What To Look For When Hiring A Tree Removal Service

Posted on: 19 June 2020

When you need a tree removed from your yard, it's easy to search through the listings and find 10 companies to call right off the bat. Most landscaping companies offer tree removal, but there are also specialists who offer this service only. So how do you know which company to hire? Here are a few tips to help you hire a good one.

1. Look for certifications.

In most areas, landscapers are not technically required to hold any sort of license or certification in order to remove trees. If it's just a small tree you need removed and you're not too worried about it interfering with your house or power lines, it's probably not that important for you to hire a certified tree remover as long as they have good reviews and a good reputation. But if your tree removal project is more intricate — such as if you have a huge tree or one right next to your home — then you really want to look for a certified pro. Usually, they'll advertise themselves as being a "certified arborist." In order to earn that certification, they must learn how to safely take down trees in dangerous situations, so you can be more confident that they won't accidentally damage your home or yard.

2. Ask about safety gear.

You want to ensure the company you hire takes proper safety precautions while they work. Ask if they wear hard hats and harnesses while working on trees. Also, check if they wear goggles to protect their eyes from sharp branches. 

3. Check for insurance.

Even when the proper safety protocols are followed, removing a tree does come with some risk. If one of the workers is injured, you want to make sure that you or your homeowner's insurance company are not held liable. Therefore, it is important that your tree service holds a good worker's compensation insurance policy. They should also have liability insurance. This is the type of insurance that pays if the tree service causes some damage to your home or yard or to a neighbor's home or yard. Most insured companies will gladly send you a copy of their insurance certificate.

Before hiring a tree removal company, always ask about certification, insurance, and safety gear. Anyone can knock down a tree. What you need to be sure of is that the company you hire can do so safely and with less risk

To learn more, contact a company that offers tree removal services.