How to Pick the Right Tree Removal Service
If you have a large tree that needs to removed, be careful when choosing a tree removal service. You will find many options out there, but how do you choose a good one? Good thing you can take some easy steps to ensure that you choose wisely.
A tree removal service should be able to give you a certificate of insurance that includes the following:
> General Liability
This will protect you in the event of a property damage. It should be for tree removal specifically, not general landscape service, with a worth not below $1 million.
> Worker’s Compenation
This is very important because without it, you could be liable for any injuries suffered on the job.
> Auto Insurance
Trucks and equipment to be used should have commercial coverage if they cause any damage.
In case any of the above-mentioned policies fall shorts, an umbrella policy will make sure that protection is still provided. You must get this certificate directly from the contractor’s insurance company, not from the contractor, and should include your name as Client.
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) are the two professional organizations of which most established tree service providers are members. Certifications do not guarantee that you will be satisfied with a certain company’s performance, but significantly increases the chances that you will.
Techniques and Equipment
Aside from certification, a tree service should also be able to tell you what technique or techniques they will be using to remove the tree as safely as possible. They will likely mention terms like personal protective equipment, block and tackle, pulleys, etc. If you hardly hear them talking about such common rigging devices, you should move on to your next prospect. The use of the right equipment is a sign of a truly professional and reliable tree service company that should never be ignored. Besides, without proper equipment, the entire project could spell real danger for both the workers and everyone who will be in the area.
Also, make sure you are given the option to have all the debris removed at takedown. Otherwise, the service may not have the equipment needed for this task. You can definitely hire other people for this, but you must be given that choice.
Lastly, before you start any of the work, be sure to have a contract with the company, where important information about them, such as their credentials and business location, should be clearly expressed. And very importantly, you should pay only after they have completed the work, not before. If they insist otherwise, that’s a red flag.