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Cheap Tree Cutting Services Near Me
Updated: 16 January 2020
Finding the cheapest tree cutting services near you is always a moving target, but I am going to take you through step by step how to find them.
There is a summary of steps here, but below I go into more detail.
You will save an average of 43% by following these techniques.
Find the cheap ones by:
- Internet search “tree cutting service + [your city/town]”
- Skip page one results and go straight to page two
- Eliminate the expensive ones by workload*
- Try call during winter |(always cheaper)
- Use this FREE services to get matched with top voted local servicesI go into more detail about the above 5 points, so to learn more, keep on reading…
Its all in the search
Internet search technique for cheapest removal service
It all starts with an Internet search! That’s how you got to this page and that’s how you’re going find the cheapest tree services, but what you don’t want go with the companies that you find on page 1 of Google search, Yellow pages or even Yelp.
The problem with page 1 companies is they have all paid a pretty penny to be found first. It is no accident that they’re at the top of the results, they’re not on page 1 by accident.
Why is bad for you?
Because tree services with large marketing budgets need to pass those costs on to consumers. It’s just how it works, they’re not trying to rip you off, they just have a different marketing strategy.
They go for a large volume of customers and higher prices which they feel yields them more profit at the end of the month or year.
Pro tip #1: if you want to find the cheapest tree removal service near you, start by skipping page one of Google, Yellow pages, Yelp, True Local etc.
WHEN to hire is key
Now that you know where to look for better priced tree companies, next you need to know WHEN to look.
All small businesses, especially trades, have no real fixed prices for their service. They just make up the price on the spot. It’s not like a taxi service or buying groceries, they can charge what they like.
If you can catch a company that doesn’t have a lot of work on, chances are they will give you a better price. Let me explain…
If a tree services business has 3-4 weeks of work booked and it advance, more than likely they will start to rise their prices to try and slow down the amount of work that is coming in.
This screenshot shows Google Trends for tree services related searches over a 5 year period.
The opposite is true when they have very little on.
During winter for example, when there is very little work going around, tree companies are handing out much cheaper prices to the tune of 20 to 30% discount. This is because very few companies have any work on at all and I willing to drop their prices to win the work.
Pro tip #2: If you can’t wait for winter, you can just ring up a prospective tree company and say “hey I was hoping to get a tree removed in the next few days, how much work do you have on at the moment? Can you help?
By their reaction will know how much work they have on and how likely they are to give you a good price.
People make the mistake of thinking because the company is in high demand, they are handing out cheap prices. It’s just not true.
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- Scroll up to the top of the page and enter your ZIP Code in the blue form at the top of the page.
- Give us a few details about your tree trimming or removal job plus some contact information.
- You tree details are forwarded on to the closest three tree services all voted best priced who will also price your tree job.
What should tree trimming cost?
It’s a bit like asking how long a piece of string is… The answer is it depends. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing tree trimming. You can imagine that removing a huge branch of an oak tree would cost a lot more than removing a few small fronds off a palm tree.
That being said I can tell you that the average price in 2019 for tree trimming is $438.
That is an average across the board, if you were looking for a price for a single palm trim for example it would cost you about $75.
Then again if you want to price to remove a multitude of branches of large trees you’re probably looking closer to $2500.
I guess it all comes down to the volume of branches that need removing, but more importantly how long the job is going to take.
For more detailed and accurate prices, please use the tree trimming cost calculator below or check out our detailed tree trimming cost guide.
What is the average cost of tree removal in my area?
In general your zip code does not dictate how much a tree will cost to cut down, so we can give you a fairly accurate price just based on the national average is so far for 2019.
The average cost for tree removal is $847. That price includes trees as small as 15ft. right up to 80ft. monsters.
To work out how much tree removal costs, use the below calculator to easily get an accurate price. To be honest you are the best just biting-the-bullet and getting 3-4 quotes from local tree cutting services.
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We can go into a lot of detail about tree removal and tree trimming costs, but the best way is to just get a few companies to come around and give you a price.
