Hi all, first post here but considering I moved into a fairly wooded lot 2 years ago it likely wont' be my last I have what appears to be a "newly" dead, fairly large tree in my back yard. I certainly appreciate the complexity in the job as we have some restrictions on what type of equipment can be used and where specifically the tree needs to fall so I'm not complaining about any prices listed below but trying to understand my options so I can make an informed decision. We've had two certified arborists come by to give quotes on taking the tree down and they were roughly in line with each other, right around $4,000 +/- 10%. Although the one company took down a tree for us 2 years ago that seemed larger than this one and charged half the price I still accept that this is going to cost a fair bit. The first company suggested that the whole tree needs to come down in its entirety. The second company gave the option to take it down to 30 feet (for about 60% of the cost of full removal) or so and then we can choose to remove the rest down the road. Our main goal with all of this is to protect our house from the tree falling into it and avoid any branches that might come down while our kids are playing in the yard, which generally isn't too close to that tree but we'd rather be safe than sorry. Also happy to describe the yard restrictions if it would help anyone give us an opinion/advice here. Any general thoughts from the collective here on which might be a better option and why?