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How Much Does Tree Removal Cost? 2022 Pricing Guide

Lauren Nowacki6-Minute Read
August 24, 2022

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The prices listed in this article are based on the most recent information from HomeAdvisor, as of August 4, 2022.  

Most homeowners may not think about tree removal until there is an emergency. At that point, you’ll need to spend the money whether you’re prepared to or not. Knowing the average tree removal cost can help you save for the expense, whether you’ve been planning your landscaping vision down to the very last blade of grass or a natural event is requiring you to remove it ASAP.

How Much Does It Cost To Remove A Tree?

Most homeowners can expect to pay anywhere between $200 and $2,000 for professional tree removal services. However, you’ll probably pay closer to $750 to remove an average-sized tree. Of course, these prices can vary depending on the tree’s size, height, location and health.

If you’re not sure whether the tree needs to be removed, you can hire an arborist to examine it for an additional cost – about $940, on average. This expert will also determine the safest way to remove the tree in question.

Average Cost Of Tree Removal Services

Knowing what you can expect to pay for tree removal services is critical as you budget – whether that’s for your larger landscaping plans, home maintenance fund or emergency savings.

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Tree removal companies tend to charge based on height, so small or large trees can fall outside of this range. However, with many variables outside of the height of the tree at play, the total amount you will end up paying also depends on other cost-determining factors, such as the risk involved and the health of the tree.

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Tree Removal Pricing Factors

Removal prices will depend on several factors, which may make the job more complicated or risky or require more machinery. It’s best to do your own research to find an accurate cost estimate. You can also save money by shopping around. Have a few local tree removal or landscaping companies provide quotes to compare prices.

Along with the company you choose to work with, the following factors will also affect the price.

Size Of The Tree

Not surprisingly, the diameter and number of trunks can impact the total tree removal cost since bigger, thicker trees take more effort and time to cut through. The bigger they are, the harder they are to make fall.

Height Of The Tree

The height of the tree being removed can also increase the price. Here are the average price ranges for each height consideration.

  • Small tree (under 30 feet): $200 – $500
  • Medium tree (30 – 60 feet): $420 – $1,200
  • Tall tree (over 60 feet): $800 – $1,500

If a tree is over 80 feet, it may cost even more – typically up to $2,000.

Especially tall trees, or trees too skinny to safely climb may require the use of a crane. If that’s the case, you may need to tack on that additional expense for around $250 – $600, based on average prices.

Location Of The Tree

The geographical location of the homeowner’s property and the accessibility of the tree will affect the price. Proximity to power lines, buildings and other obstacles can make removal more dangerous and require more planning.

Based on the tree’s location you may have to pay for:

  • Mileage or flat-rate fee for travel to remote locations
  • Additional work and machinery needed to reach hard-to-access trees
  • Utility company work or consultation for trees near power lines

Health Of The Tree

The tree’s health can also impact the price – both positively or negatively. A dying or rotten tree may be less expensive to remove than a healthy one as it may weigh less or require less pruning. If it’s already fallen due to rot, it may only cost up to about $150 to take care of it. However, if the tree has weak branches, a significant lean or other problems with its structural integrity, it may be more expensive. That’s because it poses more risk and may require supports or other safety measures to remove it. In some cases, you may need a skilled arborist to evaluate the tree and make recommendations on how to take it down properly and safely.

Job Timeline

An emergency tree removal job may cost more due to the urgency of the situation. There may be an extra fee for last-minute appointments.

Tree Removal Pricing Based On Species

The species of the tree can also impact its removal costs. Each species will have different features that may make the job more or less complicated and, thus, more or less expensive.

Here are a few of the most common species and how they affect the cost to remove a tree.

Ash

Ash trees can reach heights of 60 – 120 feet. While beautiful, ash trees are susceptible to several types of pests and diseases, including the emerald ash borer beetle and ash dieback disease. The average price to remove a mature ash is about $250 – $1,800.