By requesting quotes using our service, you’ll be put in touch with 3 companies all voted as best price by previous uses for tree trimming and removal in your area.
As discussed above, prices quoted by tree cutting services fluctuate depending on how much work they have on, so using our real-time service we are able to pinpoint with a reasonable amount of accuracy who is the best price tree service near you.
Why some local tree services that charge 340% more
Once you start getting a few prices from local tree arborist, you will find that there can be a large variation in price is quoted. Generally your medium to large companies will quote you higher prices. The reason being they generally spend a lot more money on marketing and need to pass that cost onto the customer.
Remember when comparing quotes you can really only compare apples to apples, meaning you can’t look at a friends’ quote and say this company is charging me twice as much for a similar job. Although two trees being removed may look similar, there are quite a few things that add to the price such as location on property, access to the tree and not to mention size and difficulty to remove.
At the end of the day the longer it takes to cut a tree down, more a tree cutting service will charge you.
Tree cutting service prices
Tree removal price – The national average so far in 2019 for tree–Removal is $847. This is for a single tree in suburbia. This price includes trees starting at 15 feet and ranging all the way up to 80 feet, so for more accurate price I do suggest you consult your local tree cutting service or the calculator tool below.
Tree trimming cost – The cost for tree trimming does vary depending on the size of the tree in question and the number of branches being removed. Another factor is obstacles. Does the branch stretched out over the roof of a house or is it over a shed or a fence. Tree trimming generally starts at $75 for a single palm trim, but the average cost for tree trimming is about $438.
Arborist report cost – This is one service where prices are generally fixed for each company so they will be able to quote you a price over the phone. The cost of a tree arborist report is normally $350-$450. I do suggest that you ring around and ask prices before you get an arborist out to inspect the job.
Tree inspection price – This is something that doesn’t usually have a fixed price and most companies generally don’t claim to charge for, it just depends on the purpose for the inspection.
A lot of the time you will have a branch or whole tree that you know needs removal and you want to confirmation from the arborist. This generally happens during the quoting process so you could call it a tree inspection.
If you have no intention of getting any tree work done and you just want your trees looked at by a professional purely out of interest, to see if they are safe, I can imagine an arborist charging about $150 for this service. Unlike an arborist report there will be no formal report written and just verbal recommendations.
Stump grinding cost – This is a service most tree companies can do. They do need to have a stump grinding machine to perform stump removal. About 80 to 90% of companies do have this machinery, but if they don’t they can put you in touch with someone who does.
The cost of stump grinding gently starts at $75 and can range right up to six or $600 for much larger stumps.
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What is the cheapest time of year for tree cutting services?
Winter is always going to be the best time of year to get tree cutting service to maintain your trees. This is because tree service generally have a lot less work on during the colder months and would be happy to charge cheaper prices to win your work.
Are there FREE tree cutter service near me?
This a fairly common question from customers and the short answer is no. You’re going to have a lot of trouble trying to find someone to come out and remove your tree in exchange for firewood or something like that. It’s just really not worth it for the tree cutting service.
Generally when they price a tree removal job, they take into consideration that they will get some firewood at the end and be able to sell it on in a couple of winters time, but the amount of labour that goes into properly drying, splitting and bagging firewood, it would never make it worthwhile to the company to do the job free.
That being said if you do live on a large property and you do have some very desirable timber or a large number of trees that could be used for milling, you could contact a forestry company who might be interested in the timber to remove the trees for free. The timber will have a much higher resale value than just plain old firewood, so it would be worth their while.
What does tree cutting cost per hour?
Tree cutting is a services that does not charge by the hour. This is because every tree service is different with different overheads.
For example you have 2 companies who both bid to remove a 30 ft. pine tree
|Company||Crew members||Price quoted||Time taken||Hourly rate|
|Fred’s Trees||4||$750||6 hours||$125|
|Jason’s Trees||8||$750||3 hours||$250|
Jason’s trees has a company double the size, but can do the job in half the time. This is why they will price tree trimming or tree removal by the job and not an hourly rate. Jason’s tree service seems more expensive, but they ultimately charge the same price for the job completed, they just do it in half the time.
