5 tips to get the best tree service

5 tips to get the best tree service

We are commonly asked, “Why does it matter if I hire a certified arborist for tree removal?” The answer seems obvious, but many homeowners don’t check this information before hiring a company.

The following tips will give you the knowledge you need to choose a tree service that is knowledgeable and truly cares about your trees, your property and your safety. 

1. Certification. 

Erase the words "arborist” and “tree guy" from your brain. There is a big difference between an arborist and a certified arborist. Simply put, your certified arborist has studied to learn the proper ways to safely (OSHA and ISA standards) prune and remove trees based on the discoveries they make as research and innovation continues. 

Taking the time to get certified means a person takes the service seriously, has pride in their work and is committed to progressing with the industry. This will more than likely guarantee that they will be honest with you and have your best interest in mind.

2. Proper equipment.

Make sure that the person you hire is using the proper equipment for the job. Never let anyone wear spikes on their shoes when pruning your trees, as this can cause harm to the tree itself.

3. Safety.

Hiring a provider that follows OSHA and industry safety standards is vital. Make sure that the crew will wear hard hats, chainsaw chaps and eye and ear protection. This can be the difference between having a serious injury or fatality on your property or having everyone go home unharmed. 

4. Ask questions.

The more a certified arborist is involved in our industry's events and task, the more you can trust they will treat your property and trees like they belong to their favorite grandmother

5. Check certification and insurance.

A certified arborist will carry their certification information with them. When someone stops by your house claiming to be certified, ask to see his or her certificate. If they don’t have this sort of information, it’s a good idea to pass on their service. 

Following these tips will help you find tree service companies that will care for the health of your trees and do the job right.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Jason Smith is the owner of Greenlife Tree Care, providing tree service in Charlotte, N.C. Since 2000, Greenlife Tree Care has specialized in pruning, removal, trimming, stump removal, stump grinding and complete tree analysis by certified arborists.

As of September 26, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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