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Questions to ask when you need a tree service

When you’re considering a tree service it’s important to know what your options are and who can do the job in the best way. 

If you’re in an emergency situation, you’ll be less concerned with hiring the right person and more motivated to find someone (ANYONE) who can get to your place ASAP and deal with the problem quickly and effectively. 

At Precision Tree Services, we want to help you avoid these precarious situations as much as possible. How? Through investing in preventative maintenance. This could be through tree pruning, crown raising or reduction, lot or brush clearing and more.

When you’re thinking about a tree service for prevention, you have the time to research the different companies out there and determine who will be the best for the task.

Questions to ask when hiring for a tree service

When hiring a tree services company, you hold the power. There is no reason to Google and commit to the first website that pops up. They may be the best choice but you should be sure of that, not just going with them because you don’t know the questions to help you make an informed decision. Here are a few suggested questions to ask when speaking to tree services companies.

How long have you been in business?

While you don’t have to hire a company that has been in business for decades, longevity does lend itself to credibility and expertise. A company that has been around for a while will have a track record, reviews, satisfied customers and so much more.

Does this service require a permit?

If you’re speaking with a professional, they will know your municipal bylaws and will make sure they’ve secured the required permits for the job. When interviewing a tree removal company, you want their response to this question to be confident and educated.

How long will the job take?

You should have this information before you commit to hiring a tree services company. Does this timeline work for you? Does it align with what other companies are quoting? Is this going to drag on? This will also help manage your expectations.

Can I see reviews or referrals?

If you found the company online, you may already have read through a few reviews before contacting them. However, if you don’t know much about the company’s reputation in the area make sure to ask for referrals so you can get a better idea of how they do business.

Is your company insured?

No matter how small you think a tree service job is, there is an element of risk. Trees can be unpredictable and you want to make sure the company you choose to work with has the appropriate coverage.

Will a certified arborist do the job?

There are different ways a company can approach a tree service. One is to take the job and then send out a subcontractor on their behalf. While this may be a more affordable option, you don’t know who you’re going to get. A better option is to go with a company who uses their own team and has at least one certified arborist. This way you can trust they’re accountable for their work and will make it right if it’s not perfect the first time.

Precision Tree Services has one of Courtenay’s few certified utility arborists and our team of Supertreeroes is composed of highly-trained arborists, apprentice utility arborists and groundsmen. If you’re looking for a tree service, contact us today with your questions or request a free site assessment or estimate.

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