The cost to remove a tree will depend on a few different factors like tree size, spread and location on property. The average cost of tree removal is $870. This is based off country wide data over the last 2 months. To be honest this is a useless figure as it takes the mean price of all trees removed from 15ft. to 70ft. in height.
A small tree 15 – 20 foot will could you around $250 – $400. This will depend on access. The cost of something a little bigger 25 – 40 foot high will cost $500 – $1,900. And very large tree only go up from there in price.
It is possible, but you are going to be hard pressed to get it done free. If the tree has comes down in a storm for example, your insurance will cover it. If you have a desirable Palm tree like a Date Palm, you might be able to get a company to come out and remove it for free as they can then sell it on. For 99.9% of cases, you will need to pay a tree cutting service to remove your tree.
An insurance company will pay for tree removal if it has fallen or suddenly become dangerous (developed a lean over night). This normally follows a storm or cyclone. If your tree is healthy, your insurance will not cover the expense of having it removed.
Fallen trees are covered by insurance. If you have a basic insurance and it is not cover, you are in luck. Fallen trees cost about half the price to remove as trees that are still standing. This is because the hardest and most time consuming process of tree removal is getting the tree on the ground in a safe manner. Once down it is just matter of cleaning it up. Please refer to our article on fallen tree removal cost here.
Tree trimming will vary depending on the tree being trimming, the style of trim, number of branches and how difficult they are to access. The average price of tree trimming is $429, but that the true price range is $75 – $1,800.
Palm trees are the cheapest starting at $75 for small trees. If you have a large oak tree with huge branches overhanging a roof, his is going to be a much harder job to complete so you will pay more.
Large trees 50 foot or more in height will cost on average $1,900. You need to bear in mind prices may vary depending on the type of tree, number of branches and how east the tree is to access. A 50 foot pine tree is a lot cheaper than a 50 ft. Oak tree as Oak tree have larger branches and a lot more timber.
To get a more accurate price you are best getting quotes from local tree cutting services.
Depending on the city you live, your tree might be protected. If that is the case you will need a permit to remove it. You will need to fist check the Tree Preservatio Order or Tree Ordinance for your local city here. If your tree is not considered significant and is not protected you may remove it.
Tree removal and pruning is tricky to quote just by a description. Depending on the size of the tree and difficulty to remove, the price will fluctuate up or down. An on-site inspection is needed to make sure you are given a fair price and the tree service is prepared on the day with the correct machinery.
You may prune any branches that are hanging over your yard from your neighbour’s side, just as long as it is not breaching your cities Tree Ordinance. You may remove your neighbour’s tree after they have given you permission and if it does not breach the council TPO.
Because outdoor type services like lawn care, landscaping and tree maintenance is seasonal, prices can fluctuate depending on the workload of the local services. During winter, especially later winter, tree services are scratching around for work and are much more likely to quote cheaper prices to win your job. If you can hold out, I recommend you get trees removed in winter.
There are a few things you need to look for when selecting a tree service to remove your tree. Firstly when doing an internet search you need to have a look at their reviews. If they have too many 1 and 2 star reviews, you need to keep looking. Next you need to do a background check. Have a look to see how long they have been in business and whether they have changed their trading name recently. When they are out quoting your job you need to ask for an arborist certificate and insurance details.
Most of the time, you will only need to give the tree company access to your yard to do the job. You will not need to be present while the tree is being removed. Arrangements can be made for payment after you have returned home and inspected the finished job.
Stump removal is normally priced separately. If you have a quote for a tree to be removed, make sure they have specify whether that price includes the removal of the stump. If it does not, they may try to get away with charging you an extra fee for removal. This is a dirty trick, but can be easily avoided if you have it written on the quote exactly what is included in the price.
Tree services and their workers are on on minimum wage, so there is not a huge obligation to tip. Tree services also charge like a wounded bull, so adding a tip on top based on a percentage of the price is just going to add insult to injury. Feel free to tip what you like, but it is not really expected.
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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