March 27, 2018 6:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Whether you have unsafe tree branches hanging over your house or an unattractive dead tree in your front yard, you want to choose the best possible tree service company to handle the job. Below are six important things to know before hiring a tree service:

  • The company must be licensed: Although an individual or team works for a company, that doesn’t mean they are properly trained to do the job. Because a lot of damage can be done to your trees and property if employees are not trained, make sure that the company you want to hire has the necessary credentials, and find out if they are licensed to perform tree services. Letting an unlicensed company onto your property is a huge risk.
  • They need to have adequate insurance: Don’t hire just anyone to trim your trees. A tree care company needs to have adequate insurance coverage for liability and worker’s compensation. If they don’t, you don’t want them working anywhere on or near your property. Liability insurance covers you financially should the company cause damage to your home or possessions, while worker’s compensation insurance is in place to protect the company’s employees—and you. It covers injuries to employees that occur on your property, while also protecting you from a lawsuit.
  • Ask if they can do what you need them to do: Before hiring a company, you need to make sure they offer the tree services you need. For example, some companies don’t offer stump grinding because they don’t own the equipment to do it. And if they don’t have access to a crane, they probably can’t reach trees of a certain height.
  • It’s good to ask for referrals: If you did not find out about the company from someone you know, like a friend, neighbor or family member who you could ask about their experience, then you should ask for referrals. Getting referrals from customers who required tree services similar to yours is a good way to get a feel for the company. You can also check the internet for customer reviews and ratings.
  • Always get an estimate and find out what they charge: It’s in your best interest to look into what the company charges for their services. For instance, are you being charged a flat fee for the entire project from start to finish, or are their separate changes, for example, for limb removal and the stump grinding process? Additionally, always get a written estimate for the job. This way you know exactly how much you are expected to pay and can avoid surprise charges.
  • Ensure they are using the right equipment: Find out if the company you want to work with has all the equipment needed for the job, whether they own or rent it. Often times a company may turn down a job simply because they don’t have access to special pieces of tree service equipment.

If you are searching for a trustworthy and reliable tree service, look no further than the tree care professionals at Allan’s Tree Service. Call us anytime to schedule an appointment!

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