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Finding a Good Tree Removal Service

If you have a large tree that needs to removed, be careful when choosing a tree removal service. You will find many options out there, but how do you choose a good one? Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to help you make a smart choice.

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 must be for tree removal in particular – not general landscaping services – with a minimum worth of $1 million.

> Worker’s Compensation

This ensures that you will not be liable in case there are injuries on the job.

> Auto Insurance

Trucks and equipment to be used should have commercial coverage if they cause any 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

Most reputable tree service providers belong to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). Certifications do not guarantee that you will be satisfied with a certain company’s performance, but significantly increases the chances that you will.

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 will likely mention terms like personal protective equipment, block and tackle, pulleys, 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 proper equipment, the entire project could spell real danger for both the workers and everyone who will be 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. Of course, you can hire another provider to do this, but it must be your choice.

Lastly, before you commit to a tree service provider, make sure you have a written contract that includes all pertinent information, such as the company’s credentials and business location. And very importantly, pay only after – not before – the work has been completed. If they insist otherwise, that’s a red flag.

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