How to Choose a Good Tree Service
The wrong tree care can dramatically reduce the life of a tree and put to waste the time and money devoted to growing it to maturity. A qualified arborist will ensure tree work is done in a safe and proper way, but an unqualified handyman could bring more damage to the tree, and more importantly may leave the burden of liability to the client because they are uninsured.
Hiring a professional should be given serious consideration. Prior to choosing a particular tree service provider, consider the following:
1. Check “Tree Service” in your phone book’s yellow pages and find a listing of tree work companies operating in your area.
Though anyone can be listed in the phone book, a listing represents at least some kind of permanence. Stay away from those advertising “topping” as a service because it is not an approved tree maintenance practice.
2. Ask to view a copy of their certificates of insurance, including proof of property and personal damage coverage, along with worker’s compensation.
Then check with the insurance company whether or not the policy is valid. In certain circumstances, you could be held financially responsible if an uninsured worker accidentally damages a neighbor’s property or injures himself while working on your project.
3. Seek local references of previous clients.
Look at some of your prospect’s work, and talk to former clients if you get the chance. There are three hallmarks of a good tree service provider – good education, substantial experience, and impressive reputation.
4. Don’t be in a hurry to decide just because of a promised discount in the event that you sign a contract on the spot.
Make sure you understand the work to be done and for how much. It is usually not a good idea to pay the full amount until the work has been finished.
5. A reputable tree service provider gets all the work they can manage not having to go door to door.
Unqualified arborists may go around your neighborhood to solicit tree work following a storm, spotting an opportunity to make some quick cash. Storm damage can lead to perilous situations for the property and workers alike. Legit professionals never ask for advance payment.
6. Don’t stick to a single prospect; instead, ask two or more prospects to give you an estimate each, and let them know that you are considering bids from other contractors.
7. A reliable professional will only use climbing spikes when they are removing a tree.
Climbing spikes can promote decomposition when they open unnecessary wounds.
8. Quality tree work does not cost a fortune.
A good professional should carry many kinds of insurance and pay for specialized equipment, which may be expensive. Be cautious with bids which are incredibly lower than the average. There might be hidden fees, or the professional may lack training or the right insurance coverage.
9. Check if the arborist is certified.
While certification is not necessary in certain states, it does tell you that the arborist possesses a high degree of knowledge.
10. If your prospective arborist has no certification, ask whether or not they belong to any particular professional organization.
Membership attests that the professional is highly committed to quality and the satisfaction of his customers.
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