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How to Choose a Tree Removal Service

If you have a big tree that must be removed, it is important to choose a tree removal service with care. There are many choices out there, but how do we know which one is the best? Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to help you make a smart choice.


You should hire a tree removal service with a certificate of insurance that includes:

> General Liability

This should cover you for any property damage that may occur. It must be for tree removal in particular – not general landscaping services – with a minimum worth of $1 million.

> Worker’s Compenation

Without this coverage, you may be liable for injuries suffered on the job.

> Auto Insurance

All trucks and equipment that will be used by the tree removal service should be covered by a commercial policy in case those vehicles cause any damage.

> Umbrella

More established tree service providers have a policy that ensures protection even if any of the previously mentioned policies fall short. This certificate should be sent to you directly by the insurance company instead of the contractor, with you named as Client.


Two professional organizations of which reputable tree services are typically members are the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). Certifications do not assure satisfaction, but there’s a better chance you’ll be satisfied with the performance of a certified company.

Techniques and Equipment

Aside from certification, a tree service should also be able to tell you what technique or techniques they will be using to remove the tree as safely as possible. They may mention certain words like pulleys, friction devices, arborist rope, etc. If you don’t hear them talking about these common rigging devices, don’t proceed. The use of the right equipment is a sign of a truly professional and reliable tree service company that should never be ignored. Besides, without proper equipment, the entire project could spell real danger for both the workers and everyone who will be in the area.

Also, they should give you the choice to have all the debris hauled away right after takedown. Otherwise, the company may not have the right equipment for this task. Of course, you can hire another provider to do this, but it must be your choice.

Lastly, before you commit to a tree service provider, make sure you have a written contract that includes all pertinent information, such as the company’s credentials and business location. And very importantly, you should be asked to pay after the work is completed, not before. If they insist otherwise, that’s a sure sign that you have to find another tree service.

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