With today’s technology, we have many tools to search for a product or service that we need – we just go to our favorite search engine and type in what we are looking for. But when it comes to our safety, money, and the well-being of our property and/or our family, it takes more than the information that a web search can provide. When you are searching for a tree service company that would provide the best experience and one that can be trusted for taking care of your property, you will want to pay special attention to things like credentials, insurance, and professional experience, as well as online reputation and reviews.
- Licensed and Insured Tree Service Companies
It is very important to hire a company that has adequate insurance coverage, and you should be aware that there are different types of insurances for these types of businesses. When interviewing potential companies for projects related to your property, you will want to ensure that the company has liability insurance and worker's compensation insurance. This means that they will be able to cover the costs for any damage done to your home. Plus, worker's compensation insurance protects both you and the company's employees, meaning if something happens, the company has the responsibility of cover any injury that an employee sustains while working on your property. Additionally, it can protect you from a variety of lawsuits.
When it comes to licensing, keep your attention on this: an unlicensed company presents an “enter-at-your-own-risk” gamble that you don't want to place a wager on. Operating a tree-removal service without a license is illegal and hiring one may put you and your assets in danger.
- Equipment and Credentials.
Tree removal can be a dangerous task that should not be attempted by a homeowner, but rather done by a professional with the right equipment, experience, and skills. You can find out if the employees are properly trained by checking into the company's credentials. Don’t be shy when it comes to asking questions. Find out how many years of experience the workers have, what is their specialty area, etc. Also, you need to communicate exactly what projects you need completed to determine if the company has the specialized equipment needed.
- Look for Reviews and Reputation
Online reviews and star ratings do play a role when it comes to who you might want to hire for your next tree service company. Customer reviews and ratings are one of the best ways to know more about the company ́s reputation. How was the service? How long did it take? Did they cause any damage or accident? If so, were they responsible for that? And while online research can help you discover client’s experiences, don’t hesitate to ask questions directly to the company, including: How long has the company been in business? What are average costs for the projects you need completed? Do they have references? And, who are they licensed and insured with? Also, you have the option of looking for references and rates on reliable sites like the Tree Care Industry Association or International Society of Arboriculture.
- Get an Estimated Price
It is essential to do research in order to know if you are paying a fair price for the tree services that you need. Find out what the company charges and compare rates with other tree service companies. If costs seem confusing or unclear, do not hesitate to ask for a detailed breakdown of each service charged.