It may be time for a yard overhaul. After a year of looking at off-season grass and bare tree branches, you have plenty of time to review all your plans to beautify and improve your home. Now you are ready to boost your home’s curb appeal. You realize that you can do some of the tasks on your seasonal checklist yourself. However, tree removal and tree pruning are best left to professionals.
It is important to understand who does the tree service and what lines and systems run beneath your lawn. You may need to be cautious about underground plumbing or electrical lines.
Find out the questions to ask before making a decision about hiring a tree-removal service .
Are you able to have a certified arborist on your staff?
According to the International Society of Arboriculture, an arborist is a person who has been specifically trained to care for trees. An ISA Certified Arborist is the best choice. These arborists are not just tree experts, but they also receive ongoing training in the field.
Can I see proof of insurance?
This is an absolute must. This is what I did in my case. It was something I didn’t think about. The tree company that I hired caused me a lot of damage, which I didn’t have. I lost my great landlord/tenant relationship when a dead tree caused me to pay twice the cost of tree removal and the cost of repairing damaged sewer lines.
Compliance with OSHA Work Safety Rules and the regulations of your state’s Department of Transportation is essential. Each state has its own regulations. For heavy equipment and underground sewer lines it is important to consider the vehicle’s weight and their proper operation. A properly licensed contractor with insurance is required to insure against damage.
Is my job going to require a permit?
There are often permits (and sometimes clearance from your homeowners association). Failure to comply with these requirements could lead to severe consequences. Unpermitted work can result in severe fines and can create discord within your community. Be sure to follow the law. Get information about the county and ask the company whether they have received any permits.
What length of time will you keep a quote valid?
Ask for a second opinion. However, be sure to know how long each company will honor your quote. You have the right, just like any other thing, to learn about costs. You have the right to investigate costs. You have the right to investigate costs. Remember to not act immediately if you are told by a company that they want you to. High-pressure sales tactics do not bode well.
How often do this issue come up?
Ask about the problem your tree is having. Ask if a tree is still viable. Arborists have the ability to restore health to sick trees. You can often save a beautiful tree.
How long have you been in the tree service industry?
You should find out how long the company has existed before you make a decision on a company. Ask about the number of locations the company has been in the area. Their track record with clients shows their reliability, and their longevity is a sign of their business practices.
This post was written by a professional arborist at www.arborwisetreeservices.com. Robert Miller is the owner of Arbor Wise Professional Tree Care, a locally owned and operated tree service company that offers superb lawn care by the most experienced Arborists. Arborwise Tree Services is a tree removal company that offers stump removal, tree pruning, stump grinding, fertilization, and tree restoration. We have an extraordinary lawn care industry notoriety covering the Pinellas county area.