Finding a Good Tree Removal Service
If you have a big tree that must be removed, it is important to choose a tree removal service with care. There are several options out there, but how can we tell which one is right for us? Fortunately, you can take a few easy steps to end up with a wise choice.
You should hire a tree removal service with a certificate of insurance that includes:
> General Liability
This should cover you for any property damage that may occur. Take note that it should be specifically for tree removal, not for general landscape services, and should have a worth of no less than $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.
Two professional organizations of which reputable tree services are typically members are the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). Certifications do not guarantee that you will be satisfied with a certain company’s performance, but significantly increases the chances that you will.
Techniques and Equipment
Aside from certification, a tree service should also be able to tell you what technique or techniques they will be using to remove the tree as safely as possible. They will probably mention things like friction devices, pulleys, block and tackle, arborist rope and personal protective equipment. If you don’t hear them talking about these common rigging devices, don’t proceed. The use of the right equipment is a sign of a truly professional and reliable tree service company that should never be ignored. Besides, it can be downright dangerous for both the workers and people in the area if proper equipment is not used.
Also, they should give you the choice to have all the debris hauled away right after takedown. Otherwise, the service may not have the equipment needed for this task. Of course, you can hire another provider to do this, but it must be your choice.
Finally, before committing to a tree removal service, make sure your agreement is in the form of a written contract that includes all crucial information, such as the company’s business location and credentials. And very importantly, pay only after – not before – the work has been completed. If they insist otherwise, that’s a red flag.