Finding a Good 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. You will find many options out there, but how do you choose a good one? Good thing you can take some easy steps to ensure that you choose wisely.
A tree removal service should be able to give you a certificate of insurance that includes the following:
> General Liability
This will protect you in the event of a property damage. It must be for tree removal in particular – not general landscaping services – with a minimum worth of $1 million.
> Worker’s Compenation
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 must get this certificate directly from the contractor’s insurance company, not from the contractor, and should include your name as Client.
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) are the two professional organizations of which most established tree service providers are members. Certifications do not assure satisfaction, but there’s a better chance you’ll be satisfied with the performance of a certified company.
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. Using the right equipment is a sign that the company is professional and truly reliable. Besides, without proper equipment, the entire project could spell real danger for both the workers and everyone who will be in the area.
Also, you should be given the choice to have all the debris removed immediately after the 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, you should be asked to pay after the work is completed, not before. If they insist otherwise, that’s a red flag.