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Question DetailsAsked on 7/11/2013

what is a bonded contractor

I am looking for a professional tree service. I need to have trees pruned, possibly removed, etc. Some of the tree services are bonded and some are not.... all are insured. Not sure what "bonded" means??

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Most licensing jurisdictions require that all contractors be licensed AND bonded, but not all require tree trimming companies to be bonded - apparently the case in your area.

In your case the insurance is of primary importance, as it gives protection against damage or injury to others by the contractor, and his Worker Compensation insurance protects against his own employees being injured.

The bonding would protect against him failing to complete the job or causing physical damage (say with a felled tree) and doing a bad job - you would have the option of going back to his bonding company to get it made good. Certainly not as critical for this type of job as say a major addition, remodel or new home contract where a poorly done job or leaving the job unfinished would be more critical.

Your call, but assuming you do not pay any substantial amount up-front, for this type of work I would be a whole lot more careful making sure the insurances are up-to-date then the bonding.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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