By John Stonaker, Dec 31 2018 02:40PM
Having your trees serviced by the wrong company can risk damage to your trees, damage to your property, and possibly damage to a person. Take the time to do your research first to find a reputable, skilled, credentialed company to ensure your trees and property are cared for and people are protected. Here are some things you should look for when doing your research:
Credentials and licensing: Make sure the tree service is licensed in your state. Since different states have different requirements, the more states the company is licensed in, the more likely they are to have extra training, services, and skills than your state requires. This is a sign of an experienced, quality company.
Insurance: A reputable tree service will have sufficient liability insurance to cover any potential damage and will also carry workers’ compensation insurance. This protects, not only the employees, but also you because if an employee is injured while performing work on your home, you are protected from lawsuits.
Personal protective gear: The use of hardhats, goggles, gloves, etc. also minimizes the likelihood of injuries to employees and shows the tree service company cares about its people.
Training and experience: Ask what kind of training the workers receive and how long they’ve been doing it. They should be trained in the particular service that you need done and have extensive experience. You don’t want your trees to be practice for them.
The right equipment: This is partly on you. You need to be absolutely clear with the company about what exactly you want done, or at least what the problem is that you need fixed. If the company starts the work and you change the scope of the job, they may not have what they need to do the job right.
Estimate: Ask for an estimate, which should include exactly what services they will provide.
Precautions and care: Ask what steps they will take to protect your property and your existing landscaping, and ask them what their policy is if they damage anything. You want to see it in writing.
Contract: Ask to see the contract ahead of time, so you know what’s included and excluded, and if there are any additional fees.
Referrals: Always check for referrals. The tree service should be able to give you referrals easily. They may also have testimonials on their website. You might ask for the referral of a client who has had similar work done.
Taking these steps will give you the confidence that you are hiring a skilled tree service that will properly care for your trees, your property, and all the people involved.