Finding a Good Tree Removal Service
If you have a big tree that must be removed, it is important to choose a tree removal service with care. There are many choices out there, but how do we know which one is the best? Fortunately, you can take a few easy steps to end up with a wise choice.
A tree removal service should be able to show you a certificate of insurance that covers:
> 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.
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.
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
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. Using the right equipment is a sign that the company is professional and truly reliable. 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, the service may not have the equipment needed for this task. You can definitely hire other people for this, but you must be given that 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 only means one thing – you have to find another tree service.