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
The first thing you should do is to contact your home insurance company to assess the damage and find out 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 brushes left all over the property, window and roof damage, and clients 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 a 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 your 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 free 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 communicates 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 a 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.