A variety of trees can add beauty to the landscaping around your home, as well as, provide adequate shade during the hot summer days. Proper maintenance of your trees is extremely important to keeping them healthy and looking beautiful. Unless you have some kind of experience in caring for trees and bushes, it is best to hire professionals to help take care of them. However, finding a great tree service company to take care of your trees properly can be difficult. Below is a list of four things you should ask your tress service company before contracting with them to treat your trees.
1. Ask for a Detailed Estimate
Before any work begins on your property, make sure you receive a written estimate from the company. This estimate should list out in detail all the different type of work on your trees that you requested. Any reputable company should automatically provide you with a detailed estimate prior to work beginning. This helps to protect both you and your contractor in case there is a problem with the services you receive or the final bill. Be sure to read the entire estimate and ensure that all the services you requested are listed and that there is no work listed that you did not request.
2. Ask What Their Experience Is
When hiring a contractor to work on your trees, do not be shy about asking what their specific experience is. Just because they are a tree care company does not mean that they have experience in every type of service for trees. You want to make sure they have experience in the specific type of service you need done. For example, if you are having a tree removed make sure that they have done that type of work before and that they have the necessary equipment.
3. Ask for Several References
You also want to check out several of the company’s references. You can ask them to provide you with several references for clients who had similar work done. Do not just ask for references, but also make sure you call them and ensure that the customers were happy with the services they received and did not have any problems. You can also look on-line at several referral sites to see what customers are saying about the services they received.
4. Ask to See Certification and Insurance Coverage
Each state has different requirements for tree care companies, but most either require the contractor to have an certification or be registered within the state. You can contact your local authorities to find out what the rules are in your state. Ask to see their certification or proof that they are registered in the state before work begins. It is also important that you make sure the contractor carries his/her own liability insurance. You should ask to see a current copy of their insurance policy. Keep in mind that if the contractor does not carry insurance, you may be responsible for any injuries or damage that occurs while he/she is providing services.
You should have no problem finding a good tree service company to take care of your trees as long as you ask the right questions. By asking the above questions, you can determine that the company is legitimate and has the right experience to care for your trees. A little bit of extra work prior to hiring your contractor could save you a lot of time and money in the end. It will also protect you if there is a dispute later over the service you received.