How to Pick the Right 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? Fortunately, you can take a few easy steps to end up with a wise choice.
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 Compenation
This ensures that you will not be liable in case there are injuries 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.
In case any of the above-mentioned policies fall shorts, an umbrella policy will make sure that protection is still provided. You should receive this certificate directly from the insurance company and not the contractor, and your name should appear in it as Client.
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
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 will likely mention terms like personal protective equipment, block and tackle, pulleys, etc. If these common rigging devices are hardly mentioned, look elsewhere. 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, make sure you are given the option to have all the debris removed at takedown. Otherwise, it means the service may not have the necessary equipment to do 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, you should be asked to pay after the work is completed, not before. If they insist otherwise, that’s a sure sign that you have to find another tree service.