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Question DetailsAsked on 4/16/2016

How much to remove a large White Oak Tree on hillside overhanging house in MD?

The tree is partially dead or dying on one side and not sure who owns it?

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Well - your other question should help you solve the who owns it issue.

If someone else owns it, they may be responsible for the safe removal if it poses a hazard - that you might have to jump through some legal hoops to make them pay - or just talk to them in a friendly manner and offer to split the cost in some proportion - in WRITING.

Cost can be a wide range, but large sprawling oaks and sycamores and hickory and such over houses tend to be expensive because their branches grow so big it is not possible to safely cut it away in small pieces and throw them off - you have to use rigging or a crane, so a large tree voer a house commonly runs at least $500 and commonly over $1000 - up to several thousand (I have seen $6000 in one case for a 120 foot several hundred year old oak with about 8 foot diameter dbh (diameter breast height) with 2-3 foot diameter main branches over the house.

Also - sometimes with large diameter and heavy branches the contractor (and for this you want a really experienced contractor) they will go to a crane removal just to avoid the risk of dropping a large branch through your roof.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


You are in luck - many prior similar questions whjich might also give some guidance - meant to include these with other responses - undoubtedly some dups in the referenced questions with each -

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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