Cedar

The aromatic tree species typically have large, durable trunks and belong to the pine family. They can grow to more than 100 feet. It costs about $250 – $1,500 to remove a cedar.

Maple

There are around 200 different types of maples, ranging in size and form. Many have thick branches and are known for their vibrant fall colors. Medium-sized maples can grow to about 30 feet. However, large maples can grow well over 130 feet and are more expensive to remove. The average cost to remove this tree is $250 – $2,000.

Oak

Oak is a popular hardwood due to its toughness. Its durability can also make it an expensive type of tree to cut down. These trees can grow to 150 feet tall and live for 1,000 years. To remove an oak tree, it’ll cost $200 – $2,000. 

Palm

Palm trees are often associated with warm weather and beach scenes but removing one won’t be a vacation. The species ranges vastly in height – growing as tall as 200 feet or staying so short, it doesn’t even seem like it has a trunk. That means the cost of tree removal for this species varies, too. On average, it costs $200 – $1,500 to remove a palm tree.

Pine

Pine trees range in size and shape, based on variety. While some only grow to a few feet tall, other can grow more than 200 feet in height. These coniferous trees are more common in mountainous areas and can live thousands of years. To remove this type of tree species, you can expect to pay $200 – $1,500.

Poplar

Aspens, cottonwood and balsams are all part of the poplar species, which is native to North America. Poplars grow to heights of about 90 – 115 feet and have sprawling, complicated root systems. In fact, they roots are known to clog nearby water pipes and sewer lines. Because of their root system, they’re typically one of the most expensive on this list to remove, with an average minimum cost starting at $1,100. And since these trees are more susceptible to insect damage and disease than other tree species, there may be a greater chance of needing to remove one.

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Tree Removal Pricing By Tree Species

It may come as a surprise, but the cost of tree removal can also depend on the species of tree. Here are a few of the most common species and how they affect removal costs.

Poplar

This refers to three main tree groups: aspens, cottonwood and balsams. These types of trees can grow up to 115 feet and their expansive root structure typically spreads out to two to three times their height, making them particularly challenging to remove. Given these challenges, it may cost $1,100 – $1,800 to remove one.

Pine

A pine tree that’s around 40 feet tall will cost about $400 to remove. If it’s more like 80 feet, you may be charged around $1,500 given the additional work and risk required. Also, if branches and pinecones need to be removed, your price will likely increase even more.

Maple

To remove a large maple tree (like one that’s 100 feet tall) you’re looking at around $1,100 – $1,800. The price will decrease substantially if your maple is on the smaller side.

Oak

You may have heard the term “strong as an oak,” and it’s true. Unfortunately, being made of such an incredibly strong wood makes them more difficult to take down than other tree types. An oak tree can reach up to 60 feet in height and cost you anywhere from $400 – $1,000 to remove. As with other species, the height, strength and girth will help determine the cost.

Palm

For a smaller palm tree that’s around 30 feet tall, removal will cost you anywhere from $150 – $500. If your palm tree is larger, it may run you between $1,100 – $1,500. Since palm trees feature teeth, they can’t be cut with chainsaws and will need to be roped down. The taller your palm tree is, the heavier it is, and the greater the risk of its roots breaking and it falling on your home.

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Additional Tree Removal Services

Keep in mind that the quote you get for removing a tree may have some hidden costs that pop up later. Services such as removing the stump, clearing out debris and chipping the wood are usually going to be extra.

Tree Stump Removal Or Grinding

Many tree removal companies don’t take away the tree stump unless you pay extra. The average cost to have a professional dig up a tree stump is $200 – $500. While this process is more expensive and requires more work, it does remove all of the roots with the stump.

A less expensive option is to have the stump ground up instead, which costs $100 – $400, on average. This process uses a machine with a rotating blade to grind the stump and some of its roots into small pieces, leaving the rest of the roots to decay.

