As sad as it is, tree removal is part of home ownership. While beautiful landscapes showcase tall, luxurious trees through their front yards, other times, rot or poorly planned electric lines can ruin one’s curb appeal. Therefore, more often than we care to admit, trees must be removed.
Since there are many factors at play, determining the average cost to remove a tree can be complex. Nonetheless, if your trees are not what they once were or have become a safety hazard for you and your family, read below as I will discuss all the factors that determine how much it costs to remove a tree.
Cost to Remove Trees
As we noted in our tree removal cost estimator, there are some homeowners who attempt to complete this project on their own. However, given what’s at stake, especially if the tree is close to the home, we highly recommend hiring a pro.
The average price to remove a tree is $545, but five factors will inflate or deflate that price. Those five factors are:
Based on these factors, we have seen tree removal services run as high as $1,000 or as low as $125. While many landscaping companies will offer tree and shrub removal and trimming services, you may want to consider contacting a dedicated arborist instead. An arborist is a professional who can offer more specialized tree and shrub services, including conservation and maintenance.
Regardless of whom you hire, you will also want to discuss the following answers with your hired professional:
- Do you want any stumps left behind to be ground down?
- Are you planning to plant a new tree?
- Are there rules to cutting down trees in your area?
No matter the answers, discuss them with your landscaping professional before you sign the contract.
Considerations for Tree Removal Cost
Like I said, the average cost will largely depend on five important factors.
To no surprise, taller trees are more expensive to remove. They demand more work and may require special equipment to not only take it down, but to remove it from the premises as well. According to HomeAdvisor, small trees are 30 feet tall or less, medium trees are between 30 feet and 60 feet and large trees stand 60 feet to 80 feet tall. Very tall trees are 80 feet or taller. Most tree removal services use these size ranges as guidelines for charging.
Certain trees are in worse conditions than others, largely depending on its age, rot and lean. Trees in worse conditions are more expensive, and complicated, to remove.
Below are a few factors that can adversely affect the condition of your tree:
- Recent construction near roots
- Slight lean of the tree
- Exposed roots
- Multiple trunks
- Weak branches or stump
- Cavities or decay of the tree
To keep your tree in great condition, casual maintenance is required. See what it costs with our tree maintenance cost guide.
Tall and thin make for a quick removal process, but short and stout bring a different dimension to the tree removal process. As such, a short or tall thicker tree will almost certainly increase the price of removal. If the trunk must be cut into sections (usually the case for a thicker tree), it will add that much more time to the job.
Needless to say, there are many important structures surrounding many trees, such as electric lines, your home, a neighbor’s home and so on. A tree in a compromised position can add 50% to the total removal cost. Furthermore, trees woven between power lines may require a certified lineman for removal.
Additionally, trees that are very close to the home require more work, driving up the total cost of the removal. If the tree is near a structure, the branches will have to be lowered by rope instead of just being cut loose. Also, cutting down a tree surrounded by trees that you don't want damaged can complicate the job quite a bit.
Finally, trees in the front yard are usually cheaper to remove than backyard trees. Trucks can’t bypass your home and oftentimes, removal of backyard trees requires a pro to climb the tree. The farther the pro or truck must go, the more expensive the service will be.
Much like the size, the type of wood or tree will have a big effect on the overall price. For instance, oak, which is part of the hardwood family, is a very strong wood and requires more work to remove versus a palm or pine tree. Oak trees can run up to $1,000 to remove, whereas small palm or pine trees can cost as little as $150.
More exact prices are below:
- Palm Tree Removal: The average cost to remove a palm tree is approximately $150 to $450 if their height is 30 feet. If they're 80 feet tall or more, you might spend $1,100 to $1,500.
- Pine Tree Removal: The average price to remove a pine tree is around $200 if the tree is 40 feet tall, but 80-foot pine trees will cost about $1,500.
- Oak Tree Removal: Since it reaches up to a height of 60 feet, the average cost to remove an oak tree is approximately $200 to $1,000.
Costs of Grinding A Stump
Even after the tree has been removed, the work is not done. Tree stumps are significant eyesores to any yard, front or back. They can not only ruin your chances of selling the home down the line, but also present a substantial safety risk.
A landscape or tree professional can remove large stumps in minutes. According to our tree service cost estimators, the average price to grind down a tree stump ranges between $82 and $139. Other factors that could affect the price include the age of the stump, the condition of the soil, the root system and the hardness of the wood. If you have several stumps to grind, you may be able to bundle them together and reduce the individual price.
We love promoting green initiatives, but oftentimes, we have to face reality. If you have a tree that is not healthy and presenting a serious safety concern to your home, it must be removed. Given its relatively low cost, the decision is quite easy.
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