Taking care of your trees is important so that they are always there for shade, comfort and beauty. However, it can be difficult to know how to hire a professional tree removal service, but luckily, many available tips can help. It’s never a good idea to close your eyes and choose a name by pointing. Instead, you want to do some research and choose the right company.
In most cases around the world, licensure of some kind is required before a company can legally remove trees from anywhere. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in a forest or park, but even home tree removals may need to be licensed. In Australia, a trade license isn’t necessary, but councils require their approval before certain species can be removed, and in most cases, living trees have to be over a certain height, be ill or have some other tell-tale problem.
The company you select should have insurance to cover damages and injury. Even professionals can have problems, but you shouldn’t be responsible for their mistake. Their insurance should cover any damages to your property, neighbour’s properties and injuries to themselves and others.
Once they come out to survey the property and damage, you should ask for a written estimate or quote. Most reputable companies will do this regardless of whether you ask, but if they don’t automatically offer it, make sure to request it. If they are hesitant or refuse, it may be better to choose another company for the job, so you aren’t overcharged.
Some services will provide a flat rate for jobs completed, but tree removal can be a tricky area. In many cases, the trees don’t have to be removed and can be repaired or nursed back to health. Therefore, fees can vary considerably, depending on the service needed, how long it will take, where you are located and upon other factors.
You have the right to ask about their equipment because you want to make sure they know what they’re talking about and know what they’re doing. While you probably won’t know technical terms, you should try to explain the situation in detail so they can ensure they have the proper equipment and tools for the job.
Go through the steps above for a few different companies so you have something to compare. Once you’ve gone through the pros and cons of each, you can make an informed decision.