If you own property, sooner or later, you will have to hire a tree removal service, to prune back over-grown or dead branches; or take down a tree. A major storm has left damaged trees on your property. Now, what do you do? If you can’t do the work yourself, you will have to hire a tree company.

Hopefully, this will never happen to you or anyone you know.  However, there are times when situations occur, that are beyond your control. During severe storms or a tornado, the chances of a tree falling coming down, or falling on your home go up exponentially.

This is when you will need to contact a tree removal service to remove broken, damaged limbs or take down a tree. Hiring a tree care company can be a challenge, especially when you don’t know anything about the company. These are the things you need to look for when hiring a tree company.

The First Step to Hire a Tree Removal Service

alt="tree removal service"The first thing you should do is to contact your home insurance company to assess the damage and find our if the problem is covered by your insurance.  Hopefully, will pay for tree removal or home repairs.

The second thing you want to do is hire a good tree care company. It is important to get someone who is trustworthy and an expert in their field. I have heard horror stories about brush left all over the property, window and roof damage and client that got fined when the brush wasn’t cut to proper specifications for the City to remove.

Word of mouth is a great way to find the service that you will be satisfied with. Someone you know has received excellent service from a tree removal company. You just have to find out who! Talk to you friends and neighbors, to find out who they call when they have tree work done.

If you get good feedback from the companies, they refer you to, contact them and speak to them personally. Most companies do not charge for a tree estimate. Make sure they are licensed, insured and registered with your state.

Getting an Estimate

Get two or three estimates from a tree removal service.  This way you will get a feel of what company and what kind of work you can expect.  Remember this is only an interview.  Don’t be shy about asking all the questions you need to make an informed decision.

Of course, it will take a little extra time to get a few estimates for tree work.  This will help you to compare prices and the knowledge of the tree technician.   It is also important to work with someone who communication well and has a pleasing personality.  You do not want to deal with someone who is intimidating or unpleasant.

Because you have been given a free estimate, does not obligate you to use that service. Once you have made a decision, call the company you have chosen as well as the companies you have not chosen, to inform them, you will not be going with them. This is the courteous thing to do, especially since you were not charged for an estimate.

Getting more than one estimate will take a little time, but they are usually free and this will give you an opportunity to compare tree trimming or tree removal and other prices as well as tree care companies.  If you feel the price is too high, haggle!  You have nothing to lose!

Look for a Licensed and Insured Arborist

When looking to hire a tree service, check to make sure they are licensed and insured, to work in your state. If they are legally registered and if there are serious problems with the company you; have the recourse to contact your county office to lodge a complaint.  Several complaints can result in the county revoking the company’s license. If the tree service has their license revoked, if caught working in the area, they will be fined.

You will want to make sure, the tree company you hire has insurance. Insurance protects you, the homeowner against, damage to your property, yourself and those working on your property. Don’t feel reluctant to ask that the company provide a current copy of their insurance.

55 Replies to “How to Hire the Right Tree Removal Service

  1. These are some great tips for hiring a tree removal service. I like how you talked about finding an expert for the job. I wouldn’t want an amateur cutting down the massive oak I have in my front yard.

  2. Thanks for the article. My brother has a couple of old trees in his backyard that he wants removed to make room for a garden. You wrote that you should have two or three estimates to get a feel of what company and what kind of work you can expect. My brother could really benefit from this advice, so I’ll make sure he considers more than one tree service. Thanks for the great tips.

  3. I like that you suggest to get an estimate from two or three different companies. I can see why this would allow you to judge on what the most appropriate price is. This also could be a way for you to get a better deal from the company you prefer to use. My wife and I have been talking about removing the tree in our front yard. I’ll have to remember to do this should we decide to move forward with it.

  4. Before you hire the right Tree Removal Service provider, the first thing you should do is to contact your home insurance company to assess the damage and find our if the problem is covered by your insurance. These are some great tips for hiring a tree removal service. Thanks for the interesting post.

    1. You got it right Gordon. If there are a storm and a tree lands on your home, shed, ect., homeowners insurance should take care of it. Also if a tree is 15 ft from the city power line, the city will take down a dangerous or nuisance tree.

