This question has often been asked by anyone who is about to have one of these massive trees removed from their property. People don't want their trees growing up on their house or driveway because they don't want the extra weight on their vehicles, but at the same time they just can't afford the trip to your local tree removal office.
The national price range for tree trimming is around $270-$450 per tree depending on how many limbs you are removing and where the tree is located. A family sized tree can range anywhere from ten dollars to one hundred dollars depending on how many limbs are removed and what you are able to save on your homeowner's insurance policy. All of these different prices do not include the labor or gas that it takes to haul the tree away.
The location of the tree and the climate will determine how much it costs to remove the tree. If the tree is located in an area that gets a lot of rainfall, chances are that the tree will be easier to cut than if it was located in a more arid area. In areas that receive very little rain such as North Dakota, the same amount of rain that causes floods may actually cause the tree to dry out. This is why tree trimming in these areas is generally a bit more expensive than in other areas.
This price range covers the labor and the cost to have someone come and cut the tree down yourself. With the economy the way it is today, many people have taken to having a professional come out and take care of the tree for them. Once they are done with the job, they will have the tree trimmed and ready to be put back where it was originally planted.
The national price range for this service will cover all different types of tree limbs. Once the job is done and the tree is ready to be moved, you will have the added benefit of having it looking like it was never removed. This is the only way that it makes sense to cut your own tree, unless you like the look of the tree being missing from your yard.