Investing for a tree service business is actually very risky profession. This is more than just cutting trees but also involves firefighting and police work. The trees you will need to work on can be located adjacent to live power lines, require the use of dangerous tools or put you in a circumstance that can cause serious injury and even death. With all these in mind, it only makes sense that you choose the right tree service provider that can protect you from possible liabilities and secure your health.
A lot of people fall into a common pitfall when choosing for the right tree service provider. And this is the reason why they become vulnerable to scams as well. To avoid this, consider the following factors:
Don’t think that all insurances are the same
Tree service insurance is very costly, particularly the workers’ compensation. Because of this, many tree service providers do not invest much on this aspect, making you prone to any liability. And because you are not fully aware what needs to be covered, a lot of tree services are pushed through despite the fact that they are underinsured. To avoid working with these types of companies, do your own search and look for those who have certificates of insurance. Your best source of information is the insurance companies themselves.
Check out the price
Remember that the cheapest cost is not always the best choice. In fact, many very affordable offers are just too good to be true. This just means that they are compromising in other parts of their business. It can be cutting off on their needed insurance premiums, untrained employees, low wage for employees, insufficient tools and many others. Besides, anyone can make the lowest bid, get the cheapest cost of labor and even cut corners to earn more profit. However, the end result for this is absence of repeat business simply because no one would like to work with a lousy company with no other intention but to generate more profit.
Do not procrastinate your tree’s needed pruning and fertilization
If you wait long before you seek for professional help, your tree can end up structurally unsound in no time. Urban trees can grow up hazardous and weak without proper care. They can have insufficient nutrition from urban soils. They are also exposed to diseases and insects from other less than vigorous trees. However, if they are healthy and well cared for, they will be less vulnerable to diseases. Even mature trees need yearly check for possible internal decay that can cause tree failure. Otherwise, the tree can end up killing and injuring more people.
Not all tree service providers are the same
Tree services may look simple but the opposite is true. Because of this, be careful in your choice of company. For instance, in Tennessee, there is no pre-requisite needed for anyone who claims to be a professional arborist. However, in most parts of the country, you need to have an ISA certificate before you can be called a professional arborist. This certificate tells that you have earned a degree in tree care. Therefore, before hiring a tree service company, don’t forget to ask for an ISA certificate first.
You need to know that there are a numbers of scams that cost a lot of customers annually. Some may not be blatant as the others but they are equally costly to your tree’s health.