One of the many benefits of living in a beautiful city like Austin is the lush landscaping and large number of trees throughout the region. If you’re a homeowner, you are likely to have some of those great trees on your property. Chances are though; you may not have ever had to hire a tree service company to look after the trees on your property. We at Certified Arbor Care know how important it is to make the right choice in who takes care of your trees. Here are some good tips and guidelines to follow when looking for the right tree service for your job.
- A reputable tree service company will carry both Workers’ Compensation and General Liability Insurances for your protection. TIP: Call the insurance company to verify they have both policies and are current.
- Get 2 or 3 bids from reputable Austin tree service companies, especially if this is your first time having someone look at your trees. It will be time and effort well spent.
- Have a well defined scope of work to make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Look at the estimate and be sure it shows all work itemized out to compare pricing.
- Make sure your tree service estimate includes tree removal, stump grinding and disposal of tree debris.
- Understand that there are important certifications and industry standards in the tree service industry. Ask the company if they are accredited by one of the 3 industry associations. There is the TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association), the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and the ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists.) Ideally you want a company that is both accredited by the TCIA and has at least one ISA-Certified Arborist working on your project.
- If they are willing to top your trees, call someone else. Topping is a drastic form of tree trimming that does a great deal of damage and possible death to your trees and is strictly against industry standards.
- Ask for references from past tree care jobs.
- When you get a detailed estimate from a tree company, understand that the lowest cost option is not necessarily the best option. If a company is willing to do this specialized work for much lower rates than their competitors, chances are you are not getting the certified experts, the safest crews, etc. Also, if a company asks for money down on your project they are probably not legitimate. Most tree service companies will not ask for a deposit before starting your project.
Who knew there were lots of things to consider when choosing the right tree company? We hope these tips help you make an informed, smart decision when you are looking to care for the beautiful trees on your Austin area property.