HOW TO CHOOSE A TREE SERVICE
Do you have a tree that’s dangerously close to your house or roof? Is it partly in your neighbor’s yard? Has a tree been damaged by the weather? Maybe you’re just ready for a change in scenery and want to move things around. If you’re in a neighborhood with a Homeowners’ Association, be sure present your plans for approval before proceeding with work, or it could cost you.
But now it’s time to find and choose a professional tree service to take care of your yard. Here’s the most important things to consider when selecting a tree service.
EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATIONS
Be sure you look for a company who has been in business for a long time. That way, you’re more certain they’ll be around to complete your job, and not leave town. Also check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB.org) for any unresolved complaints and their rating. Do they have a certified arborist on staff? What other type of professional certifications do they have?
Kevin’s Tree Service, Oviedo, has been in business for over 30 years in the Central Florida area, and has an A+ rating with the BBB, and an ISA Certified Arborist on Staff – Lic# FL5421A.
Can the tree service explain exactly how they will do the job, how long it will take, and how they’ll cleanup at the end? A professional tree service will have years of experience with both commercial and residential projects, and know how to assess each project, large or small. They should be able to explain their plan of attack clearly to you.
Kevin’s Tree Service will explain the process and equipment that will be used in your job, and make sure you understand the entire process.
Don’t settle for a tree service that says they are “fully licensed.” That doesn’t mean anything. You want to be sure they have Worker’s Comp,, in case one of their own workers is hurt on the job, General Liability to cover YOU and your property, and Automotive Insurance, in case of an issue involving their vehicles. And there’s no shame in asking for PROOF of their insurance, even to the point of contacting their insurance company directly. This may seem trivial to you up front, but it will be invaluable if something goes wrong during the job.
Kevin’s Tree Service has automotive, worker’s comp and general liability insurance to be sure everything is covered. We’d be happy to show you proof, or refer you directly to our insurance carrier. And for your larger job, we will be happy to show you our bond.
You’re inviting outsiders to come on your property and manipulate your landscape. You need to be sure they are an organization you trust, and that others you trust have had good experiences with them. Check with your neighbors, look online for people you trust who have had good experiences with their tree service. Sites like Homeadvisor and Angie’s List also contain ratings of people who have used the services of the company you are considering. But friends, family and neighbors might be your best source of finding a tree service with a good reputation.
You won’t find a tree service in Central Florida with a better reputation than ours. As a matter of fact, we won the Angie’s List “Super Service Award” in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 , 2015, 2016 , 2017 & 2018. And we’d be more than happy to furnish you with some of our recent customers to check with.
A professional tree service will not ask you for money front. If they have your signed estimate, that’s your commitment that you are going to pay when the work is done. Only pay when you are 100% satisfied with the work. Be sure that you are comfortable on the method of payment. If they require cash only, that should be a red flag for you to look elsewhere. This company may not have the most ethical business practices.
Kevin’s Tree Service will start your project as agreed upon on our signed estimate. We offer a variety of payment options, including personal check, Visa, MasterCard, even PayPal.
Hopefully, they’ll never have to lean on their insurance coverage, if they take proper steps to keep their staff safe. Be sure the team wears face shields or protective glasses and steel toe boots. If the job involves climbing high into a tree, be sure they will use the proper safety rigging, both for the workers and the tree limbs that will be dropping down.
Kevin’s Tree Service workers always wear the appropriate safety gear, depending on the job. If we’re climbing into the tree, we’ll have the appropriate rigging, gloves, hard hats and shoes for the job. Our team is valuable to us, and we intend to keep them healthy.