It’s a fact that old, weary trees can cause harm to you or your neighbor’s home, resulting in concern and raised insurance premiums. Read more about tree stump removal.
If you’re in a situation where you had a tree cut down (recently or not), odds are you have a pesky stump left to deal with. The roots of a stump can extend far underground and be a hassle to deal with.
Read on to learn about stump removal costs and what you can do about it.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that DIY stump removal will often cost less than having a professional come and remove a stump. However, if you have the tools handy for the job, you’ll likely save the labor cost.
There are a few factors that come into play here. First: your location. Depending on where you live, costs will be impacted.
The second is the size of the stump. Costs range from around $2-$5 per diameter inch. Larger stumps, larger costs, with the average cost of stump removal services ranging between $300-$350 in the U.S.
The final bit is the root system. Pros can usually gauge how much will be going on under the surface and offer a quote, but these systems always vary and will likely be different depending on what is found underground.
Contact stump removal professionals and gather quotes to get a better understanding of what costs will be in your area.
As you may expect, these costs can be lower than hiring a pro. However, if you don’t have the necessary tools, the costs become uncomfortably similar.
If your tree is sick or infested, you’ll likely want everything removed as quickly as possible. The best way to remove stumps is with a grinder.
If you don’t own a stump grinder (something no one would blame even the most tool-savvy soul for not owning), you can rent one for a day or so. These rentals can be anywhere from $150-$300/day.
If there’s less urgency to remove the stump you have a few options.
The first is chemically removing the stump. Purchasing stump solution (commonly a potassium nitrate) will soften and degrade the wood, making it easier to drill and remove. Note that it can take weeks or even months to work.
The next is manually removing a stump. A shovel, an ax, and saws are a labor-intensive process for even the smallest stumps, but if you’ve got time and energy, you can do it for cheap.
And in some places, burning a stump is possible. Contact your local fire department beforehand, though.
Stumps can be meddlesome, ugly, or possibly dangerous. Knowing the stump removal cost, you can now make a better assessment of how you’ll remove yours.
Our advice if you don’t have a grinder handy: get quotes from the pros and then evaluate if you want to tackle such a challenge on your own. It’ll save you time and a lot of hassle.
Learn something here? Furthermore, check out our other home improvement articles. Finally, we hope you know more about tree stump removal now.