Picking a tree removal company can be a challenging task for any homeowner. Not only must the tree be removed, which takes skill and equipment, the company must take care not to damage any other property or nearby trees. Careful research and asking a few simple questions can help homeowners find the ideal company for their needs.
How long have they been in business?
Any new company can be a risk unless the employees themselves are extremely experienced. It can be more beneficial to look for tree removal companies with an established reputation in the area. They should be able to provide references upon request and have an online presence with many customer reviews.
A company that seems like it has changed its name many times is also cause for concern. This can indicate they are trying to distance themselves from bad online reviews by rebranding. When looking at online reviews, search for reviews over a period of several years to confirm a company is providing good service.
Are they certified?
Tree removal companies are required to be up-to-date on certifications and licenses and should have employees partake in learning courses to supplement their knowledge. The world of tree care is ever-changing, with certain trees becoming more desirable because of resistance to disease or lower water requirements. They should also be insured to cover any accidents that occur on the homeowner’s property.
Request licensing information from the team before beginning work. If they are unwilling or unable to provide it, carefully consider if that’s the right company to perform the work.
Do they handle all aspects of tree removal?
Small trees don’t take a lot of effort to remove, but larger trees can require a day of careful rigging, removing the standing branches and finally the trunk before digging out or grinding down the stump. A responsible company will take care of collecting the wood chips and removing them unless the homeowner wants them for compost. Wood chips draw nitrogen from the surrounding grass, so they should not be left on a lawn.
Some tree removal requires city workers if the trees are too close to a power line. Many companies will not risk damaging a power line and causing an outage. In some cities, the companies may even require a permit to remove a tree. All permits should be requested before the tree is removed to save the homeowner time, a headache and a potential fine.
Why hire a professional?
Removing a tree can be a time-consuming and potentially dangerous process that requires special tools and training. While it may seem easy to simply cut down a small tree, larger trees or branches can be unpredictable when they fall. This danger can lead to property damage or personal injury. Additionally, disposing of a tree can be difficult without the right equipment, either a stump grinder or a wood chipper. Some large trees even require heavy machinery to remove, something that is not available to the average homeowner. Choosing to hire a professional tree removal company takes the risk out DIY and ensures a better end result.