Owning trees means you are responsible for keeping them healthy and safe, and it is not always easy to do that. In most cases, you will need help from the professionals to ensure the optimum condition of your tree. Whether you need residential or commercial tree service, it pays to do your research before you decide to hire the right company.
You need to protect yourself from the wrong company because your safety and your property are at stake. The first step in finding the right tree service is to ask the right questions. You should hire a tree service company that is ready and willing to accommodate your inquiries.
Can I get a copy of your license and insurance?
Most tree services, particularly tree removal and emergency tree removal, can be life-threatening. Sometimes, even the most experienced tree service face accidents due to the risky nature of the job. For this reason, it is extremely important to ask the tree company if they are licensed and insured. Don't easily trust the company when it says it has a license and liability insurance. Always ask for proof. If you come across a tree service that refuses to show you these important documents, it can be an indicator that they are not the best fit for the task you require. Any quality company will be happy to provide you with this information because they know it will ease your worries.
Can you give me a list of references?
A seasoned tree service company has served plenty of customers who are willing to be contacted for a reference. The company keeps track of this information and readily gives it to their prospective customer upon request. Who else can you ask for the quality of service and professionalism of the tree service but their previous clients? They can provide you with an honest opinion about their overall experience with the company's service. You deserve to work with the best possible tree company for the job, so make time to check on those references.
Can you provide me an accurate estimate?
Tree care will cost you money, and you want to make sure you spend it on a company that values its worth. Make sure that you are getting the best deal by asking at least three estimates from various companies of the same stature. Be wary of companies that ask for money upfront even before they begin the work. When it comes to tree services, you only have to pay once you see the result, and you are satisfied with it.
The written estimate should be as detailed as possible with information about the timeframe of the task, its scope, and the total cost. You want to hire a tree company that can complete the job safely and efficiently.
Do you perform "topping?"
"Topping" refers to cutting random branches at the canopy of the tree with the aim of reducing its size. This practice is never recommended because the tree develops multiple dominant trunks that make your tree a threat to you and your property. Steer clear from any tree company that uses this poor practice because this will put your tree in danger.
Do you use spikes when pruning or trimming trees?
A reputable tree company knows that using spikes when pruning and trimming can have an adverse effect on the tree's health. Spikes are used for easier climbing for the arborist, but it leaves punctures that make your tree susceptible to diseases and infestations. It is only acceptable to use spikes when you want your tree to be taken down. Other than that, it should never be used on your healthy tree.
Hiring a tree service company is a big decision, which is why you should take the time to screen and select the company that cares for your tree and your safety, as well.
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There is no doubt that tree care requires experience and precision. One wrong move can cause significant damage not just to your trees, but to your property, as well. Some jobs are just too difficult to handle for an average homeowner that is why the help of a seasoned tree company is required. But the next thing you need to look for is a tree company that will provide you with excellent service. How do you know they are the best company for the job? It is essential to ask these questions the company you wish to hire, to get the value for your money.
Do they insurance and proof of their work contract?
You shouldn't just let anyone handle one of the most dangerous jobs there is. Some homeowners make a mistake of hiring a company who isn't insured only to be liable for damages incurred in their property. If anyone gets injured while they are in your property and they don't have insurance to cover it, you will be responsible for the cost.
Are they certified?
Always be on the safe side and hire only a company with an arborist certified by an International Society of Arboriculture or accredited by a Tree Care Industry Association Accredited Business.
Do they have references?
A reputable service-based company should be happy to share a list of clients they have served in the past. Look for the most recent references because they are the ones who experienced the current service they offer.
Can they offer a detailed estimate?
Get estimates from at least three potential tree companies before signing a contract. The estimate should detail information about the work involved, the timeline of the project, and the total project cost.
What equipment will they use?
A skilled tree service company will not just use any equipment on your landscape. It is essential to let them know about objects in your yard that are prone to damage so that they can take proper measures. You should also ask them about the clean-up process and what it includes. They should make sure your area is neat after the project.
How much time do they need to finish the project?
You can see this information in the estimate. You can hold them responsible if there is a delay with the completion of the task.
Do they seem professional?
It is easy to miss important details when you are not looking at them. Look at the small but essential information to find out if they are professional or not. Notice if their trucks and equipment are well-maintained because it means they give importance to the things they use in the job. Make time to check their website as well because this will give you an idea of their services and give you additional information about the company.
Are they an experienced company?
If you trust an amateur tree company to complete a large-scale project, you may end up spending a lot because if they make a mistake, you have to redo it and pay again for the same job.
Owner of Birmingham Tree Service - Chad Ammons