10 Questions To Ask When Hiring A Tree Care Service
Inexpensive Tree Care in Portland prides itself on being the best tree service company in the industry. We’re well known for reliability and the high quality of our work. That’s why we know all about the right questions to ask when hiring a tree service.
We’ve cultivated a reputation for honesty, integrity, and reliability. Our customers know they can expect our work to be done on time and that our tree care experts are friendly and helpful. These are our core values.
We get a lot of repeat business by doing things right and by providing extraordinary service at a great price.
When hiring a tree service, you want to be sure that not only will the work get done — and that it exceeds your expectations — but that the company you hire is made up of certified tree care safety professionals.
That’s why a conscientious consumer asks questions.
With that in mind, here are some important questions you should ask when you hire a company to take care of your trees.
1. What tree services do you provide?
This one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how often people hire a company for a job only to find out that the company doesn’t the right kind of work. For example, they may hire a landscaper when what they really need is a tree service.
2. Are you licensed and bonded?
Look for a CCB number. You can find ours on the bottom of every page of the Inexpensive Tree Care website, including this one!
3. Are you insured?
Tree care can be a dangerous job. That’s why you see workers wearing personal protective equipment. (Or at least you should always see them wearing it.) Make sure that your work contract specifies that the tree service has liability insurance. Otherwise, you might be liable for any injuries that occur at your home or office. Even worse, if a company isn’t properly insured, you may have a hard time collecting for damages if anything happens to your home or workspace during tree service.
4. How long have you been in business?
It’s certainly true that longevity is not necessarily a sign of quality or expertise. (It’s also true that there are some truly talented professionals just getting their businesses off the ground.) However, it does say something about a company’s reliability if they’ve been around for a while and have developed and sustained a devoted client list.
5. Do you have references?
Speaking of a devoted client list, ask the tree service company to share a list of references. Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool, so check out their reviews online, as well. Can they demonstrate a wide range of jobs and a long list of satisfied customers?
6. Are you a tree care service or just a landscaper?
As we alluded to above, they are not the same thing.
7. How long will the job take?
This is one of those questions the answer to which can often be found in online reviews and testimonials. How accurate is a tree service company’s time estimate? Experience teaches us how long a job will likely take. It’s helpful for customers to know this information, and a reputable company should have no trouble providing you with an estimate.
8. Do you provide written estimates?
Speaking of estimates, another one you might like to ask about is a written estimate of the costs of a job. Like a time estimate, an experienced tree service company knows how much a certain job will cost. Don’t be shy. Ask for an estimate!
9. Do you recycle?
You may be curious about what happens to the material that tree service companies haul away. Or you may have questions about repurposing material. Many tree trunks can be recycled for lumber. And in many cases, chips and sawdust can be recycled into mulch.
10. Do I need a permit?
Sometimes the most important question when hiring a tree care service is the final one. Your tree service should be able to provide you with timely and relevant permitting information without too much trouble.