  5. I love the tip you gave about making sure to get 2 or 3 different estimates from different companies so that you can compare rates and make sure that you’re paying a fair price. I’ve heard, too, that when you do this, some companies will offer a price match discount and will offer to lower their price to meet their competitor’s price. I’ll make sure to remember these great points so that I can be sure to hire a great tree service to help me with my tree needs around my yard.

    1. That’s right Troy, never accept the first price. It is you hard earned money you have to spend and you have the right to make a choice convenient for you.

  6. Tree removal is hard work. It’s not something that should be handled by inexperienced people. It’s really a nice and helpful piece of info. I’m happy that you shared this helpful information with us.

    1. You are correct. If you don’t have the proper experience, leave it to the professionals. There is always someone who watches an arborist in action and thinks to himself, “I think I can do that!” The good ones always make it look easy! LOL!

  7. I am a new homeowner and my new home has some pretty big trees in my yard. Those trees don’t look like they are doing well. So, I liked that you pointed out that you should call your insurance company first and find out if they will cover the tree removal. I wouldn’t have thought to do that and doing that could help me figure out if I should get those trees removed.

  8. I am really glad that you emphasize the importance of choosing an arborist that is licensed and certified. After all, tree removal can be very difficult and dangerous. If you need to get a tree removed then you want to make sure that the company you hire will do it in the safest way possible.

  9. It’s great to know how to hire a tree removal service. We have a large tree in our backyard that is threatening our home. I’ll make sure to hire someone who is an expert, like you said, and won’t make mistakes.

  10. It’s good to know I can look for a tree trimming and removal service that is licensed. You mentioned that this is done to protect me in case there is any damage or problems with the work they provide. I don’t anticipate there to be any problems, but it’s good to know that I am protected by licensing, just in case.

  11. Thanks for the tips on hiring a tree removal service. I’ll be sure to get at least two estimates, just to make sure I’m getting the best deal. We have a huge tree in our backyard, and I want it gone soon!

  12. It’s good to know that when it comes to hiring a tree removal service that word of mouth is a great way to find one that we will be satisfied with. Personally, it will make me feel better knowing that the person we hire to do this is someone that is not only an expert but is someone we can trust. Since we are looking to have some trees removed from our property, these are things that we will have to keep in mind.

  13. I like how you suggest interviewing the tree removal specialist you are thinking of hiring so you can make sure to get an estimate and ask questions about their knowledge. I’m looking to remove some of the trees in my backyard to make room for a pool. I’ll be sure to make sure that I get estimates and understand their knowledge so I can pick the best service all around.

  14. My wife and I have been in need of some stump grinding services, and I think that being able to get some tips on how we can best choose them would be helpful for us! I’m glad that you talked about how a free estimate doesn’t obligate you to use that particular service, which I think is good to keep in mind. I’m going to have to make sure that we get some estimates for our stump grinding, and hopefully get some quality services! Thanks for the article!

  15. I have a stump in my front yard that is a real eyesore that I’ve been meaning to get removed for awhile. I like that you suggest getting multiple estimates from different companies so you can compare the two. Holding a phone interview to ask about prices and policies sounds like a great way to narrow down my options. Thanks for sharing!

  16. You make a great point how using recommendations from people we know could be a great way to ensure I hire a good tree removal company. I’d certainly be more willing to trust someone who has been vouched for by a close friend or family member. How many recommendations would you suggest following up on before making a decision on who to hire?

  17. I need to get some tree felling done, and I think that being able to get some help would be good. I’m glad you mentioned being able to get help from your insurance company for tree felling. I’m going to have to look for some good options and see what I can find! Thanks!

  18. I have a large tree in my front yard that needs to be removed as it looks pretty dead. Your suggestion to get multiple estimates seems like it would be a really helpful way to ensure I get a competitive pricing on a tree removal. My budget is pretty limited, so I’ll make sure I get a variety of estimates to help me make a more informed decision of who to hire for the task.

