How Much Does Tree Removal Cost?

The price of tree removal is typically based on height, but check with a professional to get an exact quote. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Audra C. of Oak Hill, Va.)

The price of tree removal is typically based on height, but check with a professional to get an exact quote. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Audra C. of Oak Hill, Va.)

Trees that prevent your house from getting adequate sunlight can cause mold growth on your siding and even inside your home. Limbs growing too close to the house or hanging over your roof may fall during a severe storm and cause extensive damage. These are the types of situations that require a professional tree removal specialist.

Even if you decide to hire a company to remove trees for purely aesthetic purposes, it's still important to do your homework and compare prices. Consider these factors when determining the cost of removing a tree and whether it fits your budget:

Tree height

Most companies charge based on the height of the tree, usually with a set fee per foot. The fee may vary based on the height of the tree. For instance, smaller trees that are only about 20 feet will be less per foot than, say, a 90-foot tree.

If you have an 80-foot tree and the price per foot is $15, you'll pay $1,200. But a 20-foot tree may only be $9 per foot and cost you $180.

Nearby hazards

If your tree is close to power lines or other dangers, the price is usually higher. Dead trees are more hazardous than live ones. As such, many companies will charge you an additional fee for hazardous tree removal.

Because you can't control the size or location of your tree, you may want to have it pruned or trimmed. In that case, the tree's height and the amount of effort needed to complete the job will determine the price.

Emergencies

If your tree has been struck by lightning and is ready to fall, you should expect to pay more because the company will need to complete the job quickly. If the company is working during the remnants of a storm, there's more risk of injury to its workers.

You should consider having hazardous trees and ones near your home removed before they turn into an emergency situation.

What to do with the wood

Once the tree is down, you need to decide how to dispose of it. You will likely pay at least an additional $50 to have the leftovers removed. Here are some options:

  • Branch chipping and hauling, which can run $70 to $150 per hour.
  • Haul it away, which can cost up to $350 more.
  • Stump removal. If you want the stump taken out, let the tree service know when you ask for an estimate. Stump grinding is the process used to remove the stump. You can expect to pay an additional $300 for a larger stump and $80 for a smaller one.
  • Wood splitting, which can be priced from $100 to $200 more but leaves you with firewood. Check to make sure the sizes a service cuts the wood into will work for your fireplace.

Average costs

Angie's List members who had a tree cut down in 2013 reported paying an average of $1,264, with a general range of $1,050 to $1,450, not counting discounts many service providers offer to members.

Trimming trees ran an average of $453 for members, and grinding out a stump cost members an average of $309.

Licenses and insurance

Companies pay a high price to maintain licenses, plus insurance that covers workers' compensation and liability. If the price quoted is unusually low, the company may not have adequate insurance or possess a license.

A tree service company representative needs to look at a tree to create a good estimate. But if you want, you can estimate the general cost beforehand.


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Removing a tree is the most expensive service, and typically includes cutting it down section by section, then hauling away the pieces. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathleen L. of Keizer, Ore.)
Removing a tree is the most expensive service, and typically includes cutting it down section by section, then hauling away the pieces. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathleen L. of Keizer, Ore.)

The price charged by tree removal and tree trimming companies may vary significantly based on tree type, height, and service requested. Find out why.

Comments

Hi I have over 4000 trees that have been damaged on my ranch want to know the cost per acre to cut and stumps removed

I have a 12 inch tree stump in my front yard that I would like to be grinded down. Please advise cost. Also I have 5 neighbors that have stumps in their front yard that may want theirs done if the price is right?

I have an old rental house (occupied) with tree branches that stretch over the driveway & onto roof of house. There is also an electrical line that runs across driveway too. Branches aren't touching it-yet. This is my main concern at the moment; there is a large pecan tree on other side that is touching roof but not as concerned due the cost.

Hi. I am in the process of buying acreage in va that has comple wood and wanted to know the cost per acre to cut and stump removal so the land willbe used for construction purpose. Rabiutheen

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