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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 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.
A tree removal service should be able to give you a certificate of insurance that includes the following:
> 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
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.
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 will probably mention things like friction devices, pulleys, block and tackle, arborist rope and personal protective equipment. If these common rigging devices are hardly mentioned, look elsewhere. The use of the right equipment is a sign of a truly professional and reliable tree service company that should never be ignored. 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 service may not have the equipment needed for this task. Certainly, you can hire a separate provider for this, but it’s important that you are given a 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 only means one thing – you have to find another tree service.