There are a number of things to consider before hiring a tree service company. A liability and workers compensation insurance is the first thing to consider before hiring any tree service company. Respective insurance companies can send you the tree service’s certificate of insurance upon request. This is to ensure that none of them is a fraudulent certificate. Property damage or injury risks is the main purpose for requesting an insurance certificate. Legally, without checking or knowledge of the company’s insurance, you are liable to pay for any damaged goods or injuries that may occur.
Another factor that one has to consider is the reputation of the company. Do some research in the local community or gather some reviews from their website to get a view on who you are working with. A reputable company should have positive reviews while outweighing the cons. A company should be at least a member of one reputable trade association. If you have an expensive project at hand, make a point of checking if the company is accredited to Better Business Bureau (BBB). By checking on the Better Business Bureau website, one can obtain information such as the reputation of the tree service company or official ratings.
When choosing a company, the number of employees is an important factor. This is to make sure that the ratio of employees to the amount of work ratio is just right. A better job is expected when the number of employees is right. Avoidable fatal risks can be prevented right from the start by doing this. A good example is a single individual trying to do a job that needs around a number of people. The job done will not be satisfactory and there are higher chances that the worker will get injured. Each tree service company should own top quality equipment to do the job. It is important to make sure that the company has chainsaws, chipper trucks et al and that they are either new or well maintained.
For one to avoid expensive companies or cheap ones that do not seem to add value, one can check the form of payment in which they prefer. Most of the cheap companies do not insure their employees and drive around looking for jobs not forgetting that they demand a cash only kind of offer. On the other hand, expensive companies may overcharge for small work. Settle for companies that are neither too cheap nor expensive. Most of these median companies do not have a preference for the method of payment whether it is through cheques, cash or credit cards.