It may be that time of the year, and you might wonder how to hire a tree service. Whether you need a tree removal service, a firm that does tree pruning, or a tree specialist, remember that the right certified arborist will prioritize your tree health.
Hiring a tree service is not something you should rush. There are so many tree care services to choose from, so how do you tell which one is right for you?
This guide will show you how to hire the right tree care service.
Why Do You Need A Tree Care Service?
Before you begin looking for a tree service that follows the standards of the tree care industry association, you need to determine what you want the tree care service to do.
We know you want to prune your trees, but you need to specify which trees.
Did you have a specific layout in mind? Are there trees you don’t want to remove regardless of the circumstances?
Knowing all of these will help you decide on the best tree service for your needs. It will also help the tree service to deliver an excellent job.
If you don’t have a specific need, be upfront with the tree service. They can then assess the needs and offer free estimates.
Red Flags To Look Out For In A Tree Service
There are many warning signs to look out for when hiring tree services. When in doubt, err on caution and avoid tree removal company services with these red flags.
- All-purpose services: Handymen often go around the county with their tools and hand out sale pitches to homeowners. Although they have a loud mouth and great tools to back up their claims, you should ignore them. You need to hire a service with sufficient insurance protection, proof of reliable service, and experience with the task at hand.
- Services requesting a deposit: Any tree service that requires you to make a deposit could be a fraud. Of course, legitimate companies sometimes ask for deposits. Still, these are massive projects that require special tools and extra labor. Tree companies would not typically ask for deposits upfront to take care of a dead tree.
Any service that requires a deposit most likely does not have the right tools or experienced hands to take on the job. Hiring them could put your deposit and property at risk.
- Services that begin work without a cost estimate: Any reputable service will give you a free cost estimate of the services required. Any service that begins working without an estimate most likely doesn’t know what they are doing.
We recommend that you get a free estimate and demand a written contract. The contract should contain the service cost, delivery timeline, and other essential terms. A written agreement will save you from unnecessary arguments when the job is completed (if the services ever finish the job.)
With these out of the way, let’s talk about how you should vet a tree service that looks legitimate.
The Questions You Should Ask a Tree Service
It would help if you asked some crucial questions before hiring a tree service. Legitimate tree care services are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
You can ask these questions via the company’s website, a phone conversation, or in-person if you are willing to visit their offices.
May I see Your Credentials & Licensure?
This one comes first. Don’t do business with any tree service that doesn’t have current credentials and licenses. Their representatives should also be able to recite the license number off the top of their heads.
How long have you been in business?
New tree removal companies can do wonders, but they can also ruin your property and expose you to liability claims. The risk is not worth it. It would be best to only work with tree services at least five years old.
What certifications does your full-time staff have?
Certified arborists are a big deal because it takes a great deal of accountability and commitment for an arborist to get certified. Many tree services claim to have a certification. Still, when you examine them, you’ll find out that their certified arborists are part-time staff.
Before hiring a tree service, ensure that at least two of their full-time arborists have the proper certifications.
What insurance coverage do you have?
As experienced tree experts, we will tell you without blinking that accidents can happen. They don’t always happen, but they will happen one day. It can take years for a tree-related accident to occur for seasoned arborists. Still, when they happen, many issues can pop up.
The insurance will also cover the cost of any damage to your poetry. No matter how good a tree company claims to be, request their certificates of liability and workman’s compensation insurance and call the insurer to ensure they are current.
What equipment and methods do you have/will you be using?
All reputable tree services have their tools, vehicles, and machinery. Aside from special equipment like cranes, they don’t need to contract any equipment before starting a job. They also need protective gear such as gloves, hard hats, goggles, earplugs, and vests.
Their methods also matter. Don’t allow tree experts to climb your tires with spikes, as those can cause damage to the cambium of a tree.
Choose the right tree service
Choose a tree service that makes you comfortable once you’ve gotten sufficient answers to your question. However, please don’t choose a service simply because they gave you a cheap estimate. Go for an experienced company that will provide you with the best experience.
Feel free to call us if you have further questions or require tree care services. We always happen to hear from our readers.
If you are looking for tree removal services or general tree care, our team at The Tree Shop is here for you.
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