Looking for the right tree company can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time. However, it is actually easier than you maythink, as there arecompulsory qualifications a company must have in order to offer tree related services.
In order to help you, we have listed below the most important things to look for when choosing a good tree company.
The first thing that you should look for in your prospective company is certification. It is required by law that a certified arborist should be employed in order for them to run a tree company. These certifications could be one of the following:
- International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification
- Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP)
- Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Accredited Business
Note that in cases where electricians are involved, an arborist with an Approved Line Clearance should also be part of the company.
The next thing that you should ask your prospective company is if they have any insurance. Why? Having the assurance that the company that you will be hiring is insured will put you out of the risk of being liable if ever an accident happens on site.
There are three types on insurance that the company should have:
- Workers’ Compensation Insurance – this includes coverage for injuries on the jobsite for you and the company’s workers.
- General Liability Insurance – this insurance will serve as protection for your property in case it is damaged by the contractors
- Commercial Auto Insurance – this covers damages caused by heavy equipment or vehicles used during the tree service
3. License and Training
Tree companies should have at least one certified arborist for you to be sure that they actually know what they are doing on the job. Take note that the arborist’s certification should be up-to-date because arborist certifications expire after three years. Aside from a certified arborist, the company’s workers should be well-trained and experienced with performing tree services. An untrained worker will cause a lot of trouble on the job site and may cause unnecessary damages to your property.
Another important thing to consider is the willingness of the company to provide you with a written contract that should be signed by both parties. Everything about the job should be included, which includes the billing. This is to guarantee that there will be no hidden additional charges once the job is done.
Just like in any business, reviews are one of the most reliable methods to understanding the company’s reputation. Look for what previous clients have to say about the company’s rate, quality of work, and professionalism. Take a look at Checkbook.org for some non-biased consumer reviews on tree services.