Before employing a tree removal service, it’s crucial to thoughtfully choose the most suitable local provider for your requirements.

In order to hire an excellent tree removal service, you need to gather as much information as possible.

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You can never be too careful. If a tree removal company does not know how to do its job, you might end up with serious property damage. Ask the company if they have a qualified arborist employed who will be on site. Do not shy away from asking them this as legitimate companies know the industry is full of non-skilled hacks.

They should be able to produce a Certificate of qualification to prove they are a certified arborist1. They should have a minimum of Certificate III in Arboriculture.

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2. They must be insured

You simply cannot afford to hire a tree removal company that does not have proper insurance. They need to have at the very least Public Liability insurance for up to 10 Million in cover (industry standard). Don’t just cite the piece of paper. Ask for a copy and phone the insurer to make sure it all checks out before they start work.

If they injure themselves or do damage to your property, you are leaving yourself wide open to being liable.

3. You need to get a detailed quote

Obviously, you will need to get a quote from several companies. Three or four estimates should be enough to pick a winner. I mentioned detailed quotes for tree removal or pruning as you need to have it in black and white what you are being charged for.

If it just says “tree trimming”, that can mean a lot of things. Are you removing a certain number of branches? Which tree? Is it a power line clearance of 3 trees and a canopy lift on another? The more specific you are during the quoting process more likely you are to get the job done to your liking.

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