Tree removal is calculated by considering several factors to arrive at a fixed estimate. 

The following factors used to calculate tree removal cost are most to least relevant.

Tree size – The size of the tree will be the biggest factor in calculating the removal cost. The taller the tree, the more expensive the removal.

Trunk diameter – The diameter of the trunk is the next biggest factor. There are tall skill trees and shot trees with huge trunks. Tree trunks are time-consuming to cut up and haul away.

Accessibility – If you have a 10m tree in your front yard, and an identical tree in your backyard behind a shed, the one in the backyard will take twice as long to remove and be twice as expensive.

Obstacles – Calculating the cost of tree removal around obstacles is tricky, but essentially it’s going to add to the time it takes to remove the tree. The longer it takes, the more expensive the tree removal will be.

Time of year – The time of year you remove a tree is a big factor. Tree services generally have less work in winter than in summer, so tree services generally quote lower prices in winter to win work and keep them busy.

Stump removal included – You can remove a stump or leave it in your garden as a feature when you have a tree removed. Stump removal will work out to be about $520 more expensive than if you leave it in place.

No. of branches – Trees come in all shapes and sizes. A tree with 5 branches will be much cheaper to remove than the same size tree with 25 branches. The time taken to remove branches adds up, along with the price of removal.

The company contracted – Tree services all charge different prices for one reason or another. They will all be in a similar range, but how they calculate the cost of tree removal varies, and so will their quoted price. Be sure to get at least three quotes.

Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years of industry experience. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the tree service industry to give readers to most accurate information on tree service costs and helps to educate them about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.