Debris Cleanup

You’ll likely have such debris as sticks, leaves, branches, wood chips and dirt leftover. While you can do the cleanup yourself, you can elect to pay for someone to haul it away for about $50 – $100, depending on the amount of debris.

You could also repurpose the debris that’s left over. For about $75 – $125 an hour, you could put the leftover wood through a chipper to create mulch for your yard. Or you could pay about $100 per tree for a log splitter to make firewood from the big branches and trunks.

Tree Transplanting

Whether you want to save the tree for environmental or sentimental reasons, you can choose to transplant a tree rather than cutting it down entirely. The process involves digging up, transporting and replanting the tree in a new location. It can be risky and requires knowledge and equipment to do so successfully. This service typically costs between $400 – $2,000, but the price will depend on the size of the tree and the distance between locations.

Tree Trimming

The removal company may offer trimming services for the other trees on your property at the same time – for an added cost, of course. You can expect to pay up to $760, on average, for professional tree trimming, depending on the size and number of trees.

Fallen Tree Removal

If you have a fallen tree, you’ll probably still need a professional to remove it from your property. In many cases, the cost will be significantly lower (between $75 and $150), but the cost will depend on the tree’s location and accessibility.

Why Should You Hire A Professional Tree Service Company?

While some homeowners may choose to remove a tree on their own, there are several benefits of hiring a local tree service company. The most important is safety. Tree removal may require using sharp tools, lifting heavy objects and climbing trees. Falling branches and tree trunks can be a safety hazard for you and any other person, pet or structure on the property. A trained professional will know how to secure the area, cut or pull down the tree at the right angles and use any tools or machinery properly. They’ll also know how to prep the tree for removal, based on its size, location and health.

An added benefit of hiring a professional is that, when done the right way, the tree removal could even help increase your home value.


How To Reduce The Cost To Remove A Tree

The national average cost to remove a tree ranges from $200 – $2,000. While you may be reluctant to spend that amount, taking the tree down on your own could be even costlier. If you’re looking for ways to save or recoup the costs of hiring a professional, follow these tips to help.

Prepare The Area

Prepare your yard for the tree professionals before their arrival to save time and prevent accidents and damage to your property. 

  • Store nearby outdoor furniture or décor to prevent dirt and damage.
  • Cover pools or hot tubs to avoid debris falling into them.
  • Move vehicles or machinery away from the area.
  • Clear the job site of any hazards to keep the professionals safe.
  • Let your neighbors know of the project ahead of time, so they can prepare nearby spaces and keep pets and kids away from the area.

Contact Your Utility Company

If the tree is close to a power line or telephone pole, your utility company may pay to have the tree disposed of. Make sure you reach out to your local power company before hiring the service just in case.

Compare Quotes

While the tree’s features play a big role in tree removal cost, the company you choose will also affect the pricing. You shouldn’t hire a tree removal company without first comparing quotes as different companies will have different prices.

Some removal companies might even offer a discount to beat a competitor price, to welcome new clients or if they’re already going to be in the area for another landscaping job.

Keep The Chippings Or Logs

To offset the cost to remove the tree, consider reusing your tree chippings to mulch your landscaping or protect your vegetable plants. You could split larger logs for firewood or use smaller wood debris for kindling in your fire pit or fireplace. If you’re looking for a new hobby, take up whittling or see what DIY crafts you can make with the leftover sticks, branches and leaves.

The Bottom Line

While the average cost of tree removal is about $750 per tree, there are several factors that affect this price, such as height, size, health, species and location that may affect the pricing.

There are many reasons to remove a tree – from the aesthetic to the necessary. Removing a dead or leaning tree could remove hazards and even increase your property value if done properly. It could also make room for other yard features, like a pool, deck or playscape or help add curb appeal to your home.

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Lauren Nowacki

Lauren Nowacki is a staff writer specializing in personal finance, homeownership and the mortgage industry. She has a B.A. in Communications and has worked as a writer and editor for various publications in Philadelphia, Chicago and Metro Detroit.