How Much is the Cost of Tree Removal?

How Much is the Cost of Tree Removal?

If you’re 100% sure it’s time to remove your tree, then the next step is to make it happen.

While deciding to remove a tree can be emotional, it doesn’t have to be painful. At Davey, we work with you to make the process as smooth as possible every step of the way. We’ll even save you a piece of the tree if you want–or help pick the perfect replacement tree.

But first thing’s first, let’s talk about the cost of tree removal.

Tree Removal Cost Per Tree

“Just like every fingerprint, every single tree is different and unique. That goes for every tree removal, too,” says Kevin Sheehan of Davey’s Long Island, NY office.

How much should I pay for tree removal?

Like Kevin mentioned, the cost of tree removal really depends on the tree. To give an accurate tree removal cost, an arborist needs to see it in person. If you want a free tree removal estimate, click here.

These are the factors we examine to determine a tree removal cost.

  • Location: The biggest factor that affects tree removal cost is location, location, location–just like real estate. If a tree is close to your home, other structures, or power lines, removal becomes much trickier. Think about it. A single limb can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. If that were to drop, it could make a serious dent in your yard or cause significant damage to your home. An experienced tree removal company creates a detailed plan to make sure that doesn’t happen.
  • Size of the tree: As you guessed, larger trees cost more to remove. There’s simply more to do!
  • Client specifications: “At Davey, we give our clients lots of options for tree removals. Don’t want us to drive on the lawn? Sure thing! We work with you to make it happen,” says Kevin Sheehan.
  • Equipment needs: If you’re removing a large tree close to your home, we may recommend using a rig or crane to lower sections of the tree, piece by piece.
  • Time and crew required: Based on the above factors, we estimate how long and how many people we’ll need to do the job safely. “If it’s a small tree in a remote location, we could take it out in a few hours. On the flip side, if it’s a bigger, more involved job, it could take an entire week,” says Kevin.

If a tree removal cost seems too good to be true, ask these 4 questions.

  1. Do you have insurance?
    Tree removal can be dangerous when done incorrectly. If you hire someone without insurance, any property damage or injuries that happen could be your fiscal responsibility. Always, always ask for proof of insurance before allowing someone to climb up your tree with a chainsaw.
  2. What are your credentials? 
    To remove a tree, all you need is a chainsaw. To be an ISA Certified Arborist®, you need at least three years’ experience. Then, you need to pass a rigorous exam and sign a code of ethics.
  3. Do you have any referrals I could talk to ahead of time?
  4. If you’re skeptical of a low-ball cost, ask for referrals. Or hop online and read reviews before hiring a tree removal company.
  5. How do you plan on removing this tree?
    "This is a big one!” says Kevin. “Some companies will drive their truck right up to the tree (leaving marks on the way), chop it down, and have the limbs dent your yard as they fall. Then, they’ll leave these huge, heavy branches sitting there for you to deal with.”

    Ask for details on how exactly the company will remove your tree. That way, you know you’re hiring an experienced business, and you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Ready to remove a tree? Click here for a free in-person consultation to get an estimate!


  • the Tree Doctor November 20, 2018 >Hi Peggy, I forwarded this request to your local office. They will contact you as soon as they can to set up a consultation. You can also contact them directly at (513) 370-2334. Thank you!
  • Peggy Goodall November 15, 2018 >I have a Bradford Pear that has been broken due to the ice storm. Needs removal
  • The Tree Doctor September 12, 2018 >Hi Jessie, I forwarded your request to your local Davey Tree office. They will reach out to you as soon as they can to schedule a free consultation. You can also contact them directly at (610) 750-8262. Here if you need anything else, Jessie.
  • Jessie Emery September 11, 2018 >I would like to receive estimates from Davey for removal of two multi-trunk ash trees in our back yard. You used to provide services on our property at 160 Pembrooke Circle, Phoenixville. While the trees are healthy, and we have been treating for Emerald Ash Borer for years, they are messy. They are constantly dropping leaves and branches.
  • Sheena Dhir September 7, 2018 >Wow, really great articles for everyone who love their lawn. Every factor is well explained and also given the cost estimation.
  • The Tree Doctor August 21, 2018 > Hi Catherine, You can reach your local Davey office directly at (563) 726-0148. You can also fill out a quick consultation request form on their local webpage here: Best of luck to you, Catherine.
  • Catherine Bowman August 20, 2018 >I'm gathering estimates for the removal of my front yard tree in Coralville.
  • The Tree Doctor July 31, 2018 >Hi Gregg, The Tree of Heaven originated from Asia and is considered an invasive tree in North America. It is a very tough tree and will grow practically anywhere. Exceptionally tolerant of harsh, urban conditions. It spreads by both seed and root suckering. Crushed leaves and stems have an unpleasant odor. While we typically recommend removing this species when we find it on client properties, in some harsh, urban areas it may be a resident’s only tree. In those cases, the client may want the tree pruned and cared for because it is the only tree they have. Thank you for the great question! Hopefully, you found this helpful.
  • Gregg Rodgers July 30, 2018 >Have you ever delt with Ailanthus altissima, "Tree of Heaven"? Just an open-ened question and wondering how you delt with such a tree?
  • The Tree Doctor June 19, 2018 >Hi Raymond, Unfortunately, Davey Tree does not service your area based on the zip code provided. Here is a resource that may be helpful for you when it comes to finding a reputable tree care company or certified arborist: Best of luck to you. Here if you have any more questions, Raymond.
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