Too often, people believe a DIY approach to home improvement is the most cost-effective solution. However, the assumption often leads to greater expense, not to mention the increased risk of injury or damage to the property.
Cutting down a tree is not the most complex of tasks, in theory. In practice, professionals use specialized tools for cutting and stump grinding. They also take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of the people and property in the immediate vicinity.
The True Cost of DIY Tree Removal and Stump Grinding
Many people, especially those with workshops in the garage, will have a chain saw, wheelbarrow, drill, and shovel on hand. The one essential tool homeowners likely do not have sitting in the garage or tool shed is a gas-powered stump grinder. To purchase a grinder out of pocket will set you back at least two grand. If you opt for renting the equipment, you will probably spend between $100 and $200 per day, depending on the store and size of the machine.
If you have zero experience with a stump grinding machine, you will need to familiarize yourself with the tool and read the manual cover-to-cover. Do not skim the material. Reading and familiarizing yourself with the equipment can take upwards of a couple of hours. The two hours is not including taking a couple of practice runs with the device.
Unfortunately, after all the preparation and hassle, most homeowners realize they did the job wrong, meaning they need to call a professional. A homeowner tacks anywhere from $100 to over $2,000 onto the project by attempting the DIY method.
Hire an Expert the First Time
A tree stump removal service typically costs no more than $150. There are exceptions, especially when grinding multiple stumps, but more often than not, it is cheaper and easier to hire a professional.
Stump grinding is a specialized skill requiring expensive equipment. Instead of trying to pinch pennies, hire a professional out the gate for the most affordable solution.