Property owners need to be aware that not all tree services are created equal. There are many professional and reputable tree services available. There are also a lot of fly-by-night outfits.
Questions for Tree Service
Asking questions is a great way to locate a professional tree pruning service. Asking if you have professional arborists is the first and most important question. The best arborists are tree experts and they are employed by the best services.
Next, you need to ask if you are licensed and bonded. While most jurisdictions require a business license, some might require more. Ask your local government for the right license to use to operate a tree service.
You should also ask if you are bonded. A surety bond is a guarantee that a legitimate business will provide security. This means they are insured and that their insurance company will pay for any damage. This bond should be easy to show if the service is legitimate.
Keep in mind that your insurance may not pay for any damage caused to your property by unbonded contractors. You could also be held responsible if a contractor who has not bonded damages the property of a neighbor. It is a good idea to ask for a bond, especially if you are dealing with commercial or rental property.