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Nov 16

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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. There are several options out there, but how can we tell which one is right for us? Good thing you can take some easy steps to ensure that you choose wisely.

Insurance

You should hire a tree removal service with a certificate of insurance that includes:

> General Liability

This will protect you in the event of a property damage. It should be for tree removal specifically, not general landscape service, with a worth not below $1 million.

> Worker’s Compensation

This is very important because without it, you could be liable for any 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.

> Umbrella

More established tree service providers have a policy that ensures protection even if any of the previously mentioned 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.

Certification/Qualification

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 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

Aside from certification, a tree service should also be able to tell you what technique or techniques they will be using to remove the tree as safely as possible. They may mention certain words like pulleys, friction devices, arborist rope, etc. If you don’t hear them talking about these common rigging devices, don’t proceed. The use of proper equipment is a sign of a reliable tree service provider that should not be ignored. Besides, without the right equipment, the entire job could be dangerous for the workers and for the people in the area.

Also, they should give you the choice to have all the debris hauled away right after takedown. Otherwise, it means the service may not have the necessary equipment to do this task. Certainly, you can hire a separate provider for this, but it’s important that you are given a choice.

Lastly, before you start any of the work, be sure to have a contract with the company, where important information about them, such as their credentials and business location, should be clearly expressed. And very importantly, pay only after – not before – the work has been completed. If they insist otherwise, that’s a sure sign that you have to find another tree service.

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