Tree Service Costs: How Much Does Tree Service Cost?
Tree Removal Costs
Trees look their best when they are trimmed properly. It also maintains the tree’s health and prevents safety issues. Regardless if you or someone else does it, the costs involved in trimming your trees will include the factors mentioned in this article. As you will see, there is no clear-cut way to determine the cost of removing a tree. A variety of things could become a factor in the cost of removing a tree. However, the typical price for getting a tree removed is between $150 and $1,500.
Factors that Affect Tree Removal Prices
As you will soon discover in this article, the price involved in getting a tree removed depends on a combination of factors. The following is a brief overview of the main factors involved in the cost of getting a tree removed:
• Size – The tree’s height is the most important contributor to the removal price.
• Condition – Dead and rotting trees often cost less to remove than those that are healthy. When getting a quote on the tree’s removal, it’s important to tell them upfront if the tree is in good or poor condition to get a fair price.
• Diameter – The trunk’s diameter plays a part in the cost because that information will be needed when grinding the stump. That’s why people often pay more for a short and thick tree than they would for one that’s taller but thinner.
• Location – Trees situated in potentially hazardous areas will cost more to remove than those in safer locations because of liability issues involved and the use of more sophisticated equipment for removal.
What is Typically Included with Basic Tree Removal Services?
Despite the many variations on tree removal services, there are some basic elements common to all services. All trees will need to be chopped. The person chopping it will need to be able to rope it down to get to various parts of the tree. Some even provide free hauling services or incorporate the cost into the service offer.
Typical Tree Removal Prices
The base price of removing a tree will be primarily determined by its size:
• $1500 minimum –trees 75+ Feet High
• $200 – $1,000—frees between 25 to 75 Feet High
• $150 – $500—trees up to 25 Feet High
• Removal of Tall Trees: $1500
Let’s face it: you’re not going to be able to remove a large tree all by yourself. Just keep in mind that larger trees cost more money to remove, and other factors will also affect the overall cost. Liability issues like the worker having to climb up really high to get to parts of the tree will affect the cost. Try to see if you can get some additional services thrown in at no extra cost.
Pine Tree Removal: $200-$1500
Most pine trees are tall and can range from 40 feet to 80 feet tall! So, expect to pay a higher price for removing this tree because of its height. Since some pine trees are small, you may pay as low as $200. But for the taller ones, the price can go even higher than $1,500. Shop around to see who has the best rates per services offered before investing in a contractor to remove a large pine tree.
Oak Tree Removal: $200-$1000
This by far is one of the strongest trees around. Expect the price to be hefty when needing one of these removed. Their height will also factor into their cost since these trees tend to grow tall. A price range between $200 and $1,000 is common for an oak tree, but expect it to be more towards the $1000 range than the $200 range (since it is a thick tree). Unless the tree is posing some sort of obstruction or another safety issue, it may be best to just leave it there and save your money.
Tree Branch Removal: ~$200-$300
What if you only needed removing was a few branches off the tree? If this is the case—like when the branches are obstructing utility lines, you can contact your local power company and have them take care of the removal for free. If the cause is not related to utility lines, then you will need to hire a contractor to do the work. A small job could be done without having to hire someone, but for larger branches (and thicker ones), you need to leave that up to professionals, who will most likely charge per hour of service. A lot of branches could very well mean a very expensive order.
Fallen Tree Removal: $75-$150
No one likes having a fallen tree in the yard, so these need to go immediately. However, even a tree that has fallen will take a lot of equipment to have it removed. On the other hand, the cost won’t be as bad since the tree was not in decent shape. If you want the workers to haul the tree remains, cut it up or chip it up into small pieces, then expect the price to increase somewhat.
Tree Stump Removal Costs
The base cost to remove a stump will depend on who does it: you or a contractor. However, there are other factors that can affect the price, which is explained in our article on removing tree stumps.
Most people need more services than just the tree removed. Therefore, additional services like the ones listed below will cost extra unless they are already included in the removal offer.
Examples of additional services are:
• Limb Chipping – Limbs can be chipped instead of hauling. If a chipper is already on site, the cost should not be extra. If not, then expect to pay around $75 more for chipping.
• Tree Trunk Removal – The tree will be cut into small portions that will make it easy to transport them. If you want the contractor to do this for you, it may cost extra. Expect the cost to be between $50 and $100 extra
• Stump Removal – Unless you pay for it, the stump will remain on your property after the tree is removed. There may be a specific offer that will allow the stump to be removed with the tree. Often, you have to pay between $60 and $350 extra for stump removals. Either way, the contractor will have to use additional equipment to get this done. As with trees, you also pay lower price when the stump is rotten.
• Log Splitting – If you have a fireplace, you may want to add log splitting services. Most companies charge $75 extra for this service even though there is no available fixed price for log splitting. It will require additional equipment (a log splitting machine).
• Travel Expenses – People in remote locations can expect an extra charge if the worker has to travel a long way to get to your location. There may be an additional cost for driving time.
Dealing with Damaged Trees
Removal of trees causing storm damage will cost more because of liability issues. Also, the workers have to be careful when removing these because of their own safety concerns. It’s expensive to have trees removed, but it’s worth the money if it prevents hazardous situations from happening.
So, why not let a professional handle the job if it must be done?