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What Should You Ask When Hiring A Tree Service In 2020? (4 Quick Tips)

Finding the perfect tree service company to remove overgrown and collapsed trees on your property can be a tough task in the age of the internet. If you’re new to hiring within this industry, combing through the pages and pages of tree service listings can be overwhelming.That’s because there are over 180,000 registered tree trimming companies here in the United States.

With so many different services to choose from, it’s obvious why picking the one that suits your needs and budget is incredibly important. Making the wrong choice could cause you a world of headache down the line.

We’ve listed the four main questions you should be asking when researching potential tree service options.

Without further ado, let’s jump straight into it!

Question #1: Do you have proper licenses and insurance for tree service?

This is by far the most important question on this list. 

Liability insurance will protect you from being legally and financially responsible for injuries or damages that occur during the tree service process. Some companies will falsely claim they possess the proper insurance to carry out the procedure, but you should always ask for proof and cross check their documents with the appropriate insurance firm. 

When researching tree care providers, ensuring they have proper licensing and certifications should also be top of mind.

The International Society of Arboriculture and Tree Care Industry Association are the two organizations that license individuals working in Arboriculture, including tree service providers. Top companies will employ both an ISA Certified Arborist, as well as a TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional.

Question #2: What is included in complete tree service?

It is vital to have your preferred tree care company explain what their services include. 

While some companies will chop down your tree, cut its trunk into pieces and carry away the lumber for you, others will simply leave it all where it lies if you don’t pay an extra fee. Make sure to clarify this to avoid confusion at the end of the job. 

Be sure to note that some companies may charge after a certain travel time or mileage. In this case, choosing a tree service provider that is local to you should also be a priority to save on unnecessary costs.

Lastly, keep in mind that lower quotes are not always the best – some tree service providers will cut corners in an effort to make a quick buck off you. Be careful!

Question #3: How much time will tree service take?

No two tree removal gigs are the same.

Get a representative from your desired tree service company to come out and inspect the job site before finalizing a price. Most reputable tree trimmers will come out free of charge.

Your yard will be mostly unusable throughout the service period, so it is important that the time estimate is as accurate as possible. This time could vary from hours to weeks depending on the complexity of the job.

Knowing exactly how much time the tree removal process will take is going to save you a lot of (literal) headache moving forward. Use this question to help you schedule time around your upcoming tree service appointment.

Question #4: Is a deposit required prior to service?

This is a perfect final question to gauge the integrity level of your prospective tree service providers.

Any reputable firm will immediately shut down the notion of an up front payment. True professionals in the tree service industry do not charge before service has been completed. Never hire a servicer that requires you to pay a deposit. 

That’s It!

These questions are simple, straight to the point, and will ensure you get much of the important information necessary to weed out undesirable tree service options. 

If these questions are all answered to your satisfaction, utilize traditional business review sites such as Yelp and Google Reviews to further vet your options. Be sure to do as much research as possible before making your final decision.
At Puget Sound Tree Care, we take pride in providing unparalleled, professional services for all of North Puget Sound and Camano Island. If you’re looking for someone to get the job done the right the first time, look no further. Get a free estimate today!

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