Tree Removal Costs: What’s Included and What to Expect

Tree removal is a $21 billion industry in the United States alone.

But what does it really cost, and how do you make sure you don’t pay too much? Read on for the main questions that affect tree removal costs.

What Do You Want to Do With the Wood?

A tree is obviously a wonderful source for wood products. The cost to cut down a tree can be affected by what you choose to do with the remaining wood.

Before choosing a tree removal specialist you should decide what you would like to do with your wood remnants so that you don’t have to pay for services you won’t need. Here are a few options:

  • Have the trunk wood split and add it to your wood pile.
  • Have the smaller branches chipped and use the remnants in landscaping (playground, garden bark, etc.)
  • Use pieces of the stump for DIY home decor (side tables, benches, stools, etc.)
  • Don’t need the wood? Have it hauled off-site.

Once you’ve decided how to use your wood remnants, you’ll need to know what to expect for tree cutting prices.

What is Included in Tree Removal Costs?

Some tree removal services advertise tree removal without a trace. Others may cost less but only include the cost of cutting the tree down and nothing else.

We’ve listed below some of the associated services and what they would approximately cost if you have to pay extra for them.

Stump Grinding

Removing a tree stump requires additional equipment and can cost around $90-$300 depending on the size of the tree trunk.

Wood Splitting

If you’d like your trunk wood split and left, you can expect to pay an additional $100-$200 if it isn’t already included.

Chipping and Removal

Smaller branches are often processed through a wood chipper. Some companies will charge an extra $100 per hour for use of a wood chipper. You may also pay a removal fee of around $50 for them to haul away the wood chips.

Trunk Wood Removal

If it isn’t already included in your estimate, hauling away the large pieces of the trunk can cost up to $350.

A simple phone call to your arborist will help you know which services are included in their tree removal costs.

Still Not Sure if it’s Worth the Cost?

Tree removal can be extremely dangerous based off of the height of the tree, any nearby power lines, and the equipment necessary.

Watch this video of tree cutting to see the process from the perspective of a trained arborist. Check it out! It’s not for the faint of heart!

Please don’t attempt to remove a tree by yourself. There are so many hazards involved. Consider the price for cutting a tree down as the price of your safety. It’ll be worth it!

Now What?

You have a clearer picture now of what to expect with tree removal costs. Now it’s time to find a reputable arborist or tree removal specialist to get the job done.

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