How much will your tree trimming and removal cost?

Ashburn, VA 20149

Tree Trimmers on Thumbtack cost$350 - $760

Average price

  • Lowest price:$20
  • Most common low price:$350
  • Most common high price:$760
  • Highest price:$2220

How much does tree removal cost?

The average cost of tree removal is estimated at $985. If you’re looking to remove the stump along with the tree, it will cost an average of $1,072. However, the cost to remove a tree can vary greatly — from about $155-$230 per tree on the low end to over $2,000 on the high end.

Tree removal cost:

National average cost


Low-end cost


High-end cost


Tree removal prices will vary depending on many factors, including your tree’s height, width, the cost of additional tools and even your location. That’s why it’s always recommended that you conduct a bit of research and request price quotes from multiple tree services near you before hiring the first professional you come across. 

Keep reading to learn how you can calculate the cost of tree removal and get price estimates from local services. 

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Cost of tree removal by height 

Less than 5 feet


5 - 10 feet


11 - 20 feet


21 - 40 feet


More than 40 feet


Height can influence the cost of cutting down a tree and removing it from your property. Typically, the taller your tree is, the more you’ll pay. Taller trees are harder to remove, and cutting them down may require more equipment. Plus, there’s a greater risk for the workers. 

Cost to remove a tree by diameter trunk 

Small (4”-8”) 


Medium (8”-12”)


Large (13”-18”)


Very large (19”-24”)


Extra large (25”-36” or more)


*Note: Prices above do not include stump removal and grinding.

The girth or width of your tree is a major factor in the cost of removal. This is your tree trunk’s diameter or size. The wider and larger your tree’s trunk, the higher the cost. Some tree removal services may also charge a minimum fee of $2,000 if your tree has a 36-inch (or larger) diameter trunk.

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How much does it cost to cut down a tree and remove the stump?

Most homeowners pay an average of $1,072 to cut down a tree and remove the stump. One of the most common ways to remove a stump from your yard is to grind it.

Stump grinding cost 

Stump grinding costs an average of $160-$250. This type of tree service is separate from tree removal and is often done after the tree has been cut and cleared away. 

Sometimes, only one skilled worker needs to be present to operate the stump grinder. It’s a noisy process, and your everyday chainsaw isn’t equipped to grind your stump. You can rent a stump grinder and grind it yourself. However, double-check the cost of renting the equipment — some retailers may charge about $80 an hour or $300 a day. If that’s the case, you may save more money by hiring a professional to do this task instead.

Tree stump removal cost 

Tree stump removal costs $60-$350. If you have a lone stump on your property but no dead tree attached to it, you can hire a stump grinding service to get rid of it for you. 

There are other DIY methods for stump removal. For example, you can use special chemicals or burn the stump. If you use chemicals, it may take four to six weeks for your stump to become soft enough to finally remove it. And although burning a stump is a quick way to remove it, make sure you’re allowed to use kerosene in your neighborhood before you use this method.

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What impacts the cost of tree removal? 

There are many factors tree removal services take into account when setting their rates. In addition to the tree’s size, height and trunk diameter, here are a few other cost factors to keep in mind: 

  • Local labor costs
  • Equipment costs 
  • Number of trees
  • Travel fees
  • Tree’s condition (a fallen or sick tree may be weaker and cheaper to remove)
  • Number of crew members needed
  • Minimum service fees
  • Cost of hauling the debris away
  • Ease of access and obstacles to get to the tree
  • Additional tree services (grinding, stump removal, tree trimming, etc.)
  • Dumping or tipping costs
  • The type of tree (oak trees are usually more expensive to remove)

How tree removal works

When you hire a service to remove your tree, you’re dealing with trained specialists. In addition to their expertise, they’ll show up at your home with specialized equipment and machinery. 

First, the pros will cut down the branches so they can get to the trunk. Professionals may use power hand tools, bucket trucks and other equipment to cut down your tree in smaller pieces and dispose of them. They may also use lines and pulleys to hoist the workers into the upper reaches of the tree. If your tree is exceptionally large, they may use a crane to lift the workers. 

Once the branches are removed, they’ll start cutting down the trunk from the top. Sometimes, they'll use pulleys and lines to drop larger branches and trunk sections to the ground. Usually, they'll grind up branches on your property with grinding equipment. Expect loud noises, a refreshing cut wood smell — and a lot of wood dust. (The neighborhood kids will also probably want to stop by and watch). 

After the tree has been cut, you're left with a stump. You can ask the company to remove the stump as well (they may offer a discount if you ask), pull it out yourself or leave it as is.

Pro tip: You may be able to ask the tree removal service to leave logs that you can burn in your fireplace or fire pit. However, this may require an additional service fee because they don’t normally cut the tree into exactly 1-foot sections. 

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How do you know when it's time to cut down a tree?

There are a few obvious signs that indicate it’s time to remove your tree. The first sign is if the tree is dying and weak. It could eventually fall on your house, car or on the street, causing damage and creating a safety hazard. It may even fall on a person, injuring them severely. Prevent an expensive or tragic accident from happening by hiring a professional who can safely remove your tree.

If there are tree species in your yard that you don’t want, consider getting them removed. Perhaps the tree is damaging your deck, porch or patio? Or, maybe it’s sick and spreading diseases to nearby plants and trees? Call a tree arborist to inspect your tree and help you determine if now’s the time to cut it down.

How to hire a tree removal service

When hiring someone to remove a tree on your property, there are some considerations you should take. 

For one, always ask for a quote before hiring. Invite a number of tree removal services to take a look at your tree(s) (or send them a few photos) and ask how much they will charge. Give them these details about your tree so you can get an accurate estimate:

  • Size, height and trunk diameter
  • Species or type of tree
  • Its condition and health
  • Its location

Next, ask the company a few questions about their business, expertise and process. How long have they been operating? Do they have any references? Do they have any warranties? What happens if they run into unexpected roadblocks? What add-on services do they offer? How long will the process take?

Finally, don’t be shy about negotiating prices. If you’re a new customer, require more tree services or have many trees that need to be removed, you may be able to get a discount.

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Should I remove a tree that’s close to my house? 

Trees that are close to your house can negatively affect your sewage system, your basement or foundation with its roots. Large limbs may fall during a storm that can damage your roof. If your tree is clearly dying and it’s close to your home, you should remove it before it damages your roof, siding and other areas. 

That being said, trees also provide windbreaks and shade to cool the home in the summer. They’re also pretty and can boost your curb appeal while providing a habitat for many animals and critters. 

Evaluate every tree before you decide to remove them. When in doubt, have a professional arborist inspect your tree and provide a recommendation.

Also read: How much does tree planting cost?

Does homeowners insurance cover tree removal? 

If you have a dead or dying tree, some homeowners insurance may cover some or all of the cost of tree removal. If your tree fell and caused damage, it usually depends on what caused the tree to fall and what type of damage you sustained. Read your policy and contact your insurance agent to find out if you’re covered. 

References: Craftsman National Home Improvement Estimator, Gordian Contractor’s Pricing Guide

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