Choosing The Right Tree Service
Tree work can be quite a huge task to undertake, whether it is just simple yard work or a tree service like having to completely remove a dead tree. As such, it is usually in your best interest to hire professionals that are certified in finishing such a task, so you can have a peace of mind of a job well done and save many hard-earned dollars as well. The following are key things every homeowner should look for when choosing the right tree service for the job.
Do They Have Insurance?
Every professional tree service company should have liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Never assume that a company, regardless of how professional they may appear, to have insurance. Always ask for all certificates of insurance to be sure that if an accident or damage were to occur on your property that you are not responsible for the repairs.
Do They Have the Latest Equipment?
More top end tree service companies will make it a priority to have the latest safety and operational equipment to ensure a job that is both safe and efficient. Also, specific jobs will require a specific piece of equipment, so always inquire about what equipment the company has before hiring them. A good sign of an inexperienced servicing company is if the workers do not even have basic safety equipment such as hardhats (which are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
Do They Give Exact Quotes?
It’s hard to estimate how much a job will actually cost unless someone from the tree service comes to your home to check what needs to be done. It is good practice to stay away from companies that give estimates over the phone. Also, always ensure that the specific price quote is written down to ensure there are no surprise charges once the job is done. Confidently agreeing on a price is the best way to save money.
Check reviews online and look through the company’s website. More professional and long lasting companies will have many positive reviews and most likely have a website that explicitly outlines the services they offer and the equipment they use. Also, check to see how long the company has been operating, as longer lasting companies are often times around because they are respected in the community and their services are efficient enough to warrant incoming customers frequently.
A reliable source to check for ratings is the Better Business Bureau. Highly ranked and respected tree service companies will usually belong to the BBB; it also includes complaints that previous customers may have had and keep companies accountable for rectifying those situations. Membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture is also a good sign of a professional tree servicing company.
Hiring a tree service doesn’t need to be troublesome or costly. There are many respectable companies that offer high quality servicing for an affordable price. Before going out to search for the right company for your needs, make sure to have a clear budget in mind (this will help drastically in funneling through the many different companies and selecting one that is the right fit for the job and for your wallet).