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Question DetailsAsked on 10/30/2017

Is tree service regulated in mass?How will I know it they know what they're doing?

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Massachusetts regulations and laws are a mess, as usual and the state website pages supposed to deal with that issue are dead links - but other than for out-of-state corporations needing to be registered as such, and a bunch of laws about Tree Wardens (every town is supposed to have one on payroll to manage public trees), it appears no.

An ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist with the company may give some indication of knowledge - but because of the types of experience which can be counted to get the certification does not necessarily mean they know about your specific type of work - because can be a tree cutting, tree pest control person, even a Landscape Architect - probably better than nothing in the way of certification.

Your best bet is choosing a company with very good ratings and reviews (Angies List Search the List category is Tree Service), and a company that has been around under the same name for a long time locally. And if you know of a neighbor who has used one recently ask who and how their service was.

And of course, a bonded and insured company gives you some financial protection against any mistakes they might make.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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