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Tree Removal Costs

by | Sep 11, 2020 | Uncategorized

If you intend to remove a tree in Orlando, you should expect to spend between $200 and $2000. On average, however, most property owners in Orlando spend $750 on tree removal.

Most tree removal service providers calculate the removal cost on a per-foot basis – that is, in terms of tree height. On average, each foot of tree height costs between $8 and $15 depending on how complicated the tree removal is.

This means that if your tree is only 20 feet, you will spend between $160 and $300 on its removal. If you have a tree featuring a height of 150 feet, you should expect to spend between $1,200 and $2,250 on the removal. Below, we will look at the main factors that affect tree removal cost.

Orlando Tree Removal Cost Factors

1. Tree Height

Taller trees are heavier than shorter trees. This means that they feature a higher risk of causing significant damage if they fall on your home. To reduce the possibility of injuries and damages, professionals often have to use more complicated tree removal gear – in some cases, they need cranes. As a result, the removal cost for tall trees increases.

Below, we have some of the prices to expect when removing trees of varying heights:

  • Under 30 feet– Small trees whose height falls below 30 feet cost between $200 and $450 to remove.
  • 30 to 60 feet– If your tree falls in the medium height range, you should set aside $800 to $1500 for its removal.
  • Over 80 feet– Trees taller than 80 feet cost between $1000 and $2000 to remove.

2. Crane-Assisted Tree Removal

Tall, thick trees are generally too heavy to be removed without a crane. If the tree removal professionals have to bring a crane to your home, you should expect to pay a high price for the tree removal.

If a crane is needed to remove a tree, you should set aside $500 for renting the crane and another $50 – $100 for the crane operator. In Orlando, property owners spend $200 to $600 to rent a crane for a day.

3. Tree Species

Different tree species will feature varying heights. For example, while Crepe Myrtle grows to a maximum height of 30 feet, white pines can grow to over 150 feet. This indicates that different tree species will have varying levels of difficulty when it comes to removal.

Below, we have the tree removal cost to expect for different tree species:

Oak Trees

If your oak tree has a height of between 60 and 100 feet, it will cost between $800 and $1000 to remove. If the tree is shorter than 60 feet, you should set aside $200 and $800 when planning its removal.

Palm Trees

If your palm tree is taller than 80 feet, the tree removal experts may charge you between $1,100 and $1,500 to remove it. Palm trees under 30 feet cost $200 to $500 to get rid of.

Pine Tree

Pine trees with a height of 40 feet will have a removal cost of $400. If the tree is taller than 80 feet, you may need to invest $1500 in its removal.

4. Tree Condition

Trees with underlying problems pose a significant risk when it comes to removal. If cut without taking the necessary precautions, the tree might fall in the wrong direction, causing either injury or property damage. This means that the tree removal professionals have to spend more time planning the tree removal process and sometimes bring more complicated gear to facilitate the removal.

Below, we have outlined some of the conditions that often increase the tree removal cost:

  • Leaning– A slight lean may not be a source of concern. However, when the lean increases significantly in a few days, this could be an indicator that the tree has an unstable wood structure. This often calls for stabilization during removal.
  • Multiple trunks– If the trees are attached perfectly, removal may not have any hitches. However, if a weak connection exists between the trunks, additional measures may be needed to make the tree removal process smooth.
  • Decays and cavities– These are a sign of a compromised wood structure. To remove the tree without any problem, stabilization solutions may need to be put in place.
  • Weak branches– If a tree carries fragile branches, these may fall when the tree is being removed. To keep the branches from causing injuries or damage, tree pruning may have to be conducted ahead of the tree removal, raising the overall tree removal cost.

Fallen Tree Removal

In most scenarios, fallen trees are much easier to remove than standing trees. This means that they often have a lower removal cost, costing $75 to $150.

In some instances, however, the trees may be lying on utility lines or another sensitive structure. In such a circumstance, the tree removal professionals may need to go extra slow with the removal. It is not uncommon for professionals to require more complicated tools to keep the fallen tree from causing further damage. This often increases the tree removal cost.

5. Tree Diameter

If your tree has a huge trunk diameter, it may need more time to saw through. This means that your tree may have a higher removal cost than a tree of the same height but with a smaller trunk diameter.

6. Tree Location

Tree removal service providers have a predefined area where they service without charging a travel fee. When a client is located outside this zone, a travel fee applies. On average, the travel fee is usually $0.5 per mile traveled. Some experts, however, charge a flat rate of $50 to $200 depending on the distance.

7. Accessibility

If your tree is sitting next to a building or utility lines, it will have limited accessibility. To avoid damaging any of the utilities or structures next to the tree, professionals may have to cut the tree down foot by foot from the top. This will take too much effort and time unlike when removing a tree standing on open ground. On average, limited accessibility can drive the tree removal cost up by about 50%.

Extra Costs Associated with Tree Removal

When you receive a quotation for the tree removal, the quotation will most likely feature the basic price of bringing your tree down. In the event there are extra services you need, you will have to spend some money. Some of the services that often increase the tree removal cost include:

Stump Removal

After tree removal, the tree stump is left in the ground. However, if you are willing to pay for it, the tree removal professionals can facilitate the stump removal. The cost to expect when removing a stump are outlined below:

  • Per stump price– If you are being charged on a per stump basis, you will have to invest $150 on the removal of the initial stump. The remaining stumps may cost $50 each.
  • Diameter-based cost– Each diameter-inch will cost $2 to $3. However, tree removal professionals may have a minimum charge of $100.
  • Land clearing– To remove a large number of stumps from a large land, most tree removal professionals charge on a per hour basis, with each hour setting you back $150.

Log Removal Cost

If you would like to get rid of the limbs generated by the tree, you may need to invest in limb chipping and hurling away. Limb chipping will cost $65 to $150 while hurling away may cost you $50.

Log Splitting

Some homeowners in Orlando do use firewood. For such property owners, log splitting may be necessary. On average, log splitting costs $75.

Bush Clearing

It is not uncommon for trees in Orlando to be surrounded by a growth that resembles a bush. To get to the tree, tree removal professionals have to clear this growth – this can cost you $100. To avoid spending your money on bush clearing, you can invest some of your time in handling the bush clearing.

Permits and Licenses

Before removing a tree, tree removal experts have to comply with the law by getting the necessary permits and licenses. These documents cost money, and in most cases, you will be charged between $60 and $150 for them.

Clean-Up Costs

Tree removal is often messy work, that could leave your compound looking unkempt. If you would like your compound to be swept clean after tree removal, you may need to spend extra money on top of the tree removal cost.

Tree Transplanting Cost

Sometimes, a healthy tree could be standing in your way of developing your home. If you do not want to get rid of the tree completely, you can opt to move it from the current location to another place – this is known as transplanting.

Transplanting is generally more complicated – the tree removal professionals have to uproot the tree slowly, taking care to avoid damaging the root structure. Uprooting the tree, ferrying it to a new location, and replanting it will take a lot of time and may need more complicated machinery.

This can raise the tree removal cost. On average, tree experts will charge an additional $125 to $500 to transplant a tree. For example, if complete tree removal would have cost $1,000, you may need to spend between $1,125 and $1,500 on transplanting.


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