When you need an arborist, it’s important to pick a good one. When you begin your search, you will find that there are a lot of options out there. However, they are not all the same, there are good ones and bad ones. You need a tree care company that is adequate, knowledgeable, and able to complete the task you need. You might be wondering what you should consider when selecting a tree care company. Our team at Five Star Tree Services want to go over our tips for ensuring you get a good arborist.
Potential Risks Involved
Before selecting anyone for the work you need done, you need to think about all potential risks involved in the job you need done. It is true that there is a plethora of dangers that arborists face every day when dealing with trees. This makes it important to find an arborist that is able to do what you need them to.
Low prices can be alluring but you need to always consider the safety standards each company has for you, your property, and themselves. Never go with the first company you come across, check in depth and completely before hiring anyone.
Only Hire a Reputable Company
While looking for your top considerations, check each of their accreditations in order to make sure they are experienced and capable of doing the job you need done. When looking online, keep in mind that virtually anyone can make a website and pose it as a legitimate business when it’s not. Which is why doing your research on these companies is so important, to make sure they are legitimate before even contacting anyone. Ask these questions when checking into each company:
- Do they have a permit to operate?
- Are they licensed and insured?
- Do they have their arborist certification?
- What is their reputation and quality of work?
Whatever company you choose to go with, make sure they have valid liability insurance, and ask for a copy of it. If you hire someone who isn’t insured and they get into an accident while working on your property, this puts the liability on you. This can cost you a lot of money, as you will be responsible for paying for the property damage and medical expenses if someone is injured. You can even be sued. If a company doesn’t have a permit or operate or a business license, they will be unable to get business insurance to cover themselves. Before hiring anyone, ask for a copy of their business permit.
You always need to obtain an estimate as a hard copy. This is then a legal document and record of what the company promises you the cost will be. Make sure to get this before they start any work. Even though it’s a nice idea to take someone’s word for their cost, a legitimate business will have no trouble providing you with a written estimate.
Company Safety Equipment
Anyone working on trees needs to have proper and correct safety equipment. For instance, ground workers need to be wearing safety helmets that have face shields, steel toe boots, and safety glasses. Anyone who needs to climb a tree needs to be wearing safety glasses, steel toe boots, grappling ropes, and a safety helmet.
If you hire someone and they come to your house without the proper safety gear, you can inform them that you will no longer be using their services. Any professional arborist will have all the necessary safety equipment and be wearing it. It’s most likely that some heavy lifting will be necessary, potentially climbing tall trees, among other things that need to be properly planned and require appropriate safety measures. This is going to help guarantee your safety, the safety of the arborists working, and your property’s safety.
Look at The Company Reviews
Reviews are going to tell you a lot about a company, the work they do, and customer satisfaction. Check online for reviews from past clients. You can do this on Google, the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, and other online spaces to see if the company you are looking into has a good reputation, produces quality work, and is legitimate. This is the step where you are checking their references to see if you like them and want to go through and hire them.
How Five Star Tree Services Can Help
If you are looking for a reputable, trustworthy, licensed, and insured tree care services company in Toronto, then Five Star Tree Services can help you! Our professional arborists are here to help you with any and all tree, shrub, and hedge needs you have! Whether it’s regular maintenance, trimming, pruning, planting, transplanting, or removing, we are here to help you. Give us a call today at (416) 990-3355 if you are interested in our services.