  19. It was really encouraging when you mentioned not being shy and asking about everything that comes to mind so that I can make an informed decision about the service that I will hire. I was planning to get someone to remove the dead tree from the yard because it does not look nice. Selling the house won’t be easy if we have something like that around. Buyers will hesitate to buy the house if they see a dead tree and a few other things in the yard. Thanks. I’ll begin working on it.

  20. It’s good to know how to find a tree removal service. I like how you said to get two or three different estimates so you can make an informed choice. We need a large oak tree in our yard taken down, so I’ll start doing some research!

  21. I have a couple trees in my front yard that need removing, so I appreciated your tips. I especially appreciated your suggestion to look for an arborist that is licensed and insured in your state. I’ll definitely make sure to do this so as to ensure my trees are removed properly and that I won’t be liable for any damage that my occur.

  22. My favorite tip you provided in your article was the one about getting multiple estimates before deciding which tree removal company to work with. I can see why this would be important since it would likely help ensure you hire someone that will do the job properly and for the right price. This is definitely something I’ll do this spring since I have a large tree that need to be taken out.

  23. It’s awesome that you talked about how you don’t want to deal with someone who is intimidating or unpleasant. My best friend is looking to hire a tree service to get his front yard ready for spring. I’ll be sure to talk to him about hiring a professional who is pleasant to be around.

  24. One of our trees is getting dangerously close to our garage. We think it’d be safer to just have it removed, so this is great to know. I’ll be sure to take your advice and talk to two different companies, at least, to get estimates!

  25. I like what you said about first contacting your home insurance company to assess the damage and find out if it is covered by your insurance. This is definitely important as my wife and I budget to get this tree removed from our property. We’re looking into finding a service that can remove this dead tree that’s in the middle of our yard.

  26. I have a really old tree next to my home and there is absolutely no way I could topple it myself. Thanks for suggesting that I find an insured and licensed professional to help me, as it can help reduce the risk. I’ll share these tips with my family so we can find a great tree removal group in our area. Thanks so much for sharing.

  27. My parents have a tree in the front yard that’s been looking old and dead for several years now. The top is all yellow and the branches have started to break off, making it harder for my dad to mow the lawn. I love how you suggest to look for a tree removal service by talking with friends and family to find one that you will be satisfied with. I think that will really help my parents to get rid of that tree and have it done efficiently and effectively.

  28. I’ve been thinking of having a tree service come out and trim a couple of large trees in my yard. I like how you pointed out that I need to stick to hiring someone that is licensed and insured to handle this for me. I’ll make sure to include this in my list of qualifications to look for in a tree service.

  29. My parents have been asking me to help them with finding a tree service. I’m glad you talked about how you want to get estimates for tree services, because I think that would be something my dad would like to do. I’m going to have to look for a few good tree services and see what we can find!

  30. I have a huge tree in the middle of my front yard that I have wanted to get rid of for years! I always thought it was way too expensive to hire someone to come take it down. I appreciated the advice in the article that let me know that I can get a tree estimate. I really do want a reliable company to take down this tree!

  31. I really like what you said about checking and making sure they are a licensed and insured arborist. This is a really good point because in case anything wrong happened in the event of dropping down a tree I want to make sure that we’ll both be covered. Hopefully, I can find a good tree removal service that can help me out.

  32. I really like how you talk about the importance of hiring someone that is trustworthy and an expert in their field. This is something that I have been thinking of doing because I have trees around my house that look like they may be getting old and like they could fall at any moment. Hopefully, I can find a good tree trimming service that would be able to take those down for me.

  33. I agree with you in that it is the second most important thing to choose a good company to help with your trees. It is important to understand that doing some research can help you find the best way to care for the type of trees you have. I can see how anyone looking into this would also want to read online reviews in order to get the best company to help with your vegetation.

  34. I want to cut down one of the trees in my backyard. I know I’ll need a professional to get rid of it for me and to remove the stump as well. I agree that you need to make sure you hire someone who is experienced and trustworthy. this will ensure you will receive excellent service.

  35. My husband and I moved into a home a lot of large, unruly trees, and we’re considering hiring a service that will remove a few. Your article had some great tips for choosing a service like this, and I liked how you said to make sure the company has insurance so as homeowner’s we are protected against damage to the property, ourselves, and those working on your property. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when choosing the tree service best for us.

