The cost of scams is stupefying, and tree services are not exactly immune. The threat is not fake news, and you should protect yourself from it, no matter what. Good thing it’s all about learning how to choose a good tree service provider.
License and Insurance
A good tree cutting service will have no qualms providing proof of their license and insurance as request. You need this to protect your property, including yourself and others in it.
Two associations that advance good business practices are the Better Business Bureau and your local Chamber of Commerce, among many others. Moreover, industry groups such as TCIA and ISA require sustained education and uphold the highest professional standards among their members. Accreditation makes no guarantees, but it reveals how devoted a business is to its clients.
Arborist with Certification
If your trees are diseased or close to death, you have to look for a certified arborist. This professional will be most knowledgeable in such a situation.
When checking out a tree service, find out how long they’ve been in operation and how much experience their workers have. Competition in this industry is tough; if a service made it to five years and up, that shows they’re doing a good job.
It is impossible to predict nature at all times, and good tree companies are aware of that. So make sure to pick on that you can count on in any season. It’s not efficient to hire a different service each time, so choose one for keeps.
What to Avoid
Reputable tree services don’t have a habit of going door to door to ask people to give them business. Those that do are not licensed and don’t have insurance, which means you taking a big risk if you work with them. If ever there are accidents, all responsibility will fall on you, which is not supposed to be the case.
If a tree company wants you to pay them upfront, whether the full amount or part of it, find another service. A good tree service is paid after job completion to your satisfaction.
Expect a good tree service to give you an estimate in written form, one that is complete and with details, including when the project can be completed.
Finally, keep in mind that aside from their technical qualifications, you should know more about a particular tree service you may be considering. For instance, do they have a safety program (they should!), and if so, how does it work? Did they conduct background checks for each worker they’ve hired? They should be able to answer every relevant question you have.