What to Look for in a Reputable Tree Service

Trees falling in your yard can damage your home and endanger your family. Whether you have a tree down because of a summer storm or a dead tree in need of removal, our team at 770-TREE-GUY can help. Trees can be extremely dangerous if they are a fall risk because of their weight and length. Removing trees is a job for a professional tree service because a tree falling, especially in the wrong direction, could cause severe damage to your house and family. Because tree work can be hazardous, you should always think carefully before hiring tree services. We compiled a list of questions to help you determine if a tree company is up to the task.

A reputable tree service in Fayetteville, Georgia should have liability coverage to cover damage to your property, in case there is an accident while removing a tree. They should also have worker’s compensation insurance to cover their tree team in case anyone is injured while on site. A tree service having proper coverage will protect you from being sued if someone is injured while completing your tree work.

“What credentials do you have?”

Owning a chainsaw and being willing to show up to cut your tree is not enough. A worthwhile tree company will have professional credentials, proving they have completed extensive training and certification programs. Relevant credentials could include ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certification, Climber Safety Certification, Powerline Safety Certification, Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Certification, AED and CPR Certification, and Emergency Aerial Rescue Certification. Many tree companies may have these certifications visibly displayed on their websites, but you should always ask to be certain of their current certification status. Another way to check the reputation of a tree service would be to contact the Georgia Arborist Association to find an ISA-certified tree service in Fayetteville, GA. 

“Do you have any recent references available?”

In addition to certifications, a worthwhile company should be happy to provide you with a list of referrals from previous jobs. Reading a company’s online reviews may be helpful as well to ensure that there are not any major issues reported. The experience of others can help you determine the quality of the work to expect.

“Can you provide me with a written estimate?”

Before a tree company cuts a single branch in your yard, they should be able to provide you with a detailed estimate for the necessary work. A written estimate will ensure that you know exactly what you are paying for and that you avoid surprise fees after the job is complete. You can always ask if the company will provide you with a free estimate before hiring them. In some cases, you may want to get estimates from multiple companies to compare the services. 

“Do you have an arborist on staff?

An arborist is essentially a tree doctor. If you are having your yard evaluated for safety and health as a preventative measure, a certified arborist can offer an informed perspective to guide your tree care. 

“When can you complete the job?”

Choosing a tree service that offers 24/7 emergency care is wise. Summer storms often occur at night and you may need a quick response if a tree has fallen on your home. Even if your tree job is not an emergency, the tree company should be able to complete the job promptly. If the company cannot give you a straight answer on an expected timeline for their arrival and the job’s completion, we recommend finding another tree service.

Our team at 770-TREE-GUY has an established track record for quality tree work and all the right credentials. We are proud to have several ISA-certified arborists on our team, ensuring that all of our work follows the best arboricultural practices. If you have any questions about our company or want to schedule a visit from our tree professionals, reach out today!