Redwood trees are some of the largest trees in the world, but not all in suburbia are 1,000 years old and 300 ft. tall.

The cost to remove a Redwood tree is $2,150 on average, but it varies greatly depending on its height and access. Smaller Redwood tree removal starts from $450 and can go right up to $15,000 for 100 ft. + monsters.

We take a closer look at tree sizes and costs below as well as factors that contribute to cost.

Factors that affect Redwood tree removal costs

When you request a tree removal quote from a tree service company, they need to consider a lot of factors before fixing the cost of your project.

Factors such as the height of the tree and its accessibility can increase or reduce the project cost compared to the known average. Here are some of the factors used to consider:

1. Size of the tree

The height and spread of a tree will determine how much work needs to be done to completely remove such a tree. It is easier to remove smaller trees compared to large ones.

After all other factors are considered, you should expect the cost of tree removal to increase as the size of the tree increases.

2. Yard access

If your yard is easily accessible for the tree workers to remove your tree without any form of hindrance, you can expect to pay the normal price. However, if accessing your tree is a bit difficult, this may cost them extra workers and equipment, and you can expect to pay extra costs above the actual cost of removal.

3. Distance to powerlines

If you’re looking to remove a tree that has active power lines around, you may need to pay an extra fee. This is because trees around power lines are removed by special line clearance experts certified to do so.

4. Emergency service

If your tree is in a bad condition such that you need to remove it immediately, you may need to pay an extra fee for the emergency service. Most tree companies have tree =services lined up so it’s challenging to have them come to your rescue immediately.

5. Time of the year

Removing your tree during winter will be cheaper because only a few people request tree removal services at this time. Most companies have little to nothing to do at this time and you can easily negotiate a cheaper cost.

Will I need a permit to remove a Redwood tree?

Whether you need a permit to remove a Redwood tree depends on the tree’s size and location. Each county has a set of tree ordinances that give guidelines on whether a particular tree can be removed or not.

Insignificant trees such as dead, diseased, or small trees are not bound by regulations, and you can go ahead and remove them without a permit.

For other trees, especially those on public lands, you need to consult with the council to know if you’ll need to get a permit or not.

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Will homeowners insurance cover the cost of Redwood tree removal?

Most homeowners insurance will cover the cost of Redwood tree removal if the tree has fallen due to wind or storm. Most insurance will not cover the removal of healthy trees or dead trees that have fallen after being neglected. Sometimes, you may rely on your insurance coverage when dealing with invasive trees like Sudden Oak Death.

Free Redwood tree removal services

Some tree services are always looking for quality timber to mill and sell it for a profit, and if you have desirable timber, they will remove the tree free in exchange for the wood.

Depending on the city you live in, this can be hit-and-miss, but it is worth ringing around. See our articles on free tree removal here.

When is the best time to remove a tree?

Most of the time, removing trees can be cheaper during winter. This is because tree removal is seasonal, and tree services have less work in the cooler months. As a result, they are generally willing to remove a tree for less to keep the work coming in.

Cost to trim a Redwood tree

The cost of tree trimming, much like removal, varies depending don’t the height and location of the tree on your property.

The average cost of Redwood tree trimming is $950. This will be for a canopy lift on a mid-sized specimen. Larger trees and more extensive trimming can cost as much as $2,150.

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Ben McInerney
Author: Ben McInerney - Ben is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.