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- 1. Tree Removal Costs
- 2. Tree Service Costs
- Find Out The Cost Breakdown of a Quote
- What's Not Included In The Costs?
- Tree Trimming Costs
- Tree Pruning Costs
- Factors that Will Affect The Cost of Tree Pruning
- Stump & Root Removal Costs
- 3. Other Tree Service Costs
- 4. Extra Costs & Added Services
1. Tree Removal Costs
Tree Sizes & Related Costs
Small Size Tree Removal Costs
For all trees, approximately 30 ft high or less would be regarded as small in size for the purpose of giving you approximate costs. Removing these trees is less difficult and can even be moved to other locations where necessary. The approximate costs are on the bottom low end of $150 - up to $300 in the high side. An average cost for a small size tree again depending on conditions would be around $275.
Trees that fall into this group are would be: Apple, Cherry, Cherry Laurel, Crabapple, Crape Myrtle, Dogwood, Green Hawthorn, Honeylocust, Hornbeam and Juniper. Other trees include Japanese maple, Peach, and Carolina Silverbell. For more info on trees that grow less than 30ft tall see here.
Medium Size Tree Removal Costs
All trees with a height of between 30ft and 60ft will be regarded a medium height trees, having these trees is a little more difficult and has some risk and challenge in comparison to the small trees.
Depending on where the trees are situated lift equipment is required and with a medium level of risk attached. You can expect to pay anywhere between $350 and $800, Average cost for a medium size tree would be $550 depending on conditions. Factors that you need to consider and get more information on further down such as health, location, accessibility etc. These will impact final quote. The types of trees that fall into this category are: Sawtooth Oak, Freeman maple, Red maple, Tupelo and Elm. For more information on Medium size trees, go here.
Large Size Tree Removal Costs
All trees with an approximate height of 60ft and 80ft are classified as large and carry an equally large risk when it comes to managing them, if located close to buildings, it can be a high-risk job for removal and felling of Large trees cost more because of the associated work and risk involved. You can expect to pay between $800 - $1800 again depending on associated factors such as access, health, size and location etc.
An average cost would be $1000 for a large tree plus any add-on costs that would affect its removal. Typical large trees between 60ft and 80 ft would be Bur Oak, Northern Red Oak, Pin Oak, Linden, Ginko, Black Locust and Concolor Fir.
Xtra-Large Size Tree Removal Costs
All trees over 80ft tall and beyond are classified here as extra large and usually require lift hire and carry a very high-risk level when it comes to their maintenance. The costs are very high and have a broad range when estimating the cost due to the unpredictability of the job.
You can expect to pay anywhere between $1900 - up to $2,600 and beyond depending on the challenges faced by the tree company. The right tree company is essential who are used to bringing down very tall trees with the relevant experience.
Trees that fall into this category are usually Balsam Fir, Red Pine, White Pine. Because of there height, an accurate quote is essential, lift equipment and cranes are usually essential and depending on proximity to overhang of buildings, additional risk is high. Get quotes from well established tree removal companies that are used to taking on this kind of work load.
Tree Removal Costs & Sizes:
Add-on Costs and Conditions That Impact Your Final Cost
We will start by asking why is it difficult to get a quick idea and estimate for a tree immediately without anyone seeing it? The following are some of the variables and conditions that a tree professional will take into consideration when giving you an estimate, depending on how they weigh up these conditions will be one of the reasons why your estimate can vary a lot.
Extra Costs that will have an impact on your final estimation:
Height of The Tree - the size or height of a tree will be on of the most crucial factors affecting the price, this may seem obvious but if your cutting down a tree that stands two stories high against a tree that is 5 stories high, there is a large difference in the amount of timber to be cut, time risk and room to fell it. The size will also affect the impact on close buildings and boundaries etc. See estimated height costs above.
The diameter of The Tree - the overall diameter of a tree is the circumference of the trunk base, this will determine the amount of time to cut it, and will impact the size of the tree and the work involved. When it comes to your final cost, the estimations above for the height do not take into consideration the diameter, and this is an add-on cost for most tree services. See your table of cost below for the diameter.
