The need for emergency tree removal typically comes about when a tree has fallen on a fence, house, car, or power lines and the tree poses an immediate danger to persons or property.

The cost of emergency tree removal ranges from $879 – $6,150. Typically you can expect to pay 2 x or 3 x the regular price of tree removal.

The cost of emergency tree removal can vary depending on how dangerous and time-consuming the job is and the time and day.

A Sunday night job at 10 p.m. to remove a tree that has fallen in a storm on your home will be expensive.

There are some clever ways to save though which are explored below.

Emergency tree removal cost

National Average$2,450
Typical Range$1,250 - $6,150
After Hours work (inc. weekends)up to $10,500

Emergency fallen tree removal cost

SituationAverageLowHigh
On power lines$4,250$1,950$8,200
On a house$3,950$1,500$6,350
On a fence$1,875$1,290$3,290
In yard$1,320$950$2,500

11 Signs your tree needs emergency removal

There are lots of situations trees may need to be removed with haste. Emergency tree removal is generally more expensive than waiting for the tree service to book you in after other clients. Here are the 11 signs a tree needs emergency removal:

  • Leaning tree
  • Fallen tree
  • Close proximity to cables
  • Broken or shedding branches
  • Split tree trunk
  • Diseased or sick tree
  • Roots threatening structures
  • You’re selling your home
  • Storm or weather disaster
  • Cavities in the trunk
  • Root ball bulging

1. Leaning tree

If your tree develops lean in a short period, it could mean it is no longer structurally stable and may need removal. This can happen after a storm where the ground softens, and the roots shift in the soft ground. In some cases, the tree can be saved, but in most cases, it will need to be removed.

2. Fallen tree

If a tree has fallen across power lines, a home, or any other structure, you may require emergency tree removal. If the position of the fallen tree is dangerous, it is best to first call emergency services before calling a local tree service. They can make the tree safe for further work.

3. Closer Proximity to Cables

If your tree is growing closer and closer to power lines, you may need to remove it. In most cases, you can trim the branches that are within an 8-foot range of the lines, but if the tree is leaning toward them, it may need to go.

4. Broken or shedding branches

Summer branch drop is a phenomenon where tree branches fall from a seemingly healthy tree without warning. This can be isolated or can occur more than once. This generally happens during a prolonged drought when trees don’t have the resources to sustain all branches. See advice from a certified arborist, but removal may be required.

5. Split tree trunk

A split tree trunk on a large tree after a storm is an indication emergency tree removal services are required. It is near impossible to save a tree with a slip trunk, and will more than likely lead to a full structural failure.

6. Diseased or sick tree

Sick and diseased trees may be impossible to save, and depending on the disease, you may need to remove the tree ASAP before the disease spreads to surrounding trees. Oak wilt is a great example of this.

7. Roots threatening structures

If it has been discovered that a tree is causing structural damage to a home or permanent structure, you will need emergency tree removal services to cut the tree down before it gets any worse. If the issue is roots, you may be able to trim the roots and install a root guard, but doing so might upset the tree’s stability. See an arborist’s advice, but removal may be necessary.

8. You’re selling your homes

An unsightly tree can bring down the value of a home by up to 4.1%. Removing the tree will increase curb appeal and drive the price higher. Call for an emergency tree removal service and get your home ready for market.

9. Storm or weather disaster

After a storm or weather event, many trees become structurally unsound and need emergency removal. This can be caused by stripped branches, unbalanced trees, split tree trunks, bulging roots, or leaning trees. Speak to a local arborist and be sure a permit is not required before you begin work.

10. Cavities in Trunk

Large cavities could indicate structural issues with your tree. Depending on the location and extent of the cavity, the tree may be deemed a hazard and needs emergency removal.

11. Root ball buldging

Bulging root balls tend to go hand in hand with leaning trees. After prolonged rain, the ground softens, and then, with some wind, a tree can develop a lean because the roots can no longer support the tree. There is generally little hope in this situation, and the tree may need to be removed.

Get Matched with a Tree Removal Expert in Your State

Hiring emergency tree service near me

Hiring an emergency tree removal service should really be a last resort. Basically, an “emergency” tree service near you is just a regular tree removal service that you have asked to drop everything and help you.

If the tree has fallen but is in a safe spot and you can bear looking at it for a week or two, then you are going to save hundreds.

If the tree has fallen over wires or on your home, I suggest you call the state emergency service to make the tree safe, then contact a regular tree service to cut up and remove the fallen tree.

How to save on emergency tree removal

To save yourself 50% minimum of the cost of emergency tree removal, make sure your first call is to emergency services (911) and not a private tree company.

Each state will have an emergency service to deal with trees that have fallen over power lines, or on homes, so call 911 and explain to the operator the extent of the damage caused by the tree and what is required.