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Why is tree removal so expensive?


If you’ve been thinking about having a tree removed from your property, then you’ve likely discovered how much it is going to cost you. In which case, you might be wondering: “why is tree removal so expensive?”

Understandably, it can certainly feel that way. However, there are many factors in play that affect the overall cost of having a tree removed. In this article, we will take you through these various factors in order to highlight the reason why tree removal costs what it does.

1 – Tree removal is dangerous

The first and most important reason why tree removal costs what it does is the danger factor. If it were safe and easy, everyone would do it themselves and there would be no need for expert tree removal services.

The fact is, one wrong move and you could end up with a 20ft tree through your living room which will invariably cost you an arm and a leg to fix. In fact, whilst on the subject of arms and legs…if anything goes wrong and you, or a friend or family member assisting you gets injured, then it could quite literally cost an arm or a leg, or more…

2 – How big is the tree?

The size of the tree can dictate how expensive it is to remove. If you’ve heard of people having their tree’s removed for less, then you might wish to consider the size of your tree in question. If it is over 8ft, then it is likely going to be upwards of $1000. The bigger the tree, the most dangerous the task, the more it is going to cost.

You must hire professionals to remove large trees, as going it alone becomes more and more dangerous the bigger the tree is.

3 – How easy is it to access?

Another factor to consider is how easy the tree is to access. If there is plenty of space surrounding the tree and the arborists can easily drive their equipment onto the property, then the price will reflect that. However, if the tree is in an incredibly awkward place, making the removal process complicated, then you are going to have to pay more for this. The more difficult the removal process is, the more dangerous it is for both you, your property, and the tree removal specialists.

4 – How complex is the job?

Depending on the size of the tree, your tree removal specialists might need to use certain specialist equipment. For example, if the tree is beyond a certain height, then they might need to use a cherry picker in order to fell the tree section by section. In addition to that, the arborists might need to use climbing equipment to get high up into the tree, including operating a chainsaw at such a height (which as you can imagine is incredibly dangerous and thus, expensive). The more complicated the job, the more it is going to cost.

5 – Would you like your tree loppers to be insured?

Going back to the danger-factor of the job, if anything was to go wrong, you want to know that you are insured. If you ask a friend of a friend who happens to have a chainsaw to cut down your tree, if in the event of an accident, you are not going to be covered. However, hiring a fully licensed and insured tree-lopper from a reputable arborists company, means that if in the event of an accident, you are indeed completely covered.


These are just a few of many reasons why having a tree removed is expensive. Don’t forget, once it has been felled, you need it safely removing from your property. The remains have to go somewhere, which means they need to be disposed of safely and appropriately, in accordance with your local council’s legal requirements. These things all add up.

In any case, if you are in need of a tree removing and you would like it done professionally, we recommend a reputable company like Lakeside Trees and Stumps.

Paul Alana

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