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What should I look for in a tree service?

Published On : September 26, 2020

Published On : September 26, 2020

What should I look for in a tree service?

It's time to get your yard spruced up, you say. It's time to cut things down and get them pruned. You've had a year of looking out at the grass and bare trees of the off-season, plenty of time to go over all the plans you had to develop and embellish your house, and now you're ready to take the curb appeal of your home up a notch or two. You note that there is some work you can do yourself when going through your seasonal checklist, but some duties, such as tree pruning and removal, are better left to a tree service professional.

When it comes to tree services, it is important to know what structures and lines run under your lawn, no matter who completes the work around your house. There may be delicate underground electrical or plumbing line networks to be careful of, and you might not know until it's too late.

How do you pick the right company? What are the necessary measures required to avoid scams in the tree service? Allow us to give you a few of our insights into what to look in a tree service.

These should help you lead in the right direction:

Check into the company’s Insurance policies is important to be mindful of the kind of insurance that your tree service specialist has. Not all insurance is the same and if the company you hire does not have the proper liability and the compensation insurance of the worker, then they will not be able to cover the cost of any damage to your property. You need to review the liability policy of the company so that you are safe if there’s any damage that does happen to your home under their watch. You would also want to make sure the company has full employee benefits so that if anyone is injured while working on your property, you will not be held accountable. All insurance certificates should be provided directly to you from the Tree Service Insurance Provider. Otherwise, it could be a fraudulent certificate. 

  1. Look for credentials and licensure

If the employees are not properly trained, a company can do a lot of harm, so check the credentials of the company. Find out if the company is a certified license. You do not want to place a wager on an unlicensed company that presents an enter-at-your-own-risk gamble. It is illegal to run a tree-removing service without a license.

  1. Ask for referrals/ check their reputation

This is just a good common sense. Don't hesitate to ask the company for customer references that have done similar work. You have the right to know what to expect and how other individuals feel about the services given. To find out what kind of credibility the tree service has in its local community, do some analysis. In a variety of locations, the correct tree service should have positive online reviews. Check if the company in question is a member of some respectable trade group. If you need the extra guarantee, ask the company for references. How long has the company been in business? Do local forums, discussion groups, etc. have any concerns about them? Doing a bit of research is always worth the time, particularly for costly projects.

  1. Look into what the company charges

Consider how the company will bill you for the services carried out. Ask for a thorough breakdown of exactly what you're going to be paying for; you'll want to print it out. If the company doesn't want to do this, then they might be interested in squeezing you for extra cash. For example, is the company going to charge an extra fee for stump grinding? Or is there a flat fee for the whole project? It's also important not to just take the cheapest alternative. The expression "you get what you pay for" always holds, so make sure you have done all your other studies and do not make any decisions based solely on the service's cost.

  1. Inquire about what equipment will be used

You want to make sure that the company has all the equipment required for the job. Ask the prospective company what kind of equipment they’re going to use and exactly how they intend to do the job for which you want to hire them. Make sure that you let them know exactly what kind of service you need.

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