If you are planning on grinding out the stumps, this will also impact the cost due to the time it will take, it can be the case that a short tree with a wide diameter or large trunk can cost you more than a tall tree with a narrow diameter or slim trunk.
Location of Your Tree (Overhang) - the location of a tree will greatly impact the cost for example, if you have a tree that is standing close to a building and leaning over it, then it has an overhang, this or in between two buildings, it greatly reduces the ability to fell the tree in an easy manner, alternatively it may need to be removed by lift hire / Crane or climbers with the additional risk of potential building damage.
Low-risk location trees will cost you less. Usually, if a tree is in a high-risk area, more complex equipment and labour are used to get it out without damage. The percentage of overhang (what percentage the tree overhangs the house) is an additional cost due to risk and work involved. See our table below for overhang costs.
Access To The Tree - The ability to get access to the tree or trees will impact the cost for many reasons, as mentioned earlier, if a tree is between buildings or alongside a building with little access to it for heavy equipment, will impact the amount of time and man hours to get it out aside from the added risk to what is around the tree or if a tree is on a steep hill, there is added risk and time getting out safely.
The further a tree is away from a solid surface such as a road or driveway will have an impact if the tree expert will be able to get equipment to it and reduce the man-hours involved in moving branches to the equipment. The further away the equipment is the longer it takes to move the timber and branches to the chipper and trailer. See our table below.
Condition or Health of A Tree - The overall health of a tree will greatly impact how it has to be dealt with and it's not something most owners consider, if a tree need to be removed it's about getting it out of there if need be but its overall health and state will determine the work and challenges that will impact the price. We list some here to give you a better idea:
Rot, Decay and Cavities - These can be signs that a tree’ overall structure is weakened and this can have some risks attached to felling a tree. When cutting down a tree that's structure is perfect, it holds itself together during the fall, trees that are in decay don't have the structure to hold themselves together and can make unpredictable work when cutting them down.
Weak Limbs and Branches - trees with weak limbs or limbs that are prone to cracking can make the felling process hazardous and increase risk and the ability to bring the tree down easily.
Trees with Multiple Trunks - trees with more than one trunk can be prone to splitting and again increasing the risk for the removal process.
Lean and Stability - Trees often lean and can be leaning in wrong conditions depending on their access to light especially if it's leaning in over your neighbor's boundary. A tree with a lean that is showing some exposed roots and cracked ground can be a strong determinant of its overall stability, this can make removal unpredictable.
Recent Work Or Construction - Any recent work, even landscaping that would have had an impact on the original structure of tree can destabilize a tree and increase the risk to its removal.
Dead trees are very unpredictable and for most tree owners you would expect a dead tree to be easier to remove so, therefore, should be cheaper and this can be the case in some circumstances but also because a tree is dead, this structure is also dead and brittle and when it come to removing it, it can be high risk and very unpredictable especially in an urban environment.
Hardwoods & Softwoods - When you identify the type of tree that will be removed, this can impact the cost of removing it. The softer the wood, the less it will cost to cut down the tree, although it's a small difference in cost.
Generally the harder the wood, the more it will cost. Hardwoods include trees such as ash, birch, maple, elm, oak and walnut. Softwoods include trees such as pine, spruce, fir, cedar and juniper.
2. Tree Service Costs
Tree Cutting & Removal Costs
Your probably here because you want to know how much does it cost to cut down a tree and have it removed?
Well its a good question and in the previous section, we outlined (if you read it) all the different things one needs to consider when giving an estimate, you're probably only concerned with the bottom line figure and this is understandable but it's a mistake, why you may ask?
Well without understanding the different costings that go into a tree removal service quote, you reduce your chances into being able to reduce those costs if you find the quote on the expensive side for you.
