How much does it cost to remove a tree?
While trees are nice to look at, and they certainly enhance most landscapes, there are times when it’s necessary to consider having them removed. Whether they fall and damage your property, they are standing dead, the tree is leaning in the wrong direction or some other hazard, it’s important to consider getting the tree removed before it can cause damage to your property or someone on it.
This guide takes a close look at the cost to remove standing trees from property and how much extras like stump removal and log splitting will add to the original price, being $700 the average cost to remove a standing medium tree (30-60 feet).
The height of the tree that needs to be removed has a major impact on the overall cost. For standing small trees (up to 30 feet) such as a Russian Olive or a Dogwood, the average removal cost is $100-$450. To cut down medium trees (from 30 to 60 feet) such as a Black Alder 1 and a Crabapple the cost is between $200 and $1000 on average, with most services charging in the middle between $350 and $600 for standard sized trees that aren’t in difficult locations. For larger trees (60-100 feet) such as a Red Oak or a Pine, the average price is $400-$1400.
Professionals normally bring the tree down to a stump, haul away, or at least chip, the small branches and cut the trunk into small sections. All instruments and machinery needed for the removal are included in the price. Getting the pieces removed will cost an additional $50 to $100 for standard sized trees. Having just the limbs of the tree removed and the trunk left in place typically costs between $50 and $75.
Enhancement and improvement costs
- If you plan on burning the wood from felled trees, log splitting services are nice to add on. When the tree-trim company offers this service, it usually adds between $50 and $100 per tree and the company will bring along a log splitter to handle the task. If that is not the case, there are log splitting services that charge between $35 and $50 per cord of wood. An average 22’ tree provides a cord of wood, so getting trees split by a professional service will cost between $35 and $100 depending on the size of the tree involved.
- Chipped branches are transformed into a useful mulch 2 that can be used in gardens. Getting limbs chipped up will add $50 to $100 to the job, but will greatly minimize leftover yard waste and leave you with an usable product.
- Homeowners that decide to have the stump removed after getting a tree cut down should expect to pay between $65 and $100 for stumps from trees between 25 and 50 feet tall. Massive tree stumps from trees 80 to 100 feet will cost significantly more than an average tree and could end up being $250 or more.
- Trees that will be kept for firewood are difficult to deal with when the limbs are still attached. Most tree services will remove the limbs for you for a small fee. This is usually between $50 and $75 on a standard sized tree. This includes chopping off the limbs and taking them away.
Additional considerations and costs
- Tree removal is generally not recommended as a DIY project, though it can be done and save considerable money. It can also be quite dangerous.
- Sometimes it’s not necessary to remove a tree that you believe is problematic. Trees are sometimes a danger to homes or other structures because of their long limbs. Many times a simple trim is all that’s needed. Having a tree trimmed costs between $75 and $500 on average and can offer significant savings over having the tree removed.
- Very large trees (80-100 feet) may cause problems, especially if they are close to a power line or plumbing pipes. Also, the more long-living the tree is, the more probable is that it has disease or pests. Having a very large tree removed costs $1000-$1500.
- Additional considerations and safety precautions have to be taken when removing, thinning or trimming trees near powerlines or buildings. The right cutting method has to be used to ensure that the tree does not fall on these items. This is why when the tree is by either of these, a professional is called to come out and remove the tree.
- If there are fallen branches around the home, or on top of the home after a storm, the city will come and remove these for free. However, if there are larger issues then an emergency fee of around $80 to $100 extra will be added to the final costs.
- If you live in a remote location such as in the mountains or in a small town away from most service providers you’ll likely encounter a drive time fee. A fee of between $50 and $200 is standard for out-of-the-way locations, with a small fee being assessed for less than 30 minutes of travel, but larger fees for longer distances.
- Always make sure that you’re dealing with an insured tree service when having any trees on your property felled. This protects you against any injuries the worker sustains while on the job, and against any property damage that’s caused during the task.
- Customers that live in urban locations have to consider local city tree removal codes before proceeding with a tree removal service. Some locations such as Seattle Washington, places a restriction on the size and number of trees that can be removed from a yard. There are also protected trees in specific areas around the city that you may not be able to remove even if you want to.