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How Do You Estimate the Cost to Remove a Tree?

Trees can add great beauty to your property, but if they’re growing too tall, you may need to remove them. However, doing so is more than just cutting down the tree. You’ll need to remove the tree’s branches and that ugly stump, and you’ll also need to clean up the debris left behind—all of which can be expensive.

To help you get an idea of what you’ll need to spend to remove a tree, and to help you budget for the project, we’ve put together a list of distinct factors that contributes to the cost of tree removal. This includes the type of tree you have, the condition of the tree, the time of the year, and more. So, without any further ado, let’s get into the factors!

1) Tree Size

The size is one of the most important factors in estimating how much it will cost to remove a tree. After all, if you have a large tree on your property, you’ll have more wood and branches that need removing which can increase costs significantly.

That’s why many tree removal experts use a formula based on square feet for their quotes; however, it should be noted that their estimates may not include stump removal or disposal (which may cost extra). Generally speaking, small trees under 5 dia. are typically less than $100; medium trees between 5-15 dia. usually fall within $100-$300 range; and large trees over 15 dia.

2) Location

The location also affects how much it will cost to remove a tree. For example, if you have a tree in your yard with open space, it’s likely cheaper than if you had one near your house or your neighbor’s property. This is because it takes more time and money to ensure that no debris falls on anyone else’s home during removal (especially since some trees may weigh hundreds of pounds).

3) Tree Condition

The condition is another important factor in estimating how much it will cost to remove a tree. If you have a healthy tree, then you’re likely to pay more because they need extra effort, manpower, equipment, and supplies for removal.

Alternatively, if you have a dead or dying tree that’s hazardous on your property, removing it may be less expensive than waiting until it falls or damages something else first—but remember that quick removals (like emergency removals) are sometimes pricier since you’ll need someone who can do the job without damaging other things on your property within specified time frame.

4) Species

Every tree is different—they have unique leaves, colors, fruits, and have distinctive timber. Their sizes also vary based on their specie. With these things in mind, it should be no surprise that removing one type of tree can cost significantly more than another: all else being equal. Species is an important factor in the cost to remove a tree.

5) Extra Specialized Tree Service

After the tree has been removed, you will be left with an unsightly stump, not to mention the mountain of branches and leaves that still needs cleaning up. In addition to basic services, many companies offer extra services such as grinding and mulching for an additional fee. These services may only cost $100-$300; however, if your stump is particularly large or made out of thick wood, these extras may make quite an impact on your overall cost (you might end up spending hundreds more). 


Given these factors, you can see how it can be difficult for an estimator to give an accurate quote over the phone. However, if you were able to tell your tree care service company about tree size, location, species and condition in addition to time frame for removal, they should be able to provide you with more accurate estimate without fail.

If you have questions about tree service or plant health care or would like an estimate, give us a call at 978-768-6999 or click here to contact us.

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2 Responses

  1. It was really helpful when you talked about how much easier it could be to remove a dead or dying tree from your property. We’re trying to spruce up our uncle’s old house and renovate it as much as possible, but a couple of these dead trees seem to be posing a threat to his overall property safety. I’ll ask a tree removal expert to help us out with those trees in particular since it won’t cost as much as I thought.

  2. Thanks for helping me understand that tree removal services for a healthy tree can cost more, since there would be more effort and equipment for the project. I will share this information with my neighbor, since she mentioned having some removed from their backyard. It seems that they plan to have a pool installed there that is why even healthy ones have to be get rid of.

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