Tree Removal Pricing


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When a customer requests a tree removal, many times one of the first questions on the phone is how much it will cost? Many homeowners have never had a tree removed, so understandably they may have little idea of what to expect in the cost of the removal. Every tree removal situation is different. To help you understand what is involved in pricing the cost of a tree removal, here is a summary of the criteria used. We feel the more information you have will help you to feel more comfortable when talking to a tree service and also helping you to decide who you want to remove your tree.


Tree removal picture using bucket truck

With owning a home comes great responsibility.  Just like you budget for other things around your home, a homeowner should also budget for tree care.  Maintaining your trees on a regular basis will help reduce costs quite a bit.  Of course, the initial costs can usually be the highest.  Though most companies will work with you in doing it in stages, and will advise on which trees need the most attention first, so not to cause harm to the trees or your property.

Tree Removal costs vary based on many different criteria, as explained below.  It can cost as little as $200 to well over $6000, or more, depending on how many trees you need removed, and what criteria fits your situation.  Be sure to ask the company you choose about any “volume discounts” they may offer.  Most companies will offer a volume discount when you have 2 or more trees to be removed at the same time.

The most common type of tree removal is called a “rigging”, which means the arborist will lower the limbs to the ground with ropes as he cuts them.  Some larger companies will have a “bucket truck” to aide in the removal of trees.  This is also good to use when removing dead or hazardous trees because it is too risky for the climber to climb such a tree.  Having open access to the tree for the bucket truck would be needed.  Sometimes this can be accomplished by removing a section of fence. For very large trees, a crane might be used to lift the cut limbs over a structure (like your house or garage) to get it to a safe open area or into a grapple truck to be hauled away.

When an arborist gives you an estimate on removing your tree or trees, he will take into consideration many different factors, such as:

Size of the Tree – The circumference and height of the tree are your base for the pricing.  For example, you may measure the circumference of the tree in inches and multiply by $10 for starters. Then the rest of the criteria will come into play.

Time and Labor needed to complete the job – We consider how many crew members and climbers are needed to safely remove the tree and how many hours it will take them to complete the job. Trees that need to be climbed usually take longer and require more labor than trees that are accessible with a bucket truck.  Larger trees usually take more time and labor to clean up all the debris.

Accessibility and location of the Tree – The location of the tree is very important, and can also affect how much time is spent removing the tree.  The arborist has to look at the surrounding area to see what other structures, existing landscaping or service lines need to be avoided.  They look to see how big of a “drop zone” they have, and whether they can drop portions of the tree, or have to "rig" all of the branches and wood with ropes.  Can they get the heavy equipment to the tree?  If so, this would help to reduce the price in most cases.

Health and condition of the Tree –Usually, if we are removing the tree, it’s because it’s not healthy or has been damaged or broken.  So the arborist will check to make sure it is “safe” to climb.  If for example, your tree is rotted out or hollow inside, it may not be safe to climb and depending how bad it is, it may be considered “hazardous” and this will bring a much higher risk to the climber.  The higher the risk factor for the climber or crew, usually affects the costs of the removal. For very hazardous trees that cannot be accessed with a bucket truck, a crane may need to be used to assist in the removal.

How technical or what equipment is needed – Technical removal means there is some special circumstance the company has to take into consideration so they may safely remove your tree.  What makes it “technical”?  Well, there may be wires running through the tree, and depending on what kind of wires, we might need the utility company to get involved.  The tree may be hanging over your house or other structure or landscaping on your property that needs to be avoided.  We would need to make sure we can safely remove the tree without causing damage.  Maybe there is a chain-link fence the tree grew through or around, this will cause damage to the chainsaws and equipment.  These are just a few examples of what a technical removal may be. To view one of our technical tree removal videos click here on Denver tree removal video.

Technical Tree Removal

All of these factors are considered in making an estimate.  It is good, and very smart on your part to collect 3 or more estimates to compare the services and pricing from other companies.  But be careful not to just go with the cheapest, especially if your property is in harm’s way.  Be sure the company you choose is licensed and insured with the experience to skillfully and safely remove the tree without causing any damage.  Though rare, accidents do happen, so it is important they are insured and experienced.

Remember, the experience and reputation of the company and its licensed arborist(s) is also considered.  The old saying, “you get what you pay for” can be very true in the tree care industry. How much experience does the company have?  Will they show up when they say they will?  Do they have the knowledge and experience to safely remove your tree?  Do your homework, and check around.  It could save you and your property in more than one way. Please call us for your tree removal, tree trimming or stump grinding service.


Our tree removal service area includes Denver and the surrounding cities of Westminster, Arvada, Broomfield, Thornton, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Lafayette, Lakewood, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Lone Tree, Aurora, Morrison and Commerce City.

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