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The Average Cost of Tree Removal

If there is one task that you should leave to the professionals, it is removing a tree. Without the skills and proper training, it can be a life-threatening endeavor to take. Before making a call to your prospective local tree company, it is wise to learn about the average cost for tree removal, so you wouldn't be easily conned. The price for cutting down a tree constitutes different factors. The cost can go as little as $125 or as high as $1,000 and beyond. 

While it is impossible to give you a standard price without seeing the tree first, we can provide you with a rough estimate of how much it can cost to eliminate your trees. This is based on various factors such as size, diameter, condition, and accessibility of the tree involved. 

A general norm: the bigger the tree, the higher the cost will be. 

  • A relatively small tree not taller than 25 feet will cost between $100 and $500.
  • A tree of more than 25 feet but not taller than 75 feet can cost from $200-$1000.
  • A tree higher than 75 feet can cost $1500 or more. 

Significant Factors that Affect Tree Removal Pricing

Accessibility - Where the tree is placed will definitely say something about the final cost of tree removal. If it is located in an open space where it can be easy for the tree company to cut it down, it can cost you less. However, if it is sandwiched between houses, buildings, or other fixed structures, it is safe to assume that you need more cash on hand. 

Tree height - Generally, the more massive the tree, the more expensive the final cost gets. 

Emergency tree removal - It is typical for the cost of tree removal service to go up following a storm due to the urgency and danger involved. 

Time of removal - The months of February to March can be the most relaxed time for many tree service companies because trees are in a dormant state. Having your tree removed during this time may cost less than usual. 

Equipment - Tree removal may be cheaper if the location allows the use of standard equipment. However, if the tree's condition and location prohibit the use of necessary equipment, the task will require more effort and time. Thus, spiking up the cost of the service. 

Beware of Low Prices

It is common practice for con artists and fly-by-night companies to win their customers with low bids. Reliable and trustworthy companies invest in cutting-edge equipment, maintain the quality of their service, and keep up to their reputation, which means they will not charge you with anything less than they deserve. If the estimate is too low, it may be because the company does not intend to finish the task or if they do, it may not be of good quality. Always be vigilant when it comes to hiring a company to perform your tree removal. After all, it is not only your tree that is at stake but also your safety. 

Multiple Bids

It is recommended to obtain at least three estimates from various tree removal companies. Do not be surprised if the quotes are not exactly the same because each contractor will take on the task differently, hence the difference in cost. Do your part on researching before you decide to hire a tree service. While it is difficult to put a price on excellent tree service, it is best to know what you are getting yourself into.


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