3 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Tree Removal Service

Whether you have a dead tree on your property or are simply looking to change up your landscape by removing a tree, hiring the right professional for the job is a must. Otherwise, you could be putting your yard and property at risk. By taking the time to ask a few important questions before hiring a tree removal service, you'll be able to make a confident decision.

1. What Kind of Insurance Do You Carry?

Tree removal is an inherently dangerous job. One mistake could result in serious injury and/or damage to your home and property. This is why it's so important to make sure any tree service you hire for the job carries both general liability and worker's compensation insurance. This way, if there is an accident on your property, you (and your homeowner's insurance) won't be held liable for any property damage or injuries that occur. Any reputable company should carry this type of coverage and be happy to provide you with proof of a current policy.

2. What Are Your Credentials?

Depending on the size of the tree, its location, and other factors, tree removal can be quite complex. Choosing a company with years of experience and credentials (such as licensure) can give you some added peace of mind. Consider asking, for example, if a certified arborist will be part of the job or if the company has any affiliation with a recognized organization (like the American Society of Consulting Arborists).

3. What Will You Do With the Stump?

Be sure to find out exactly what your quote includes. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with stump removal, which can be a difficult task and isn't always included in a tree removal estimate. If you'd like to have the stump removed, ask to have stump grinding added to your estimate. Keep in mind that if the stump is not removed, energy stored in the stump and roots could result in unwanted "upshoots" that can damage your yard and look unsightly. Without stump removal, you may also have a hard time replacing your existing tree with a new one.

Choosing a tree removal company that's licensed and experienced will help you avoid many potential issues associated with taking a tree out of your property. By asking these important questions, you can have the job completed promptly, safely, and efficiently.

Reach out to local tree removal companies to learn more.