The tree service industry continues to grow each year. According to IBIS World, in 2022, the market for tree trimming services is predicted to grow by 2.3%. That said, with so many firms offering tree services nowadays, it can be tough to choose a reputable one. Unfortunately for clients and reputable tree firms, the tree service sector is rife with swindlers, and services yield less acceptable results. If you’re looking to hire the right tree service, below are tips to help you find the right one.

Check Their Insurance

Ensure that any tree service you consider has enough liability and workers’ compensation insurance. All insurance certificates should be delivered directly from the tree service’s insurance agency. Otherwise, it may be a forged certificate. If a corporation has an accident and lacks the necessary insurance, you are accountable. You will be required to pay for damage to your property and any injuries sustained due to the accident.

Accreditation With Better Business Bureau

Check if the Better Business Bureau accredits the firm. Although the BBB is no longer as powerful as it once was, BBB certification is still a good sign of a reliable tree service. Find out what type of rating the firm has as well. The tree service must be in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.

Ask for Estimates

If a tree service refuses to offer a thorough written estimate of prices for the job you want, this is a major red flag. If they require upfront payment, run, don’t walk, in the opposite direction. Some organizations offer a set amount based on the kind of service, while others charge separately for each activity. Comparing estimates can be a useful tiebreaker when deciding between two reputable tree service firms.

Be Wary of Price

If a price appears too good to be true, it most likely is. Bargains are great, but if a tree service offers you a very low price, it might be because they lack competence, lack the necessary insurance and certificates, or aim to do a portion of the project. Likewise, if a price appears to be excessive, simply decline. Don’t let a slick salesman persuade you that $9000 is an acceptable price for removing a tiny tree in your front yard.

Pay After Service

Once you’ve chosen a tree service you trust, the most crucial guideline is never to pay for a tree trimming or removal operation unless you’re completely satisfied with the results. There have been several reports of homeowners paying in advance for a tree service project, only to never hear from the firm again. You can avoid disappointment by paying after service.

Are you seeking a tree service to maintain your yard? Give Slaters Tree Care a call today to get your yard taken care of by our tree service professionals!