As a homeowner, it is wise to ask a tree service company your thinking of hiring a few questions before you decide to hire them. The answers to your questions can help determine whether or not you want to hire that tree service company.
So, what questions should you asked? Here are some common but simple ones that can give you a lot of insight into who you are hiring.
1. How long has the company been in business?
Experience does make a different. An experience tree service company will be able to provide how many years they have been doing this.
2. Do they have a license?
States have stringent requirements for applying for a contractor license . In California, if you are performing work that exceeds $500.00 in labor/material you must be a licensed contractor. There are different types of licenses, also. Don’t hire someone that has a license for Landscaping when you want tree timming. Not only is the experience different, but what their insurance covers also.
3. Do they have liability and workers compensation insurance?
Liability insurance protects your property from damage. Workers Compensation insurance protects you from a tree service employee injury on your property. Ask the tree service company for copies of both. If you hire a tree service that is uninsured, you take the responsibility of anyone getting hurt on your property. A tree servcie working out of classification may not carry the insurance to cover the work he is performing. While no one ever wants to be faced with an injury on a job, one needs to be prepared. You, as the individual hiring a tree service, should have peace of mind knowing that the they are covered.
4. How long will the job take?
This is a question most don’t ask, but should. it’s important to know how long the company thinks the job will take and if they can keep thier word.
5. What is your payment schedule?
You NEVER pay the job up front, and a reputable tree service will never ask you to. Full payment upon completion of job is standard unless previous financial arrangements are made before the commencement of work.
6. Who will be doing the work?
You should expect consistency from the tree service company, especially with jobs that may take more than one day. For the most part, it’s usually the company itself but sometimes they subcontract it out.
7. What hours will you be working, do I need to be there and is there anything I need to prepare for?
The tree service should be able to give you a window of arrival time. For crews that have multiple jobs scheduled for the day, the first job of the day is usually the only one with a guaranteed start time. Most cities have a noise ordinance that, for weekdays, is usually 7 AM.
To stay, or leave, is up to you. For the most part, tree trimming or removal doesn’t require a homeowner present.
8. Check reviews online?
One of the best ways to tell what kind of tree service company your hiring is to look at their reviews online. Reading their review will give you a good idea of how good or bad the company really is. If they don’t have any reviews, this should raise a red flag.
3507 30th Ave N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713