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What should I know before hiring a tree service?

Because an unqualified tree service company may cause more harm than good, the Tree Care Industry Association recommends the following:

Ask to see verification of current certification and liscences before work begins.

Compare estimates

Insist on a signed contract detailing services to be performed, when the work will be performed and cost.

Don’t pay for services until the work is completed.

Ask that tree spikes not be used unless necessary.

When can I get a better price?

Normally, the best time to have tree work done is during the cooler season. A tree’s structure is most accessible when there is less leaf cover. Because most people begin thinking about their trees in the spring and summer, many companies will offer discounts and provide faster service in the winter.

Beware of non-professional tree service companies.

The Tree Care Industry Association advises that consumers never work with a tree company that advertises door to door. Do not choose a company that demands payment prior to delivering services or will not provide a written estimate. Never use a tree service that cannot prove State Licensing, insurance and Workmen’s Comp.

16 Tips for hiring the right tree service

  1. Check for International Society of Arboriculture certification. ISA Certified Arborists are experienced individuals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care. Equally reputable are companies with Tree Care Industry Association accreditation. They have at least one ISA-certified arborist on staff and are audited for trade licensing compliance. They’re also evaluated for trained personnel, proper insurance, and reliable and ethical customer service.
  2. Are they Licensed Utility Arborists?
  3. Ask for proof of General Liability Certificate and a list of references.
  4. Do they have an experienced crew?
  5. Do they have formal training and certifications of all employees?
  6. Do they have well maintained, professional grade equipment?
  7. Do they use low-impact techniques and equipment?
  8. Do they have full-service capabilities to care for all your tree needs?
  9. Do they adhere to ANSI  Z133.1 standards?
  10. Do they recycle all wood debris?
  11. Do they provide a detailed, written estimate?
  12. Can you call former clients or drive by a recent job site to check out their handiwork.
  13. Are they an official “Drug-Free” workplace?
  14. Are they members  of the Better Business Bureau?
  15. Do they collect payment only after the job is complete?

Avoid hiring tree companies that employ topping techniques, unless you’re pruning a fruit tree. Knowledgeable arborists know topping is harmful to trees and isn’t an accepted practice

Why Hire an Arborist

An arborist specializes in the care of trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained to provide proper care. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add to property values. Poorly maintained trees are a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, is dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

 

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