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How to Choose a Tree Removal Service

If you have a big tree that must be removed, it is important to choose a tree removal service with care. There are several options out there, but how can we tell which one is right for us? Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to help you make a smart choice.


A tree removal service should be able to show you a certificate of insurance that covers:

> General Liability

This will cover you for property damage if it occurs. It should be for tree removal specifically, not general landscape service, with a worth not below $1 million.

> Worker’s Compensation

This ensures that you will not be liable in case there are injuries on the job.

> Auto Insurance

Trucks and equipment to be used should have commercial coverage if they cause any damage.

> Umbrella

In case any of the above-mentioned policies fall shorts, an umbrella policy will make sure that protection is still provided. This certificate should be sent to you directly by the insurance company instead of the contractor, with you named as Client.


Two professional organizations of which reputable tree services are typically members are the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). Certifications are not guarantees that a tree removal company is good for you, but they do increase the odds that you will be satisfied with their work.

Techniques and Equipment

On top of certification, a tree service must also be able to discuss with you the technique or techniques they intend on using to remove your tree safely. They will likely mention terms like personal protective equipment, block and tackle, pulleys, etc. If you hardly hear them talking about such common rigging devices, you should move on to your next prospect. Using the right equipment is a sign that the company is professional and truly reliable. Besides, without proper equipment, the entire project could spell real danger for both the workers and everyone who will be in the area.

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Also, you should be given the choice to have all the debris removed immediately after the takedown. Otherwise, it means the service may not have the necessary equipment to do this task. Certainly, you can hire a separate provider for this, but it’s important that you are given a choice.

Lastly, before you commit to a tree service provider, make sure you have a written contract that includes all pertinent information, such as the company’s credentials and business location. And very importantly, pay only after – not before – the work has been completed. If they insist otherwise, that only means one thing – you have to find another tree service.

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