3 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Tree Removal Service

Posted on: 23 June 2015

Do you have a tree that needs to be removed? Are you currently shopping around for a tree removal service? Tree removal can be dangerous work, so you want to make sure you're hiring qualified professionals. Also, it's important that the company leaves your yard in a favorable condition. Here are three questions to ask before you hire your tree removal service:

Are they certified, licensed, and insured? This may be the most important question you can ask. Anyone can buy a chainsaw and advertise themselves as a tree removal service. However, you want an experienced pro. The right licenses and certifications will go a long way towards showing that your tree removal workers are seasoned professionals. Also, it's important that they have sufficient insurance. If your property gets damaged or if someone gets injured on your property during the tree removal process, you don't want to be on the hook for it. Most reputable companies should have no trouble producing their certifications, licenses, and insurance.

What happens if something is damaged? It's possible that there could be collateral damage during the tree removal process. That's especially true if the tree is large. While the company will try to be as precise as possible in dropping the tree, it's possible that the tree could hit a shed, playset, car, or anything else in the vicinity. Also, if the company has to bring vehicles into your yard, they could inadvertently damage a sprinkler head or expensive landscaping. 

Find out what the tree removal company's policy is for collateral damage. Do they cover it or are your responsible? If they cover, is there a cap on how much they will pay?

Who clears the debris? There will be lots of bark, sticks, and branches scattered around your yard after the tree removal company drops the tree. You'll also have the tree lying in the yard and the stump will still in the ground. If the service is removing everything, they should dispose of the debris and also grind up the stump so your yard is completely clear. However, some companies will offer discount services in which they drop the tree and cut it up, but you're responsible for disposal. Others may not include stump grinding in their quote. Make sure you understand exactly what you're getting and what your yard will look like when the job is done.

For more information, talk to tree removal services in your area. They can answer your questions and help you make the best decision about which tree removal company to hire.