Find Out The Cost Breakdown of a Quote
By understanding the cost breakdown of a quote you can have an influence into how to reduce those costs (if possible) with alternative options or methods that may cost less in getting the tree removed. This is not always the case but at least you can compare your costs against another quote and understand how the estimates compare and why. Always ask for a cost breakdown when request a quote or estimate.
What Does it Cost to Cut Down a Tree?
The cost to cut down a tree can vary from anywhere between $150 on the low side up to $1500 on the high side and beyond depending on the list of factors that influence the cost of tree removal services as listed previously.
What's Included In The Costs?
When getting a quote all costs will vary and what’s included can vary but for most professional tree service companies when giving a quote will include the following in their estimate:
Cutting down tree
Chipping the branches
Cutting tree trunk into manageable sections (where necessary)
Hauling tree trunk away where necessary
*Note - in some cases, certain providers may just give you a cost for cutting down and chipping branches and may charge extra cutting trunk up and hauling it away especially if it's a large job and they're competing on cost. In most cases, it will be included.
What's Not Included In The Costs?
The following are a list of cost that is not usually included in the cost estimate of a tree removal service, you will need to check this with your provider, some may offer it at discount, some may offer it to get the job but unusual, assume these are extra costs when it comes to the removal.
Stump Grinding & Removal
Wood Chopping and Splitting Service
Arborists Assessments and Evaluations
Tree Trimming Costs
The exact cost of hiring a tree trimming service will vary depending on the geographical area, the size and location of the tree, and whether or not you need the tree removed. It's unlikely that is an emergency service you need but if you did, this would also be a factor and possible extra cost.
The following table will give you an average outline of expected tree trimming costs, you will need to check with your local provider but it's a guide to start. Tree trimming varies depending on a number of trees you need to be trimmed and the height and amount of associated work.
The following is just a guideline and approximation, use as a guide of what to expect but make sure you get a few quotes and look for the best value in you quotes making sure your tree expert is reputable and reliable.
Regular Trimming Will Save You Money in Long-term
Regular trimming is advised for many reasons as it helps with the overall management and maintenance of your trees. Trees that get trimmed and pruned on a regular basis are less likely to cause you unexpected costs later as they grow as it helps with the overall health and structure of the tree, on the other hand, trees that are left to grow without maintenance can have weaker limbs and a weak structure with can impact you during high winds and storms.
To reduce high unexpected costs, in the long run, we recommend you do regular maintenance to help with the growth and structure, minimize long-term expected costs and catch potential early tree damage before it spreads. For more manageable costs and healthier trees that are stronger and better prepared for wind and storms, trim regularly.
Other Tree Trimming Costs
Similar to tree removal, certain costs will be extra and can be seen as an add-on to the standard service or at least will impact your quote.
Emergency Tree Trimming - you should expect to pay up to $250 per hour for emergency tree pruning and trimming services.
Limb Clearing and Cutting on Large Trees - To have large limbs cleared from a large tree, you will pay may pay up to $1,000.
Tree Climbers for Trimming - in cases where a company can't access tree by bucket truck you may be charged extra for climbers to access limbs.
Factors that Will Affect The Cost of Tree Trimming
- Location of Trees
- Condition of trees
- Time Since The Last Trimming
- Travel expenses & Specialized Equipment if Required
Although tree trimming costs can be sometimes expensive, it is well worth it to let the professionals handle it for you as it can reduce your overall costs in the long run as we pointed out early- regular maintenance is can reduce your long-term costs and improve the health of your trees.
Tree Pruning Costs
The majority of homeowners hire professionals to do their tree trimming, however getting a cost or an estimate quickly is difficult without taking some things into consideration. There are few factors to consider on bringing an estimate together for a homeowner.
Factors Affecting The Cost of a Tree Pruning Quote
Tree Size - The size of the tree has the largest impact on the total amount that you will pay for a professional tree pruning service. It makes sense that a larger, taller tree will cost more to prune than a smaller, shorter one.
