When it comes to having a tree removed, there could be serious safety implications. This is not somewhere that you want to chance accidents happening – a falling branch can be quite heavy and cause significant damage or injure someone.
And that is the kind of liability issue that no one wants to be responsible for. That is one of the reasons why it is so important to choose someone who is properly qualified and experienced when it comes to any sort of tree felling. In this post, we will look at what you should consider before you hire someone.
Is Their Insurance Up to Date?
You are entitled to ask to see their certificate of insurance as well as their work contract. Do this before you sign so that you know that you will not be held liable if something goes wrong.
What Credentials Do They Have?
Is anyone on the team a qualified arborist or a CTCSP? While we agree that experience is extremely important, you also need to know that they know what they are doing.
Can You Check Their References?
If you were hiring an employee for your business, would you check their references? Of course, you would. And make sure that you get references that are up to date and done in the last couple of months.
How Detailed Is the Quote They Will Give?
The more detailed the initial quote, the more likely it is to be accurate. A professional company will be completely transparent about what they plan to charge you. And, if they know what they are doing, the quote will be fairly accurate.
What Equipment Will be Brought In?
Are they using heavy machinery? If so, what are the ramifications for the rest of the garden?
How Long Will It Take?
This gives you something to work with. Find out when they will be able to start and how long they estimate that it will take.
What is Your Impression of Them?
Take a look at the state of the vehicle that they drive. How clean is it? Does it look like they take care of it? How they treat their own property is a good indication of how they will treat yours. Also, if the truck they are using is falling apart, how professional are they really going to be?
What Gear and Techniques Will They Be Using?
If they are just there to neaten up the trees, there is no reason for them to wear spikes. Spikes allow them to get a better grip, but they could damage the trees.
Are they suggesting topping a healthy tree? If so, look further afield as this can detrimentally impact the health of it.
It is also important to find out what safety gear they will use. If they are a reputable business, they will take the time to ensure that their workers have the right protection. If the company takes shortcuts with their worker’s safety, it really does not bode well. Read this post to learn a bit more about diseases that can take over your trees.
It is an important decision to make, so don’t just hire the company based on price – there is a lot more to consider before making the final hire.