How to hire a qualified tree care professional

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 15, 2018

By Mark Martin

City of Salisbury ISA Arborist

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who can I call if I need tree work done on my property?” “How can I be sure that the person I call is going to provide the best quality service at a fair price?”

Trees provide beauty, shade and clean air, among other benefits and add real value to your property.

If two people show up on your doorstep after a storm and tell you that your trees need work, how can you be sure they are legitimate? There are many factors that will determine a good choice. It may depend on what kind of tree work you need.

Do you need pruning, pest control or possibly removal? Is the tree close to people, structures or cars or is it clear of obstacles? If your tree is in a local historic district you may need approval. Is the company insured and is the insurance sufficient enough to cover accidents? Do you feel comfortable with this company working for you?

It’s the same as when you have a car accident — it’s best to get a number of quotes for the work. Ask for references of work completed, ask if the company has International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists on staff or any other professional qualifications and ask for a copy of these documents.

Professional companies don’t make you pay up front and if the name on their truck door says Professional Tree and Car repair, “buyer beware.” Make sure that you have a step-by-step written contract stating beginning and ending of work, type of work to be completed, details like who cleans up and if the stump grinding is included.

Lastly, make sure the dollar amount for the completed job is correct. Two people and a truck may give you an outstanding price, but if they damage the tree, it will devalue not only the tree but your whole property and you will still have to hire someone else to fix their mistake.

Good maintenance for your home, car or your trees will allow for years of beauty, add value to your property and give you a more secure feeling.,,,

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