Choosing a Tree Service Company – 5 Simple Tips
Choosing a tree service company can be challenging. Whether looking for tree trimming, stump grinding, or complete tree removal, there are a lot of different options out there. It’s not always easy to know who offers quality service in the tree care industry. That’s why we’ve put together the 5 most important things to consider when hiring a tree service.
1) Get Multiple Estimates.
The first reason to do this is to check the price. Tree care service prices can add up quickly, and nobody wants to pay more than they have to. That said, the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” still applies. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The second reason to get several estimates is to compare services. Ask about what equipment they’ll be using. Ask how long they expect it to take. Will they damage your yard? Make sure that you take these things into account when comparing prices.
2) Check for Proper Insurance
Tree trimming and removal can be dangerous work. Even with proper equipment and safety procedures, accidents happen. Make sure your tree service provider is Fully Insured and can provide you with proof. Get a copy of their Liability Insurance Certificate. If they won’t give it to you, then run the other way. Fast.
3) Verify Credentials
All tree care professionals in Maryland are required to obtain a license from the Department of Natural Resources. Again, if they can’t provide you with a copy of their license then you should have nothing to do with them. The purpose of the license is to provide a layer of consumer protection by ensuring that the tree company is qualified and insured.
4) Check Reviews
Before you pick a tree service company, make sure that you’ve checked their reviews. If they treat customers poorly, it will show. Don’t be afraid to ask them about bad reviews, and find out how they resolved the issue.
5) Don’t Pay Til You’re Satisfied
If a company asks for payment up front, you should be skeptical. Any tree care professional who is confident in their service will be happy to complete the job before getting paid. This is not an opportunity to ‘nickel and dime’ them, but you are justified in pointing out any area where they fell short of what they promised.
Keep these tips in mind when choosing a tree service company, and you’ll be fine. Once you’ve completed the transaction, be sure to leave an honest review. This will go a long way in helping others make a good choice, along with providing reliable feedback to the company.