Larger trees have more branches, and they take a lot longer to trim and prune. An approximate breakdown of the average prices for a professional tree pruning is as follows:
Factors that Will Affect The Cost of Tree Pruning
- Location of Trees
- Condition of trees
- Time Since The Last Pruning
Stump & Root Removal Costs
When a tree needs to be removed, one can be relieved to have it down reducing your concern and having eventually getting is dealt with.
often homeowners leave the stumps as they seem unimportant until sometime after you do wonder, should get them removed and bring the garden back to its full potential and tree-stump fee.
Stump removal is a separate task and a different job entirely to cutting down a tree but you can get a quote for it all to be completed in the one go unless you want to deal with it later.
Stump removal costs will vary depending on a variety of factors, most notably whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. Assuming you want to here professionals and you want a cost
Factors that Can Impact The Price of Stump Removal:
Diameter - the overall diameter or width of a tree at the trunk or base level often will determine the cost at which it will take to remove it. The average per inch costing is somewhere between $2 - $3 with a minimum charge in some cases of up to $100. If there is a minimum charge it will be because of the transportation of the stump grinder. Tree companies like to minimise the amount of equipment they bring and operate.
Number of Stumps - the more needs to be done the longer it takes and the more labour it takes, you could try and get a reduced rate if you have a few stumps to be done to make it more worthwhile for the service provider.
Age of The Stump - older stumps may have deteriorated and can be easier to remove
Soil Condition - Stoney or rocky conditions have been harder on equipment and you may be charged more where there is the risk of damaging the grinder.
Clean-up - Where you require the ground to be returned to its originality, it will cost you more for this maintenance.
Alternative Stump Charges
Per Hour Charge - in the case where you have a lot of stumps to be removed, a company may charge you a per hourly rate of say $140-$160.
Flat Rate Charge - this type of charge is given where you have many tree stumps and they are all of an average size, say 10 stumps of a 12-inch diameter approximately $480 if priced at $2 per inch.
3. Other Tree Service Costs
Fallen Tree Removal that is not an emergency call out will cost you a lot less than a standing tree removal, this is for a number of reasons such as low risk, less need of heavy equipment, minimum time and effort and easy to handle again this will depend on a number things assuming such as access and it has not fallen on property etc. You can expect to pay the cost of a minimum of around $90 and up to $200 again depending on work and size of the tree. An average of around 150 or less would reasonable to expect to assume no additional factors increase the costs.
Tree Branch and Limb Removal
If you looking to just have some branches cut or maybe some limbs cut back, your costs will depend on how long it takes, remember that any branches affecting your power lines can be dealt with through you local utility supplier. Alternatively, you will need to call your local tree expert to remove them, You can expect to pay around $240-$250 per hour, this will vary depending on where you live but it a broad average to expect.
Other Costs That Will Impact Your Final Quote:
Hardwoods - For trees like Oak that are known for their durability, toughness and density, these trees are why we love them, difficult to handle and will take longer to cut down because of their qualities, where possible we think you should only fell an oak if absolutely necessary and when you do, always plant another in its place. Expect to pay up to $1000 on the high side for an oak but this will depend on size and conditions. Hardwoods include trees such as ash, birch, maple, elm, oak and walnut.
Softer wood that is easier to work with such as Pine is a lot easier to handle and grows quicker as well which his why we use it a lot for building and garden furniture. As its a softer wood and a little easier to work with it can be a less than the cost of Oak but most Pine’s are at a height of 40ft-60ft which can be on the high side and some Pines are a lot taller. So while it's a softer wood and easier to manage it is taller and can a little riskier depending on where a company is felling it. A low cost will be around $200 and the high cost could range up to $1500 for extra large pines. Softwoods include trees such as pine, spruce, fir, cedar and juniper.
Palm Tree Service Cost - For an average palm tree at a height of approximately 30 ft, you can expect to pay an average of around $300 with a low cost of $150 and a high cost of $450. For palm trees that are taller and up to 80 feet, you can spend anywhere between a $1000 and $1500 depending on the complexity of the tree and its location.
