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Five Tips To Expect From a Responsible Tree Care Service Company


Thinking of hiring a tree trimming service? When searching for an independent tree care service here are five tips to finding the right company and ensuring there are no surprises with your next landscaping project.

Certainly, you’ve heard the expression, “You get what you pay for.” Sometimes simply selecting the lowest bid increases the risk of project failure and may lead to higher costs down the road.

With proper planning and a knowledgeable contractor, you can be assured of a job well done at a reasonable cost.

How much should you expect to pay, if anything, for an estimate or consultation?

In tree care, free estimates are most common. A company who uses a Certified Arborist or a trained tree care professional can not only answer your questions but provide insight into other areas which may need attention due to deadwood or disease, or ways to improve the aesthetic of your property.

Does price reflect quality?

Our estimator may provide recommendations on how the project should take place. In the long run, is it worth cutting corners? The lowest bid is not always the best. Request a written description of the materials necessary for the job. A low bid may indicate that a contractor doesn’t include all aspects of tree trimming and removal including flush-cutting, grinding of the stump, hauling logs, chipping limbs and a total clean up.

What type of insurance should I request from a tree removal company?

Before selecting your contractor, be sure to verify all licensing and insurance. Don’t be afraid to ask to see if the liability policy is at least $1 million. Even more so, ask if they have an umbrella policy to match. A responsible tree company will have and will provide you with the POI (proof of insurance) on the spot.

What should be in my contract?

Nailing down your project’s specifics in a written contract protects the homeowner and the contractor. You want to ensure that all the work is completed and that no other unmarked trees are removed or stumps ground.

How do I make the right choice?

It’s important that you’re comfortable with the company. The right person for the job will be easy to talk to, upfront and honest. If your gut tells you it’s right, it probably is.

What about contractor's credentials?

Before you hire a contractor, be sure you understand their qualifications, including any certifications they have from national trade organizations. Look for:

  • ASM (Arborculture Society of Michigan)
  • TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association)

Also check reviews and referrals from:

  • Angie’s List

  • Houzz

  • Yelp

  • Facebook

What should be the final actions of a tree care project?

  1. Schedule a final walk-through.

  2. Ensure things are complete before signing off.

  3. Submit a review to one of the sites.

Jason Godfrey