  36. Hi Gary Puntman ,
    Scope of Work – cut down and remove 4 large red oak (RO) trees and one smaller tree. 3 ROs were within 6 ft of our house, 1 RO about 12 ft from the house and the small tree about 3 ft from the house. The BDC crew arrived on scene at about 1:30 PM 12 July 2018 and by quitting time had cut down the tree nearest the house. The crew returned at about 7:30 AM 13 July 2018 and by late afternoon had removed the other four trees. The crew were friendly, courteous, experienced and fast; yet safe. The trees were removed without damage to the house and the crew did an excellent job of cleaning up debris. My wife and I very much appreciate their hard work that was performed in 95 F weather. When we need additional tree-related work done we will definitely call on BDC. A pleasure to work with!

  37. That’s good to know that you need to check if the tree service is licensed in your state so you can contact your county office if you have any problems later. My dad wants to remove a palm tree in his backyard so I’m helping him find a tree removal service. I’ll have to figure out how to check if they have a license so we can make sure the removal is done correctly.

  38. My tree is looks sick, so I’ve been wanting to get it looked at by a tree service. It was helpful when you mentioned that I should make sure the arborist I hire is licensed and insured, as this will protect both of us should something go wrong. These tips will help me find a great tree service, so thank you for sharing this.

    1. Mr. Anderson you said that your tree looks sick. How does the tree look around the entire trunk, tree roots, base, crown, and top? There are several reasons why a tree can be sick externally and internally. Whenever a customer asks for proof of Insurance makes me feel at ease because it is just another reason to show them that they can always trust me.

  39. I agree that you should always find someone to remove your trees who is trustworthy and an expert. That will ensure no damage will occur to your property, like you said. That’s definitely my biggest priority when finding someone to remove some trees in my backyard.

    1. One important factor concerning a trustworthy tree company is having current liability tree insurance for up to one million dollar coverage.

  40. You’ve got great tips for choosing a tree removal service. I like how you said that we need to get a few different estimates before deciding. We need two large oaks taken out, so I’m sure getting a few prices is smart because it isn’t a small job!

  41. My mom wants to have a tree in our yard removed because it looks old and the branches are falling off. It was suggested here that she should first contact our home insurance to cover for any damage and get an estimate from a tree removal service. Furthermore, it’s recommended to hire professionals for quality tree removal.

    1. always checking with your home insurance coverage is always paramount and utmost importance especially if the tree is damaged from a bad storm. I always try to at least save the trees if at all possible especially if it is a value tree such as a red oak, a spruce, or black walnut tree(etc….) God made trees for our protection and environment and many reasons we cannot really grasp or really comprehend. Thank God such things are all in His Hands and remain a mystery.

  42. I like your tip about getting two or three estimates. That makes sense considering one service could be cheaper than the other. I’ll have to consider your tips so that my trees can get cut.

    1. In any field of work or profession, the customer always gets what they pay for. We know the cheaper the estimate the less safety and lower level of professionalism they acquire.

  43. Thanks for the tips on choosing the right tree removal service. I agree that it is very important to get someone who is trustworthy and an expert in their field. My husband and I have a large tree in our front yard that the city may want us to remove. It can be kind of a stressful thing and having someone who knows what they’re doing helps relieve some of that stress.

    1. Mr. Honda, if the tree is on the primary power lines between both city poles, then Duke Power Energy is responsible for clearing the tree limbs off the power lines within fifteen feet.

  44. My husband and I are wanting to get a tree in our backyard removed before it causes any issues. Thank you for pointing out that we should make sure and hire someone who is trustworthy in this field. I’ll have to do some research and find the best tree service in our area.

    1. Mr. and Mrs. Davis, please make sure their tree Liability insurance is current. What are the issues that yall are concerned about with your backyard tree? Our tree company will do free estimates here in Charlotte and surrounding areas within a 50-mile radius.

  45. It’s great to know more about hiring a tree service. I love how you said that it’s smart to get a few estimates. We’re hoping to have our two trees trimmed, so I’ll do that.

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