- October 1, 2018
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Tree Services
Acts of nature happen and sometimes trees just go bad. When this happens you need to hire a tree removal company. With so many companies out there, how do you know that the one you hire is trustworthy and won’t advise extra work that may not necessarily need to be done? Here are some things you can do to try to ensure the company you choose is someone you can trust to do the job right.
Check for insurance.
A good arborist company will have a good liability insurance policy and workman’s compensation insurance. Ask to see those certifications to ensure they are current and up to date and that the policy information matches what you were told. Don’t forget to ask your local city hall to find out if the tree removal companies are required to be licensed and registered for your area.
Research the company.
One of the easy ways to find out about a company is checking out their social media. See what comments and reviews have been made about the company. You can also see how the company handled any complaints, which will let you know how well they take care of their customers when they are unhappy. Try asking around to see if anyone you know has used a company and how satisfied were they. Another resource to find a reputable company is Home Advisor.
Don’t go with the first company you find. Take time to get estimates from at least three different companies. If the company is honest the estimates should be in the same general price, give or take a little bit. Be wary of any company that asks for payment up front or that wants to begin work without giving an estimate. This could turn into you ending up with paying for work you didn’t agree to. Make sure your estimate has exact details of what work is going to be done. It should have the company contact information( including name, address, and phone number) printed on the estimate. Do not sign a blank document or estimate and make sure you receive a copy of the estimate when you sign.
Be certain of what work you want to be done and how you want it done.
If you have a tree that needs limb removal and it is a tree you care about, make sure you know the company uses the right equipment. Don’t expect more work to be done than what is in the estimate. The estimate is designed to protect you and the company by making sure both parties are on the same page with the work being done and to keep more work from being done than what was agreed upon.
Once you have your chosen company, pay for services when you are satisfied with the work they have done. If you are able, pay with a credit card as that does give you added insurance if the work does not go as contracted or is not completed.
Make sure the company is prepared for mishaps.
Tree removal can be tricky and sometimes things happen. Make sure the company is prepared should any wires be taken down by falling limbs. Usually, teams will use ropes to lower limbs to minimize that risk. If it is something like telephone wires, most companies have someone that is trained to splice those wires back together. Don’t trust a company that says they are able to splice back electrical wires. This can be dangerous. The company should contact the electrical company and have a trained technician come out and cancel power to the downlines to reconnect them safely.
Don’t let a company pressure you into signing before you are ready. This process can be stressful and you may be ready for life to go back to normal, however, you shouldn’t make a snap decision. Do your due diligence and make sure the company you hire is going to do the work efficiently and correctly. Yes, there may be another company that has a lower cost, but it could cost you later down the road if they don’t do the work correctly. It would be better to spend a little more and have the work done correctly than to have more damages show up later. Find out what practices they use for the trimming or removal to make sure they won’t damage your tree. Tree removal is necessary sometimes, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be painful.