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Oak Tree Removal Cost + 3 Ways to Save!
Updated: 11 March 2020
The cost of oak tree removal will depend on a few factors such as size of tree, location on property and obstacles around the tree.
The average cost of oak tree removal is $1,600. The range of prices starts at $350 and goes right up to $4,500 for very large and difficult specimens.
I have laid out some cost data below for small, medium and large oak trees as well as their typical cost for removal.
There are also 5 oak tree examples below including what you might pay for removal.
NOTE: DBH stands for Diameter at Beast Height
Small oak tree removal cost
A small oak tree ranging from 12 – 15 ft. tall (Trunk DBH 6”) will cost $275 – $450 for removal depending on the city you live and some other variables with the trees location and access.
Medium oak tree removal cost
A medium sized oak tree ranging in size from 20 – 35 ft. tall (trunk DBH of 8” – 12“) will cost $700 – $1900. As you can appreciate, oak trees do not grow that tall, but rather have a very large canopy spread.
So even though the height is not a lot taller as compared to the small oak tree, the volume of tree is greatly increased.
Large oak tree removal cost
A large Oak tree would be 45 feet tall and wide, with a trunk DBH of 25” – 40”.
This is a serious tree and will cost you anywhere from $2,200 – $4,500 depending on the location of the tree on your property, access for heavy machinery ad obstacles such as power lines, fences or garden sheds.
Oak tree removal examples
For these examples we will talk about the height of the tree, its DBH and things that add to the cost of removal. Below we talk about how to reduce costs greatly in a few simple steps
Example 1: DBH 6”
Cost: from $350
This is a fairly small tree by Oak tree standards with a height of less than 20 feet and a DBH of 6” – 8”. This is a very easy job with no obstacles and good access.
Example 1: DBH 10”
Cost: from $650
This is the next step up from the previous example, sporting a larger trunk diameter and a lot more branches. As far as volume goes it is a larger tree so it will cost more to remove.
As with the first example it has a lot of space to work and good access. You could prices from around $650 and maybe a little cheaper depending on your city and time of year you get it removed.
Example 3: DBH 24”
Cost: from $1,200
This would be considered a medium sized Oak tree and we are starting to venture into high prices for removal. The access is great, so the tree will not take more than a day for even a very small company to remove.
Example 4: DBH ?”
Cost: from $3,200
This removal is a bit of a nightmare. Not only do you have a very large Oak tree with a huge spread overhanding a home, but it is also in the backyard with no rear access.
The only feasible way to remove this tree is to find a company with a crane to lift the tree piece by piece over the house to the front yard. The good news is there is plenty of room to work in the front yard so this is possible. Cranes are expensive hence the expensive price tag.
Example 5: DBH 20” +20” + 20”
Cost: from $3,200
This is a triple trunked large Oak in a backyard. Let’s assume the access is great, you still have an amazing landscape job below the tree which is going to slow down the removal dramatically.
Each branch will need to be roped up and lowed very slowly or a crane would need to be used. Either way it is going to cost a pretty penny to remove.
Will I need a permit?
Whether you need a permit to remove your Oak tree will depend on the local laws relating to tree removal in your city. Every city has a Tree Ordinance which outlines which trees can be removed and which trees will need a permit from council.
If you have a large Oak tree, chances are it is protected and you will need a permit before you proceed, but check your local laws for tree removal here first to be sure.
It is illegal to cut down oak trees that are protected without first obtaining a permit. You will face heavy fines if you illegally remove an Oak tree so please get your facts straight before you proceed.
How to save on the cost of Oak tree removal
As you can see from the above examples the 2 biggest things that add to cost is access and obstacles around the tree. If these were not a problem, you will save hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars.
For more general data on the cost of tree removal, check out our price guide here.
Let’s see if we can save you some money!
Give better access
If you have an Oak tree in your backyard with poor rear access, you need to think about creative ways to grant better access. Sometimes it just isn’t impossible, but a good trick is to speak to a neighbour and see if they will let you access through their place.
If a neighbour has a rear access driveway, you can remove a panel of fencing which gets the tree service close to the tree which saves them time and you money.
Make sure you arrange this with your neighbour BEFORE you get tree services out to quote the job. That way they know how the quote the job so you save.
If you have a beautiful lawn or garden below the Oak tree you want to remove tree, you need to weigh up and calculate cost of a tree services charging you double because it’s going to take twice as long, or them making some divots on your lawn and breaking a few plants.
A good trick is to dig out any plant worth saving under the tree before the removal takes place. Same goes for garden furniture, panels of fencing and anything else that might slow down the removal process.
You need to make it clear to the tree service what you expect when they quote, so they know how to quote. In my view the lawn will grow back to let them do what they must and throw some top soil on afterwards.
Do it in winter
Tree services are usually pretty quiet in the winter months so waiting to the later part of winter to ask for a quote is going to catch them when they have little work on.
Supply and demand dictates they will be falling over each other trying to win your business and you can expect their prices to fall also.
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The price will vary greatly depending on the size of the tree job. You can expect to pay an average of $873, but the real range is anywhere from $225 right up to $3,900 for much larger trees.
If you have a tree that poses a risk to one of their services such as interfering with power lines, sewage systems or anything of the like, then you can contact the city who will remove the tree.
Yes. There are a couple of reasons for this. The deciduous trees are a little easier to work on as they do not have any leaves. They are lighter and there is less clean up at the end. The biggest reason though is there is a lot less demand for tree services in winter. With an over-supply of companies and a low demand, tree companies will bid lower and lower prices to win the work. This put you in pole position to get some great quotes on your tree job.
You can try, but in most cases the tree service will need to come out and view the job first. Every tree is different and so is the difficulty or ease to remove. A tree contractor will need to take into consideration not only the tree itself, but also the access, location on property and obstacles around the tree. This is impossible to quote from a photo or a description over the phone.
Generally the answer is no. If the tree has fallen in a storm, your home owners insurance will cover it, but if it is healthy and you just want it remove, you are going to be hard pressed to find someone willing to work for free. Tree service companies are expensive to run as they have large overheads with insurance and labor costs. They will need to charge you to do the work to make a living.
This will depend on the council laws on tree removal in your area. Every local council has what’s called a Tree Preservation Order. This outlines the rules regarding tree removal. An example of a rule might be; “If the tree has a trunk circumference of 1.0m or more when measured at 1m above ground level will need a permit for removal.” To see the TPO for your area go here.
This will depend on the company you use as some will have that option in place and others won’t. If you need financing then you should check with the company before you go ahead with any work as it is not a standard practice.
In general, you are liable to pay for tree removal. You can claim on your home insurance if the tree has fallen and caused damage, the removal is then covered by the insurance. If you have a tree that is going to affect one of the city’s services such as the power lines, then they will pay for the removal. But if you just simply want a tree removed, you have to pay.
A big factor in answering this question is what type of tree is it. There are some trees, for example, pine trees, where the roots grow down into the ground rather than out, and therefore, have very little impact on your house’s foundation. However, if the tree is one where the roots spread out, then you should definitely have it removed. The cost of removing the tree now is far cheaper than having to deal with building repairs in the future when the tree’s roots start to damage your home.
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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