How to Choose a Tree Removal Service
If you have a large tree that needs to removed, be careful when choosing a tree removal service. There are many choices out there, but how do we know which one is the best? Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to help you make a smart choice.
You should hire a tree removal service with a certificate of insurance that includes:
> General Liability
This will protect you in the event of a property damage. It must be for tree removal in particular – not general landscaping services – with a minimum worth of $1 million.
> Worker’s Compensation
This is very important because without it, you could be liable for any injuries suffered on the job.
> Auto Insurance
All trucks and equipment to be used by the company must have commercial insurance in the event that these vehicles cause damage.
More reputable tree service providers will have a policy that guarantees protection in case any of the above policies fall short. You should receive this certificate directly from the insurance company and not the contractor, and your name should appear in it as Client.
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) are the two professional organizations of which most established tree service providers are members. Certifications do not assure satisfaction, but there’s a better chance you’ll be satisfied with the performance of a certified company.
Techniques and Equipment
Besides certification, a tree service should also be able to discuss with you the technique or techniques that they plan to use in safely removing your tree. They will probably mention things like friction devices, pulleys, block and tackle, arborist rope and personal protective equipment. If you hardly hear them talking about such common rigging devices, you should move on to your next prospect. The use of proper equipment is a sign of a reliable tree service provider that should not be ignored. Besides, without the right equipment, the entire job could be dangerous for the workers and for the people in the area.
Also, make sure you are given the option to have all the debris removed at takedown. Otherwise, it means the service may not have the necessary equipment to do this task. Of course, you can hire another provider to do this, but it must be your choice.
Lastly, before you commit to a tree service provider, make sure you have a written contract that includes all pertinent information, such as the company’s credentials and business location. And very importantly, you should be asked to pay after the work is completed, not before. If they insist otherwise, that’s a sure sign that you have to find another tree service.