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Tree Removal Cost Calculator
This page and the below calculator were put together so you can calculate an accurate cost of tree removal before getting firm quotes.
We have made it easy by sing the 3 main factors that determine tree removal or tree trimming costs:
• Tree size
• Number of trees
• location of tree
With these basic inputs we can give you a price within a 5% error margin for what your tree removal is likely to cost you.
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How much does tree removal typically cost?
We get a lot of calls asking about the typical or average cost of tree removal, but the reality is there really isn’t one.
I can give you the national average so far this year for tree removal which is $871, but it hardly helps you determine a price for your tree removal.
Every tree really is unique as is your particular tree in relation to its surroundings which also have a large baring on the cost of tree removal.
We will explore this in a little more detail below.
Author: Ben McInerney – Ben is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicating to providing users with the most accurate up to date information on everything trees.
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The 5 components that influence price
The below are the 3 factors that we have used to calculate the cost of tree removal. There are a lot of other small factors that can add or subtract from price, but those other factors are very minor and will only sway the price by a couple of percentage points.
1. Tree size, spread and volume
The height of your tree is key, but so is the number of branches and the spread of those branches. To illustrate this point below is a picture of a Pine tree removal example and an Oak tree both of similar heights.
The Oak on the left has a lot more volume and spread to it than the pine on the right. The Oak would literally have 2 x the volume of wood and take twice as long to complete the removal. You could expect to pay double the price for the Oak tree removal even though they both have similar heights.
2. Number of trees
Bit of an obvious one so I won’t go into too much detail, but only say that two trees does not mean double the price. It’s a bit like buy in bulk and save. The larger the job the more resources a tree removal service will put towards the job.
This means they are able to do the job quicker and you save.
Again it is hard to give exact examples as it does depend on a lot of factors, but you get the idea.
3. Front or backyard
This can be a big factor when calculating the price for tree removal. Look at the below example. We have two trees that are almost identical, one is in the front yard with easy access, and one is in the backyard.
Even though the trees are roughly the same size, the tree in the front yard will cost about half the price as the one in the back yard if the access is poor.
With poor access the tree service will be forced to manually drag the entire tree piece by piece out to their truck and chipper at the front of the house. This takes time and man power which costs more money.
Following on from the above example, we need to talk about access. Above we have two trees of equal size. One is in the front yard, the other in the back yard.
If you can grant good access to the tree in the backyard then the price for removing either tree would be about the same.
Look at the image below, one has a wide rear access driveway, the other a small side gate. If you want to save on tree removal you need to do anything you can to grant better access to the tree services.
When you have a tree that is in close proximity to power lines and homes, the process for removing the tree is a little different and the whole job takes longer.
If the tree in question was in an open yard with no obstacles and it could be cut from the base and felled, the cost for removal would be less.
Other obstables to consider when calculating the cost of tree removal is cluttered patios with outdoor furniture and posts, fences, sheds and anything else between the tree and the ground.
Pro tip: You can save yourself quite a bit of money by removing the obstacles before you get a quote for the job. If your local tree cutting service sees the easy to access and uncluttered work space they will more than likely give you a price.
Do you tip for tree removal?
Tree removal companies are not working for minimum wage, nor are their laborers. If you felt you wanted to tip them I would not discourage it, but it is not standard practice.
Something that is always appreciated is cold drinks on a hot day, but if you did decide to give them some extra money, I would hand it directly to the workers and not the boss as he is making more than enough profit on your job already.
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