Hiring a tree care professional
Trees are an investment, which is important to keep in mind when hiring a tree care professional to trim and/or remove trees. Strategically planted trees can save on heating and cooling costs, reduce storm water runoff, attract birds, and add value to your home. Take a moment to review these tips about hiring a tree care company.
1) Think about safety and the risk of potential damage during tree work.
Ask for certificates of insurance, including proof of liability and workers' compensation. Then phone the insurance company to make certain the policy is current. Under some circumstances, you can be held financially responsible if an uninsured worker is hurt on your property or damage is done to your neighbor’s property!
2) Consider where the company is located.
Beware of individuals who go door-to-door and offer bargains for performing tree work, especially if they are not based in the metro area. Most reputable companies are too busy to solicit work in this manner. Improper tree care can take many years to correct and may negatively affect the health of the tree or cause it to decline.
3) Ask for local references.
Find out where the company has done work similar to the work you are requesting. Don't hesitate to check references or visit other worksites where the company or individual has done tree work. Remember, tree care is a substantial, long-lasting investment. Eexperience, education, and a good reputation are signs of a good tree care provider.
4) Get more than one written estimate.
Require full details of the work and costs of any additional work that may be necessary. Two or more opinions and written cost estimates are worth your time and efforts. Never be pressured or rushed into accepting work by apparent bargains. Never pay in advance.
5) Don't always accept the low bid.
You should examine the credentials and the written specification of the firms that submitted bids and determine the best combination of price, work to be done, skill and professionalism to protect your substantial investment.