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Question DetailsAsked on 2/11/2018

Can I use Angie’s list to get a ballpark cost for a service on a home that I’m thinking of buying?

There’s a home for sale but it needs some work. What I specifically would like an estimate on is the removal of 2 large trees. I just want to make sure that I can list the address of this house for the project estimate even though I don’t own it.

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Angies List does not provide "estimates" - and not really fair to ask for a free estimate from a Tree Service company (the Search the List catgeory for this type of work) since you do not own the house, much less even have an offer in on it yet.

You could contact a tree service company or two and explain you are looking at a house where you think two trees would need to come down and you need to factor that price into your offer - they might agree to do a drive-by estimate (make clear to them, unless you prearrange it for your realtor to be there and have owner approval for onsite access, that they cannot enter the property - can only view from street) - or they might give you a ballpark estimate just based on cell phone photos from you.

Key factors would be showing in photos nearby structures and fences and such, and any nearby utilities (especially overhead lines).

Another option, and one which takes the iffiness or a "rough estimate" out of the picture but talk to your Realtor about this, is making an offer with a contingency detailed in it that taking the trees down is considered necessary to making the house acceptable to you, and the cost of that work is critical to your offer, so tree removal cost is to be a contingency item in the contract (along with the normal home inspections), then get a firm estimate from a Tree Service company or two during the contingency period.

For ROUGH ballpark numbers, if a "normal height" tree of say 50-80 feet commonly $200-400 range to feel them unless right next to the house or powerlines or such (in which case more like $500 range each), and that much again commonly to completely remove the material (and ranges in between if leaving larger wood as firewood, cut to length or not as applicable). For very large trees - massive spreading oaks or sycamores or elms 50-100 feet in diameter or with trunks many feet in diameter, trees over 100 feet, etc felling can commonly run the $200-300 range if there is space to fell them in just one or two pieces - otherwise can get into the $500-1500 range to take down piecemeal or with a crane holding them while they are cut, and that range again for removal depending on what is being done with the larger diameter material. That should give you a VERY rough ballpark of how much you are looking at. Of course, this assume normal residential access - not on steep hillside or such.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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