- Do you have a certification as an arborist?
Arborists are experts in trees. Arborists are specially trained to take care of trees. Certified arborists are the best in their field. The International Society of Arboriculture certifies these arborists.
Arborists who are ISA certified have undergone extensive training. They also follow a very specific code of ethics.
- To which industry associations does your business belong?
Choose a company which is a part of an association. Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) are both well-respected sources in the industry.
Professional associations will have the latest information about best practices. This is important if you’d rather save trees than have them cut down.
- Can you show me proof of insurance?
It’s essential. When you work on or around your home, there is always the risk of injury or property damage. Even if the risk is small, there’s always a possibility of property damage or injury.
You need more than just homeowner’s coverage. It is important to ensure that any tree service you choose has both general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. This protects you as well as the company if your property is damaged or someone is injured at work.
- Do I need a license or permit to do my job?
North Shore may require a permit from the city or county to remove trees. You may need to get the go-ahead from your homeowners’ association.
This is not the place to make money. Fines can be steep for those without a permit. You can ask your tree service to remove the permits.
- For how long will you honor a quote?
If you have the time, it’s a good idea compare several different quotes. Each company must honor their quote for at least a few weeks. If someone is trying to get you to sign a contract immediately, keep looking. High-pressure sales tactics are not usually a good idea.
- How frequently will you handle my specific issue?
Ask about the issue with your tree. A dying or damaged branch can be saved. Arborists are trained to bring back health to sickly trees. You can save beautiful trees.
- Tell us about your experience in the tree care industry.
History of a business shows its treatment of clients. Also, you can get an idea of the way the company operates.
- Do You use temporary or subcontractors for your projects?
Subcontractors are often used to provide in-home services. Subcontractors allow a business to expand their services without having to hire new employees.
Subcontracting is not without its advantages and disadvantages. Subcontractors are not responsible for damages to your property. It will be harder for your contractor to enforce quality standards. Subcontractors don’t have to be employees.
- What equipment will you be using?
To remove trees, heavy-duty equipment will be required. Mark underground utilities to avoid them.
- What is your cleaning method?
It is ideal to leave your lawn as clean or cleaner than it was before. If you ask, most companies will mulch your limbs or cut and stack wood for you. You should let them know about this before the project begins so they can get ready.
Include details about job cleanup both in your contract and estimate. Everyone will be aware of their respective responsibilities.
Why you should call an arborist now
Trees and limbs that are dead can be hazardous. Some trees with some blemishes are not destined to be chipped. Some sick trees can still be saved.
If you notice that your tree is sick, or even dead, it’s important to take action quickly. Here are five reasons you might need to consult a tree expert:
- The tree doesn’t sprout new leaves during the spring.
- The Tree is Leaning.
- The trunk is cracked or distorted.
- The branches have fallen or are showing signs of decay.
- The root system shows visible signs of decay or damage.
There are several things you should consider before hiring a professional tree trimmer or pruner. Research is important, especially when it comes to tree removal in West Auckland. If the contractor damages the tree, a simple removal can turn into a costly disaster. An experienced, vetted tree removal company can ensure that your job runs smoothly.