5 Factors That Impact Tree Removal Costs

You may be wondering why there is no one-size-fits-all pricing model when it comes to tree removal. The reason is simple -- every tree removal job comes with unique challenges and circumstances, which affects removal cost. There are quite a few things that can impact the overall expense of tree removal.

1. Height

Taller trees require more work to bring down, so the cost of tree removal will be impacted by height. Tall trees in urban and suburban settings are especially problematic, as the trees may need to first have limbs removed and then the trunk must be sectioned so it doesn't damage anything when the tree comes down. Shorter trees that require less work and rigging to bring down tend to cost less.

2. Width

A wide trunk can also impact cost, even on shorter trees that would otherwise be simple to remove. This is because standard saws and cutting tools may not be able to cut through a very wide trunk. Instead, the trunk must be cut apart into sections, which is more time consuming and risky to the technicians. A wide trunked short tree can be just as time consuming to remove as a tall tree with a narrow trunk diameter.

3. Location

Certain locations can make tree removal more challenging. A tree growing right up against a wall, for example, must be removed carefully and in pieces so it doesn't damage the building or foundation. Trees under power lines are also in a challenging position, since your removal technicians must remove the tree and avoid electrical hazards. Never underestimate location when it comes to tree removal costs.

4. Status

Living trees often cost less to remove than those that have already died. The reasoning is simple -- dead wood is more unpredictable during removal. A living tree tends to behave a certain way when felled, which means mapping out where to make cuts for the desired fall path of a living tree tends to be more accurate. Dead trees may crack or split, falling or breaking apart in ways that were unplanned for. Preparing for and avoiding these challenges with the tree can come with extra costs. 

5. Condition

Finally, the current condition may affect costs. Trees with lots of split branches and deadwood require delimbing first for safety reasons, for example. A leaning tree may require pulleys and more care during removal. In other words, the shape that the tree is currently in will likely affect the cost of removal. 

Contact a tree removal service for more help with problem trees in your home landscape. They can provide an accurate quote that fits your specific situation.