$0 – $300
Average Cost Estimate
$285 – $650
$350 – $1,500
|Cost Per Foot||$0||$9 – $11 / Foot||$11 – $15 / Foot|
|Time of Year||Anytime||Winter||Spring – Fall|
|Tree Height||20 – 40 Feet||20 – 60 Feet||20 – 75 Feet|
|Cut Down By||DIY||Tree Service||Tree Service|
|Local Demand||None||Low – Average||Average – Busy|
|Debris Cleanup||Self||Tree Service||Tree Service|
|Stump Removal||None||Grind or Dig||Grind or Dig|
|Cost of Tools & Supplies||$0 – $300||None / Included||None / Included|
|Permits, If Required||$0 – $150||$0 – $150||$0 – $150|
Homeowners research the cost of cutting down a tree for many reasons. Often, an aging or diseased tree is a risk for heavy branches falling onto their home without warning, electrical lines or the deck where they relax. Arborists recommend that dead trees be removed promptly. Sometimes woods are selectively thinned to improve a view of beautiful landscape. The cost of tree removal is significant, but there are times it must be done.
On this page of Costimates, complete tree removal service cost is broken down. Cost factors are discussed to give you a clear idea of what your specific cost might be when you gather estimates from local tree removal services. The cost of removing the stump is listed in the prices below, but there is more complete information in our stump grinding and tree stump removal pages (listed below) that will assist you in calculating your costs more closely.
How much does it cost to remove a tree? Our answer always starts with, “it depends.” Here are the factors that determine the cost of tree removal.
The high cost of tree removal shocks some homeowners until they understand the costs to the tree service that include expensive equipment as well as liability insurance and workers compensation insurance rates that are among the highest of any profession.
We were once asked why it’s so expensive to have trees cut down in a yard and the reason is fairly simple. Tree service companies have to spend a lot of money on equipment for tree removal. A bucket truck or lift can cost as much as $100,000, but most professional tree service companies must have one in order to do larger jobs. It’s also a very dangerous job that requires a lot of insurance to cover employees and your home, in case they drop the tree on top of it.
Permits and Inspection Cost
Important notes on cost: Only work with licensed, bonded and insured tree removal services to protect yourself in case of property damage or the injury or death of a worker. It’s not going too far to request a copy of the company’s insurance coverage and calling the insurer to verify coverage. The majority of companies are properly insured, but if the one you hire is not, the financial risk to you if something goes wrong is enormous. Also, if you are part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), check its bylaws regarding tree removal, if it has any, to make sure your project complies. You might have to submit a request for approval. Removing trees without approval when it is required has led to costly legal action.
Labor Cost and Time
We’ve listed costs below by the height of the tree. Services charge $9-$16 per foot. The taller the tree, the thicker the trunk and the greater the need for first removing large branches before felling the tree, so cost is higher. The other factors listed above will determine the final cost estimate.
Tree Removal Time Schedule
It takes about one workday to remove one large tree or several small trees and grind the stumps
I won’t hesitate to take down smaller trees on my property and I’ve helped friends cut down their own trees many times. That said, if it requires the least bit of technical expertise due to power lines, anything in the range of the fall zone, or a tree with branches hanging over a house, I’d call a tree removal service. Every. Single. Time.
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|Costimates||$365||$50 – $1,500|
|Precision Tree||$450||$150 – $1,500 and up.|
|AngiesList||$1,264||$180 – $1,600|
|HomeAdvisor||$651||$75 – $1,500|
|CostHelper||$380||$125 – $1,400|
|ImproveNet||$638||$55 – $1,700|
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