Overgrown, dying, or rotting trees can be problematic to deal with. They both pose a hazard but also pest and insects can use them as a nest, potentially infecting your landscape and home. The solution to this potential problem is to hire a tree service specialist and can deal with and/or remove problem trees. However, finding a professional and affordable tree service in Winston-Salem can take some searching as not every tree care company in the area is reputable. Below are suggestions and advice on what to look for when selecting a tree removal company.
Probably the best way to judge tree care companies is through referrals as well as online reviews. When you get an estimate, ask the company for referrals you can call to ask about their experience. First-hand referrals are the best source for evaluations about the company you are considering. Also, look at their online reviews from sources such as Yelp, Homeadvisor, BBB, and Google. These can provide you will additional references about the quality of their work.
Unfortunately, tree services are not regulated in terms of standards and licensing. Virtually anyone can start a business with a chainsaw and a truck. However, this hardly qualifies them as a tree care professional. Ask about a company's credentials, such as membership to the Tree Care Industry Association and the International Society of Arborists. Further, ask them about their continuing education program to ascertain their level of preparedness and knowledge of emerging trends in the tree care industry. These questions will give you a good sense of their professionalism and commitment to their trade.
A quality tree care company will have made a serious investment in equipment. This financial commitment will indicate their seriousness and professionalism towards their business. Equipment such as stump grinders and wood chippers are not inexpensive capital expenditures. An investment in these assets will tell you the level of commitment the owner has in his business as well as customers.
Many states require tree care companies to carry a license as many home service contractors have. Failure to have and comply with state licensing requirements is a sure sign the company is questionable. Further, the tree service business can be dangerous so insurance is mandatory (for all professional and quality companies). And, there are two types of insurance you should ask about: 1) liability insurance; and, 2) worker's compensation insurance. Liability insurance is necessary if any damage is done to your property. Removing large trees can be a risk to your home. Further, tree care work is dangerous to those who perform it. Injuries happen all the time to works and if the company does not care worker's compensation, you as the property owner will be liable through your homeowner's policy. Always ask to see copies of these two insurance policies before employing a tree care company.
Following these suggestions, you can be assured of selecting a quality company to remove or trim your tree. No all tree service companies in Winston-Salem will meet or exceed these criteria. Do you research and homework using these tips so you aren't exposed to financial and legal risk. Whether you need tree removal, tree pruning, or any other tree service, you should also do your homework before selecting a tree company.