The health and physical appearance of a tree are hugely affected by the one holding the pruning saw. When a tree is properly planted, pruned, and maintained, it can be structurally healthy and strong for many years. On the other hand, improper care will remarkably shorten their lives and waste all the time and money invested in them. This is why it is so important to hire the right tree service company when you need some work done in your property. Always remember the tips and guidelines below when hiring tree service.
1. Go over your telephone directory and check under “Tree Service” for a list of firms offering tree services in your area. It’s a fact that any person can list his or her firm in the yellow pages, but a list indicates a certain level of permanence.
2. Look for certificates of insurance: proof of liability for personal and property damage as well as worker’s compensation. Call the insurance firm to check if the policy is current.
3. If an uninsured worker is injured on your property or any of your neighbour’s property is damaged, you can be held financially responsible.
4. Ask for local references. Take a peek at some of the work and talk to some former clients if possible. The main things that make a good tree service firm are experience, good reputation, and education.
5. Never rush into a decision simply because the contractor has promised you a discount if you sign an agreement now. Be sure that you understand the work that needs to be done, the money and procedures involved. Keep in mind that it is not good ideal to pay in full before the project is completed. Most reputable companies that do tree services don’t ask for payment in advance.
6. Obtain at least three estimates. Let each professional know that you are obtaining other bids.
7. Good tree service is not inexpensive. A good professional should obtain several types of insurance and purchase expensive equipment. Do not go for an estimate that is below the average. This may imply that the professional is not fully trained or insured, or that there are hidden costs.
8. If the company you are considering is uncertified, find out if it is a member of any professional organisations. Membership in such groups doesn’t automatically mean quality service, but it does imply professional commitment in tree service.