How to Pick the Right Tree Removal Service
If there’s big tree in your area that needs to be removed, make sure you pick a reputable tree removal service to do it. There are many choices out there, but how do we know which one is the best? Fortunately, you can take a few easy steps to end up with a wise choice.
A tree removal service should be able to give you a certificate of insurance that includes the following:
> General Liability
This will cover you for property damage if it occurs. It should be for tree removal specifically, not general landscape service, with a worth not below $1 million.
> Worker’s Compenation
This is very important because without it, you could be liable for any injuries suffered on the job.
> Auto Insurance
All trucks and equipment that will be used by the tree removal service should be covered by a commercial policy in case those vehicles cause any 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 are not guarantees that a tree removal company is good for you, but they do increase the odds that you will be satisfied with their work.
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 likely mention terms like personal protective equipment, block and tackle, pulleys, etc. If you hardly hear them talking about such common rigging devices, you should move on to your next prospect. 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, make sure you are given the option to have all the debris removed at takedown. Otherwise, the company may not have the right equipment for this task. You can definitely hire other people for this, but you must be given that 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 sure sign that you have to find another tree service.