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The Top Ten Things to Think About When Hiring a Tree Service

It can be difficult to determine who to employ as a service professional to conduct work at your home. When it comes to difficult and often risky work like tree service, there are many variables and factors to consider. This article looks at a Top Ten list of things to worry about while hiring a tree service. These elements are incredibly helpful and important to know when having tree work estimates.

1 – Security
When it comes to tree work, the most important factor to consider when hiring a tree service is safety. Because of the hazardous nature of our work, a tree company’s culture and tone must prioritise safety. Make sure the tree service you hire employs a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional, adheres to industry safety standards, has a written safety policy, and holds regular safety meetings.If you wish to learn more about this, visit Bart’s Tree Services NYC.

2 – Fully Insured, Licensed, and Certified
Another important feature of a qualified tree service company is that it is fully insured, including workers’ compensation and liability insurance. For General Liability, the tree service should have a minimum of 1,000,000 per occurrence and 2,000,000 overall, as well as 500,000 for workers’ compensation. It is not advisable for a homeowner to employ an uninsured tree service for a number of purposes, the most important of which is whether or not you trust your house, vehicle, and property. If that’s the case, make sure you hire a fully insured company!
It is equally important to be licenced and certified. A tree company does not need to get a business licence in the city or county where they are based much of the time, although some cities and counties do require licences in their jurisdiction. Individuals in Arboriculture are accredited by the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and the TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association). You can hire a tree care company that has an ISA Certified Arborist on staff as well as a TCIA CTSP Certified Tree Care Safety Professional.

3 – Longevity & Reputation
Any service provider that conducts work at a home should have a strong track record. There are some “so-called” tree experts who will take your money and run. Never pay a tree service for a job up front, even if it’s just a deposit. Deposits are frowned upon by our industry’s real professionals. Some good questions to ask to decide if the business you’re considering has a good reputation are: Have you been in company for a long time? What is the number of trained arborists on your team? Are you willing to provide references? Do you have control over your own equipment, especially your crane? Checking websites like Angie’s List or Customer Checkbook for details on a company’s credibility is another alternative. The best approach is to talk to your friends and neighbours; chances are they have both positive and bad stories to share! Quality tree service is most likely to be offered by a company like JL Tree Service Inc, which has been in operation for over 35 years and has served for both homeowners, enterprises, and municipalities.

4 – Tools and equipment
We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not the spear, it’s the Indian!” This is certainly real, as tree work necessitates a specific skill set. However, good equipment is needed to complete the job efficiently and safely. Check to see whether a tree service’s vehicles, such as bucket and chipper vans, chippers, flatbeds, chainsaws, and other tools, are newer and well-maintained.

5 – Employees
Inquire about the number of workers hired by a tree service. Since tree work is risky and requires special skills, it’s important that the right people are on the job. Who wants an inexperienced or unskilled labourer felling a large Oak tree that is threatening their home? I’m not one of them! At the very least, a reliable and trustworthy tree service should include a few top climbers with at least two years of experience in large tree removals. This is what you want to look for in a business like JL Tree Service Inc, which has over 18 top tree climbers with several years of experience in large removals and crane removals, three certified arborists, and one certified safety pro on staff.

6 – The location
It may not seem relevant how far a company is from your place, but it is. The cost of travel time must be factored into the cost of a tree service calculation. If the business is close to your home, the cost should be lower because the travel time is shorter. It’s possible that a tree service within 10-15 miles of your home would suffice. We all know how expensive gasoline is these days!

7 – Industry Standards
OSHA and ANSI standards are used by the tree care industry as guidelines for protection, general work practises, tree pruning, and more. Ensure that the tree service you employ meets the ANSI pruning guidelines. Many tree experts prune trees incorrectly and suggest bad tree care. There are several different tree types, and each tree responds to a variety of tree pruning methods in a specific way. Ensure that the professional opinion is given by a licenced arborist or a long-serving professional. Improper tree care includes topping and cutting back trees too hard.

8 – Accept any and all forms of payment.
Take care who you recruit. Any tree cutters who approach you on the street and ask for your business are likely uninsured, just accept cash, and unprofessional. Many tree services will offer you a free estimate. If you have three or four estimates, they will all be very different. You could get a low bid of $1800 and a very high bid of $4000, for example. A few others will be similar, with prices ranging from $2800 to $3200; these are most definitely the two companies you should look into. When it comes to tree work, it is not always best to go with the lowest bid because there are several factors to consider, as mentioned in this article. Examine all bids carefully and ask questions! JL Tree Service Inc, for example, supports all types of payment, including credit cards.

9 – Provided services
If you’re a customer who wants a lot of tree work done, make sure you’re dealing with a real tree company. There are a lot of ‘tree cutters’ out there who don’t have the proper tree job insurance. When it comes to the larger and more dangerous trees, be wary about who you recruit. Emergency tree care, tree removal, tree pruning, tree stump grinding, tree fertilising, tree planting, tree restoration, landscaping, grounds maintenance, snow ploughing, and other tree-related services are offered by the majority of skilled and trustworthy tree companies.

10 – Reuse and recycle wood and debris
I can’t tell you how many times a client or municipality has called to inquire, “Can you go give me a price to haul the debris that a contractor left on the curb?” Yes, a random tree cutter cut down a tree and did not include hauling the wood and debris in their price, but did not notify the homeowner – hence the low price! Since the City or County would not clean up garbage that a contractor leaves behind, the homeowner now has to deal with it. Make sure the proposal specifies whether the wood and debris will be hauled or left.