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Question DetailsAsked on 11/4/2013

What should I ask before hiring a tree service

need to take down large tree in yard

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Google this search phrase - hiring a tree service angies list

When I do it, three of the top four items are Angie's List articles on your question.

Also, review this article on insurance, bonding, and licensing - very important because tree workers are amongst the highest risk for on the job injury.

You can also find a number of answers to prior questions about typical costs and the types of services you may need or can choose from to limit the cost, in the Home > Tree Service category at the link right below your question.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


It depends a lot on what you want to have done.

If it is for a removal, the most important thing is experience, equipment, and valid insurance. The company should have all the necessary equipment (in good working order) and operate by strict safety protocols (ask them about their safety protocols, they should be delighted to talk about this). Ask if they are CTSP (Certified Tree Safety Professional) and a member in TCIA (Tree Care Industry Assn).

If you are looking for a health diagnosis, appraisal, lightning protection, cabling, bracing, planting, or any kind of pruning, I would ask the representative about their education and their professional certifications and credentials. The absolute MINIMUM is an ISA Certified Arborist, but it may not be enough. The science of arboriculture is changing so rapidly, you really need to dig deep to determine how committed she/he is to continuing education and staying abreast of the latest science. As about their college degrees. Ask what certifications they hold (more certifications require more education). Ask what professional organizations they belong to (because professional organizations mandate continuing education, and sometimes mandate insurance as well).

Above all, don't hesitate for ONE MINUTE and don't be intimidated when asking for this information, or for proof. Don't be afraid to hire a well educated, heavily credentialled professional. Someone who has it will be thrilled that you asked, and very happily tell you all about it. Someone who does NOT have it will immediately bad-mouth the professional organization, the credentialling process, or both, as shams designed to take money away from their business.

Answered 6 years ago by verdegalea

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