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 several options out there, but how can we tell which one is right for us? Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to help you make a smart choice.
You should hire a tree removal service with a certificate of insurance that includes:
> General Liability
This will cover you for property damage if it occurs. 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
Without this coverage, you may be liable for 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.
Most reputable tree service providers belong to 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
On top of certification, a tree service must also be able to discuss with you the technique or techniques they intend on using to remove your tree safely. They may mention certain words like pulleys, friction devices, arborist rope, etc. If these common rigging devices are hardly mentioned, look elsewhere. The use of proper equipment is a sign of a reliable tree service provider that should not be ignored. Besides, it can be downright dangerous for both the workers and people in the area if proper equipment is not used.
Also, you should be given the choice to have all the debris removed immediately after the takedown. Otherwise, the service may not have the equipment needed for this task. Certainly, you can hire a separate provider for this, but it’s important that you are given a choice.
Lastly, before you commit to a tree service provider, make sure you have a written contract that includes all pertinent information, such as the company’s credentials and business location. And very importantly, pay only after – not before – the work has been completed. If they insist otherwise, that’s a red flag.