The cost of removing a tree stump varies depending on several variables including: location of the stump, city you live in, company you hire, and the size of the stump.
1. Location of the Stump. If the stump is in an inconvenient location, it may cost more to get it removed. Most stump removal companies use special tools to remove the stump. For example, some Ulverston companies will dig out the stump with a backhoe, wrap a chain around it, and pull it out with a large pickup truck. If they cannot use a pickup or backhoe you will have to pay higher labor costs. If the tree removal Ulverston company will have to do any tree trimming you will have to add the tree trimming cost into the total tree stump removal cost.
2. City You Live In. If you live in a big city, the removal cost will be considerably higher. Companies have access to more business and are not willing to do jobs for cheap. Your best bet is to remove the stump yourself if you have the proper tools. If you’re not terribly concerned about removing the stump you can poor chemicals on the stump and attempt to disintegrate it yourself. This will take anywhere from 5-10 years and a lot of chemicals. You will then have to dig out the stump yourself.
3. The Company You Hire. There are usually several tree stump removal companies in an average sized city. The more tree care service companies that are available, the better your odds are of finding a great deal. You can get estimates from several companies and attempt to get them to compete against each other. You will have a hard time getting the larger companies to come down on pricing. You are better off finding a smaller company that needs the money. You need to make sure the company you hire is licensed. If they are not licensed and they get hurt on the job, you could risk being sued for their medical costs. You have to decide if it’s worth the risk for the amount of money you will save.
4. The Size of the Stump. Obviously the bigger the stump is, the more you are going to have to pay. The cost mainly varies on the amount of labor that will have to be spent. Most large trees have enormous roots that are extremely strong and difficult to remove. It’s about impossible to remove the stump without professional equipment. Tree removal cost usually isn’t much higher than stump removal cost. Most tree removal companies don’t take out the stump because it’s such a hassle.
The average cost to remove a mid-sized stump in an average city is £100 for the first stump and around £25 for each additional stump. The bigger companies have huge grinders and it only takes them minutes to get rid of most stumps. If you have a significant amount of stumps, the company will need a large machine and there is usually a negotiated hourly rate for the tree stump removal cost that is around £150 per hour.