The Ultimate Guide to Tree Removal Cost: What Should You Expect to Pay?

Chris Yu
Chris Yu

Chris Yu has been helping home and business owners with tree services for over 12+ years and is dedicated to providing relevant, proper tree information for everyone.

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Are you in need of a tree removal service? Maybe a storm knocked one down or your tree appears unruly.

Tree removal may sound cut and dry. But, this service branches out into a number of different categories.

Your tree removal cost will vary based on what you need to get done. Do you know what price range you are looking at?

If you need a tree removed from your property, then you want to pay a fair price. Keep reading to learn all the basics before you call your local tree removal experts!

Basic Tree Removal Cost

Rule of thumb, you will pay based on the size of the tree that you need to be removed from your property. The bigger the tree, the higher the price you can expect to pay.

The average cost of tree removal runs around:

  • $100 to $500 for a tree up to 25′
  • $200 to $1000 for a tree ranging from 25′ to 75′
  • $300 to $700  for a tree over 60′

Some larger trees may cost a good deal more. If you don’t know how to estimate the measurement in feet you may want to consider the type of tree.

For instance, pine trees that need removal typically run between 40′ and 100′ tall. Their trunks do not gain as much girth as some other species of trees, but they typically grow extremely tall, so you may pay as much as $1,500 for a monster pine.

An oak tree, on the other hand, carries a serious diameter but does not grow much more than 70′. You can expect to spend somewhere within the range of $200 and $1,000 on oak tree removal, depending on the actual dimensions.

Basic removal service typically covers chopping down the tree, cutting it into manageable sizes. Note, this does not always include hauling the tree off of the property, so make sure you ask about this.

You may want or need the tree cut down if it creates a risk for falling, it makes too much shade over your swimming pool, the fall cleanup becomes too much, or you simply do not like the way it looks in your yard.

Fallen Tree Service

You should remove a fallen tree on your property as quickly as possible. Animals may nest in fallen trees, and if it’s close to the house, then you run the risk of a pest problem.

This service costs less, as it requires less work with the tree already on the ground. Expect to pay anywhere from about $75 to $150, depending on the size of it. 

Again, this cost covers chopping the tree. Typically hauling it away will be an additional charge.

Tree Branch Trim

Sometimes tree branches grow out of control. They may begin to scratch at your home or cause damage or suddenly obstruct power lines, creating a fire hazard.

Other times, storms break the branches. This poses a serious danger for people or property near the tree.

In any of these instances, you should have the branches removed. Branch removal can cost you a couple hundred dollars or more depending on how many needs to be taken out.

Tree Stump Removal

After chopping down a tree, the stump still remains. Depending on the type of tree, this portion could be deeply rooted in the ground.

You don’t want to just leave the stump in your yard. Somebody could get hurt, like a curious kid, and then you as the homeowner are liable for an injury on your property.

Plus, stumps create serious eyesores in lawns. Your neighbors will complain sooner rather than later.

A company may charge you for clearing out the land. The hourly rate may run somewhere around $150 per hour, give or take. If they charge you based on the diameter of the stump, you might pay about $2.50 per inch.

Stump grinding, with a large power tool, may cost anywhere from $75-$1,000 depending on how much wood they need to work with, and this will leave sawdust behind.

Don’t expect to spend less than $100, as that is a typical minimum for stump clearing. If they need to clear multiple stumps, you will most likely pay less per stump after the first.

Is the Cost of Tree Removal Worth It?

After seeing the prices, you may question whether you should do it yourself or still hire a professional. To answer this, how much do you actually know about removing trees?

You should hire a professional tree removal service for the following reasons.


Fist and foremost, this can turn into a risky business. The tools used to cut down a large tree, trim branches, or grind trunks can seriously injure or even kill a person.

Moreover, professionals know how to spot tree risks, where branches may break and fall while they work. They also know how to land a tree in the proper position and not onto themselves or a co-worker.

Trimming branches often requires getting high up to reach them. You could fall to your death and in instances where the branches lay near powerlines, you run a serious risk of electrocution.

Property Damage

If you chop a large branch or full tree wrong, it could fall in an unintended direction. If it hits your house, car, or anything else expensive, then you will wish you hired an expert.

You can also cause a ton of damage to your yard with DIY stump removal methods. The chemicals will also kill your lawn if not placed properly and in an attempt to uproot it, you could remove a massive amount of Earth.

Aesthetic Reasons

If you give it a go, you will realize why it costs so much to remove trees. Chopping trees and pruning branches is way more difficult than it looks.

If you do not prune the trees correctly, you could create eyesores and actually hurt the trees so they no longer grow properly. Leave it to the pros!

Call for Tree Service Today

You may require these services more a number of reasons. But, you will always find that the tree removal cost is worth saving yourself from the hassle and dangers of a DIY job.

We want to help you with prompt and quality service. Contact us for an accurate estimate on the job you need!

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