As far as Tree Services are concerned, some projects can be too big and far too dangerous to do it yourself or to hire an inexperienced friend of the family. Often times, it’s best to find a professional with expertise to ensure safety, protect your property, and optimize the health of the tree. As a general rule we suggest you hire a professional tree service provider if you are unable to perform the work with both feet on dry land. Most of the time, working at heights above ground level will incur risks such as electrical lines, wildlife, as well as the risk of slips and falls. Often times these projects will require proper training and equipment.
Once you’ve decided to hire out your project, there will be another level of risks to assess. Below, we cover some of the important questions to ask to ensure you hire a true professional and minimize the associated risks.
1. Can they produce current proof of insurance? This is the first and probably one of the most important questions to ask. Make sure they are properly insured to ensure you will not be liable for any accidents that may occur.
2. Are they licensed with the correct local licensing boards? Make sure the professional you hire meets all of the requirements and are fully licensed with the correct local boards.
3. Do they have references from their past customers? This is not a necessity but does come with its own quality assurance. Be sure to check major review sites and the Better Business Bureau to ensure that they are not a scam.
4. Will you receive an itemized work proposal? Make sure to get an estimate that covers all of the work proposed and the scope of the job.
5. How will the approach the work and what equipment will be employed? Make sure you understand how the work will be completed, what damage may be done to your lawn or existing landscaping, and how the company plans to leave the job once it is complete. Will they clean up once they are complete? Ask if they have any remedies for collateral damage is something is damaged unnecessarily.
6. What is the timeframe, and what will be their working hours? This will help to set expectations. The last thing you want is to be woken up at 5am by the sound of a bobcat and chainsaws. Find out how long the job will take.
It’s smart to do your due diligent on the front end to help protect you and your property when choosing the right Tree Care expert. Make sure to ask these questions so that you can feel safe and comfortable with your Tree Professional.