So what can consumers do to protect themselves when needing tree removal? How does a consumer know what company would be best? What steps do you follow to avoid being scammed? Here are a few tips and pointers taken from those who have had vast experience in this area, hopefully they can help set you in the right direction to choosing the best tree care service in your area.
1. Liability Insurance
Any contractor that you're even considering hiring should have proper liability insurance. The Fredericksburg tree removal service should be able to produce a Certificate of Liability Insurance upon request. If the company were to have an accident, and they were not properly insured, you would be held liable. That means that all repairs to your property as well as any injuries sustained due to the accident, would have to be covered by you. This would be avoided by the arborist having liability insurance to cover any potential claims.
Do some local research, what reputation does the tree cutting service have within their community? Professional and experienced tree specialists should have positve online reviews in various places. Is the company in question a member of any reputable trade association? For example the International Society of Arboriculture or the Tree Care Industry Association? Have you found any complaints about them in local discussion groups or on Fredericksburg area forums? If you want to be really assured, ask the company in question for references. If the project is an expensive one, going the extra mile is really important.
3. Too Cheap To Be True?
They say that if it seems too good to be true, chances are it is. The economic situation has been difficult, we all look for and appreciate a bargain. That being said, if a tree removal company is offering an extremely low price, there may be a few negative reasons behind this:
- They may be completely inexperienced
- They may not be properly insured or certified
- They do not intend to complete the project on hand