How to Choose a Tree Removal Service
If you have a big tree that must be removed, it is important to choose a tree removal service with care. 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 cover you for property damage if it occurs. Take note that it should be specifically for tree removal, not for general landscape services, and should have a worth of no less than $1 million.
> Worker’s Compensation
Without this coverage, you may be liable for injuries suffered on the job.
> Auto Insurance
All trucks and equipment that will be used by the tree removal service should be covered by a commercial policy in case those vehicles cause any 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.
Most reputable tree service providers belong to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). 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
Besides certification, a tree service should also be able to discuss with you the technique or techniques that they plan to use in safely removing your tree. 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, it can be downright dangerous for both the workers and people in the area if proper equipment is not used.
Also, make sure you are given the option to have all the debris removed at 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.
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.