4. Extra Costs & Added Services
Add-on or extra cost services are those services that you can in most cases pay extra for so when you get a quote, in the majority of cases the following services are not included, there are exceptions to this rule, some providers may include it and in a more rural area with fewer providers and a low level of competitions, some providers may include them or offer it as part of the package.
You should expect that your tree service professional when giving you a quote will simply provide a quote for the tree cutting and felling the tree so it can be taken away for you.
Removing the tree wood varies for some providers, some owners want to keep the wood and some providers stipulate in their contract that once they cut the tree the wood become their ownership.
You will need to assess what the process is for each quote you get, find out if the price includes taking it away. You could bargain one provider against another in the case one is taking it away for a certain cost and one provider is cutting it down an a similar cost but has not included the removal, you could use this to get a better deal but always ask for a cost breakdown and find out if removal is included.
Assuming you want the timber removed, then go with the quote that gives you the best value for money not necessarily the lowest cost as you will end up paying again for extra services later.
Add-on Services Costs
Stump Removal - In almost all cases, stump removal is not included as it involves the add inconvenience of bringing along another large machine and a lot of labor to operate it.
Often you can get a better rate if you combine the stump removal with the tree removal as its saves the service provider added transport costs and they are already on the job.
Different equipment is required and is a separate task to tree removal. Costs are determined by the diameter of the stump, low costs are around $60 and a high cost of $360 with an average of round $160 - $180. Stump removal cost around $2-$3 an inch with some providers including a minimum fee.
Limb chipping - In a lot of cases tree experts provide the chipping as part of their service due to the convenience of it and reducing the need to transport branches elsewhere.
However if you have got a quote from a local tree professional and its not included you may ask to have it done, maybe you want to use the chipping as mulch for tree ground protection etc.
Expect to pay $80 - $150 for it and may cost you extra if you have a lot of chipping to be done.
Cutting & Log Splitting - if you like your fire and you have a fire place and you want to use your timber for firewood, you can request the timber to be cut and split. This is additional and expect to pay an extra $100 on to the bill cost, again this will depend on the amount of timber and cutting involved. You will need to check with the tree company their policy for the timber, some will let you keep it, some tree companies have a contract of ownership once they cut it. Some companies may reduce your quote because they don't have to haul it away and just charge you for the cutting and splitting.
Travel Expense - This is an unlikely cost but one you have be charge with if you are living in a remote area or far from your nearest tree professional. This expense wont be much anywhere between $50 - $100 approximately.
Trunk Removal - in most cases this is included in the price but where it is not and if the tree provider is competing on price they may not include this but as an add-on cost. Expect to pay between $50 - $300 but you may pay more if you have a lot of timber to be taken away.
Trimming & Cutting Back - in the case where you are getting some tree removed and you need some additional trees cut back or trimmed, this is a service on it own. Trimming and cutting back will greatly depend on the amount of work involved and is hard to price and may have a low cost of $100 and a high cost of $1000. The average tree trimming job falls at around $450 to $500. Again cost will depend on the height of trees, location to buildings and power lines, and accessibility as well as tree health.
Pruning - Tree pruning is an obvious separate cost and more of a separate cost as opposed to an add-on cost, can be unusual to require it in addition to other work, usually is done on it own and has its own specialisation. Expect to pay anywhere between $90 - $300 for young small trees to be pruned. Will depend on a number of trees and the time involved to get an exact quote.
It will depend on the number of trees and the time involved to get an exact quote. Contact us here to get a local quote that gives a better idea of the final cost
Arborist Evaluations - Requiring an arborist to give you an assessment of your trees can cost you up to $120 per hour, this will depend on where you are and how far they have to travel, certified arborists usually involve an amount of travel unless you are lucky to be close to one.
This will reduce the travel time and associated costs. This is a cost worth spending as it gives you a better perspective on the health of your trees and how to best deal with them and preserve them saving you one on your removal cost in come cases but not all.
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