The Average Cost of Tree Removal – Factors to be Considered

Mature trees can add charm and character to your home’s landscape. They also require some care and maintenance such as trimming and pruning. Rotten branches should be cut off before they fall and potentially cause damage to your home and property. In some cases, the entire tree needs to be cut down. Unlike some service companies, tree removal companies typically charge by the job, not by the hour. The average cost of tree removal is impacted by a variety of factors. Understanding those factors can help you determine if the estimates you receive are fair and reasonable for your specific tree removal project.

Height & Width

As with any job, the size of the project influences the price. The larger the tree, of course, the more expensive it will be. The height and width of the tree to be cut down will significantly impact the cost to remove it. While removing a smaller tree may be relatively simple, removing a larger tree will be much more complicated.

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Where the tree is located also plays a part in determining how much it will cost to remove it. Great care must be taken with any tree removal job. However, if the tree to be cut down is close to a building or closely surrounded by other trees, more time and effort will be expended to remove it without damaging your home or property.


The equipment required is also a factor when calculating the average cost of tree removal. Either the size of the tree or where it is located can require special equipment in order to safely remove it. Personal safety equipment such as hard hats, safety goggles, and work gloves are required on every job along with the necessary cutting tools. However, when cutting down a tree in close proximity to a building or other trees, additional equipment such as climbing and rigging gear may be needed. This can include straps, spurs, rope, blocks and pulleys, winches, cable hoists, rigging plates, and more. Cherry pickers will sometimes be used to remove branches from the tree before bringing it down.


Tree removal is not a DIY project nor is it a job for your neighborhood handyman. Safe tree removal requires a high level of skill and experience, from rigging and operating machinery to knowing exactly how to cut the tree so it falls where intended. When deciding which tree removal service to hire, experience matters. The lowest estimate isn’t always the best choice as it is often accompanied by less experience or inadequate equipment. While it may increase the average cost of tree removal, it’s worth a little extra expense to ensure that the job is done properly and safely.


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Clean Up

Another factor that increases the average cost of tree removal is clean up. What happens after the tree is down?  Do the tree removal services you’re considering haul the tree away? What about the stump? These are questions you need to ask. If you chose the lowest estimate, it might not include grinding the stump. It might not even include hauling the tree away, which could be a problem unless you’re planning on using it for firewood.

Estimating the Average Cost of Tree Removal

A Google search might provide you with the national average cost of tree removal or your neighbor might tell you what it cost to have one of their trees taken down. While this may give you a general idea of what your job will cost, the only way to know for sure is to have a tree removal professional evaluate it and provide you with an estimate. 

Boulder Hill Tree Service can handle all types of tree removal. We started as a full service, residential tree removal, and tree care company but have since grown and expanded into a diversified contractor. In addition to our removal services, we also offer pruning, land clearing, and tree storm damage services. We proudly serve a wide range of residential, commercial, and municipal/governmental customers as well as schools, universities, golf courses, and real estate developers. Contact us for a free estimate today!


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