, insured, has at least one English speaking foreman, and so on.


I knew I shouldn't even mention what I did today on this thread.
There's no need to get defensive. We were giving honest feedback based on the information you provided earlier. Based on the above post, it sounds as if you can justify the high cost, at least to yourself. You have to expect tough feedback from a bunch if cheapskates like us!
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I was hoping for your bank account that you'd misplaced the comma in $16,000, W2R, but I can tell the amount of pleasure your "new" yard will give you (and the relief of worrying that a big limb will come through the roof in a storm!) when all the work is done will make the cost seem a pittance. So much work and expertise taking overgrown trees down in a city neighborhood! And your climate encourages growth more than where I live.

When we bought our house 35 plus years ago we couldn't wait to plant several trees. Since then we've had to take down a black walnut, crab apple, sugar maple, apple, elm, and mountain ash, from storms or disease. The arborist is on speed dial. Our love affair with trees started cooling off about 15 years ago!
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DD#2 just spent $30+K for some major landscaping work in their big back yard. Tree removal, fencing, crushed granite walkways, sprinkler system, patio extension etc. Looks nice but it was pricey...
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Wow, pile on a little, will you? Y'all, I think you WAY underestimated the extent of the job. It's not just "trimming residential trees for a couple properties"... yes, that would be probably $1K-$2K depending on the number and size of the trees, by this company's price list, Pb4uski. Ronstar, I paid this same company $1900 to take down a tree the size or your cottonwood, at my old home, and that included stump grinding and removal. Here, just one of the trees being taken down is way bigger than that and hangs over six properties.....
I guess that I didn't appreciate the size, scope and complexity of your project...$16k is a lot to begin with (1/2 of a car as I think of it) not to mention it being a screaming deal. Nonetheless I know you are not one to waste money so it must be a good deal... just hard for me to fathom. Sorry.
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