So, you’ve decided to get rid of that tree threatening your home’s structural integrity? The good news is that this can be easily and safely done with the help of professionals. However, hiring a tree removal service can be a tricky decision.
With so many options available in Utah, it is essential that you do your research carefully before finalizing on the tree removal company of your choice. The biggest hallmark of a reliable Utah tree removal company is that they will be open to answer any question you may have about your tree problems.
This post presents a few questions to ask your potential tree removal companies before hiring the right one to work on your property.
1. Do You Have Certified Staff on Your Team?
An important aspect to consider when hiring a tree removal service is whether their staff is trained, licensed, and certified. Hiring unlicensed workers can cost you, in terms of property damage and compromised personal safety for you and your family.
Only certified and licensed tree professionals can correctly identify issues like insect-related infestations and diseases. They also ensure the safe handling of equipment, which is central to receiving high service standards.
2. Can You Provide Me with a Detailed Estimate for the Job?
Knowing how much the tree removal cost will set you back by is crucial. A professional tree removal service provider will be transparent. They will give you a detailed estimate even before you bring it up. If they don’t, feel free to ask them for it.
Having an idea of the average cost of tree removal will tell you how much money you will end up spending, avoiding hidden costs and other unwelcome surprises. It will also help you understand which services are included in the total tree removal cost and what costs how much.
If you need time to decide on a tree removal service, ask the company how long they will honor the quote when you receive the estimate.
3. How Will You Perform the Job?
Ask your potential tree removal companies about the approach they will take to manage your project. This is super important if your situation is a complicated one.
For instance, if you have a tree with decaying branches, ask them how they will deal with it. Their answers will give you insights into whether the company understands what you need them to do. You will also be able to figure out if they know what they’re doing.
If most companies suggest the same measures, but one recommends something drastically different, it could be a red flag. You’ll be better off avoiding that company.
4. What Kind of Equipment Will You Use?
You should ask your tree removal company about the equipment they will use. Experienced companies make sure to use only professional-grade equipment – including a bucket truck – which helps them reach trees of all sizes safely.
Further, enquire about the safety equipment (such as protective helmets and harnesses) the employees will use when performing the job. A company that prioritizes its employees’ safety will likely be a reliable partner, reducing overall risks and hazards.
5. How Do You Plan to Protect My Property?
A good tree removal company will also prioritize protecting your property from any harm. Whether it is preventing ruts in your yard from their vehicles or damage to your home due to falling branches, ample precautionary measures will be put in place before starting the job.
Even though the company’s liability insurance can pay for any damage to your property, it is always better to avoid being such a situation. The likelihood of a random accident can never be entirely mitigated, but you can hire a tree removal company that emphasizes precaution and eliminates the prospects of unnecessary issues.
6. How Long Will You Take to Complete the Job?
It is important to remember that no two tree removal jobs are the same. Some may be more complex than others. If you’re dealing with a huge tree that’s showing signs of falling, for example, the job will take longer compared to a task where only trimming a few branches is involved.
Ask your prospective tree removal companies about how long they will take to complete the job. If someone gives you a considerably shorter timeline, it could mean that they don’t fully understand the job or may finish the work hastily.
7. Is Your Staff Insured?
This is non-negotiable. You don’t want to end up paying for damage to your property due to the negligence of the tree removal company you hire. Always ask for proof of insurance to be assured that you’re hiring a truly professional company.
Moreover, the tree removal company you’re considering should be compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules and regulations for tree care, as well as Utah’s Department of Transportation regulations.
Further, if working with heavy equipment or around underground sewer lines is involved, it is essential to consider the weight and proper operation of vehicles. Remember, in case of any damage, an insured contractor carries general liability cover (among other insurance coverages) to protect their employees, your property, and their business.
8. Do You Have the Necessary Permits?
In several cases, it may be necessary to get certain permits and clearances from governmental agencies and the homeowners’ association before performing a tree removal job. Failing to procure these permits can have disastrous consequences, such as steep fines and bitterness in your neighborhood.
It is a good idea to read about the requirements applicable in your county, and ask your tree removal company if they have the necessary permits.
9. Can You Provide Me with Some References?
A reputable Utah tree removal company will never hesitate in providing you with references of their past clients.
Look for online reviews on the tree removal company’s website. You can also check their social media accounts and third-party review/rating websites to see what customers are saying about them.
If you see any negative reviews, go through the conversation thread to check how the company manages displeased customers. This will help you understand their work ethic and customer service culture.
10. What’s Your Cleanup Process Like?
After the job is done, some companies do a better job with cleanup. It’s important that you’re clear about this from the beginning. Whether you want the trees, or its branches mulched for your yard, or cut up and stacked for firewood, state your wishes clearly. If possible, get these details included in your contract along with the tree removal cost. You may have to pay extra for cleaning services, so get that sorted out as well.
When it comes to companies that provide tree care services, you will have a many options to choose from. Asking the right questions can help you determine prospective tree removal companies and pick the best one for your needs.
The fact is that tree removal tasks come with their own set of risks and dangers, and can result in property damage. For these reasons, a DIY job is usually not recommended. Conducting a thorough research and zeroing in on a reliable tree service company can help you protect your home and save time.
Asking the above questions will go a long way in enabling you to hire the most suitable tree removal company. If you’d like more information or would like a quote from Utah’s Tree Co, give us a call at (801) 386-2405, or use our secure online form on our contact page.