What to Look for When Hiring a Tree Removal Company

Having a tree removed from your property can be a seamless experience when you hire a professional, but can be a daunting task if you don’t. For most people, the largest investment you ever make will be your home so taking care of your property is critical. There are several things you can do to make sure you hire someone who will take care of and treat your property the same way you would.

The first step is to check for proper licensing and insurance, you want to make sure you hire a professional tree care company. Once you receive proof of insurance you can call the insurance provider to make sure that the insurance is up to date and includes working at height. A company that has liability insurance will be held liable to cover all damage to your home or property.

The second step is to do your homework on the company. The internet holds a lot of information which can come in handy when you’re trying to learn about a prospect company. Go through the reviews the company has and read several to understand how the company operates and treats its customers. If they have a social media this is a great way to get a look into their daily operations and see how they work. Remember they are going to be working on YOUR property so spend some time making sure you are hiring the right company.

Denny still enjoys the occasional climbing job and we appreciate that he is willing to go up a tree the old fashioned way.

The third step would be to ask about the equipment that will be used and how they plan to complete the work. A well-established tree service will be able to walk you through step by step while getting your free estimate on how they plan to complete the work at hand. They also will explain how each piece of equipment will be used to help speed up the process, make it safer for the employees and make sure they do the work with no damage to your property. A bucket truck is used to lift a person into the tree so they can gain access to the entire canopy allowing them to maneuver and remove the tree in a precise order. Once pieces are lowered to the ground a mini skid will come in, grab the branches and drag them to the chipper and feel them in. If your tree has little to no access or is overhanging your home a crane may be brought in to safely lift the pieces up and away from your house. You may be thinking this sounds like a lot of equipment which will increase the price of my tree removal. A tree service invests in this equipment to keep their employees safe and greatly increase their production which in turn makes the tree removal more affordable for the homeowner.

Tree removal is not a process that is taken lightly, it takes years of experience paired with the right equipment to get it done correctly. Taking these few steps will help to make sure that your tree removal process goes seamlessly and will restore your property to a safe and beautiful state!

Our smooth operator Sean.
He makes it a priority to leave no damage to your lawn because even though we arent exactly in lawn service. your tree in is your yard so we treat it as if it was our own.

19 Responses

  1. There is a tree in my front yard, right next to the sidewalk, that is 10 feet tall and every Spring it gives out cotton which ends up flying all over the neighborhood and ruins my lawn as well as my neighbors’ lawns. I thought it was very interesting to read that you should plan your removal for the off-season because it is when the business is slower. It would be awesome to be able to either trim the tree or remove it so I do not have to deal with the branches that fall off during storms or the cotton during the spring months.

    1. Fray,
      It sounds like you have a Cottonwood tree in your yard and as much as we appreciate them, we agree that they need to be planted in the right place. The shedding of their seeds is both an allergy problem and just a general dirty situation to have to deal with. Trimming the branches won’t necessarily help the situation rather mitigate the amount you have to deal with and Cottonwood trees can tolerate trimming and pruning in any season.
      We agree that you should enjoy the trees on your property and some, times, removal and replacement is the best answer. Let us know if you would like any further information, we are here to help!

      Enjoy fall,

  2. I like your advice about researching the tree removal company before hiring them to ensure they have good reviews from satisfied customers. My dad plans to hire one soon since we have a red maple tree in our backyard that is growing dangerously close to our roof. I’ll share this advice with him later so he can hire a tree removal company soon. Thank you!

    1. Levi,
      Thank you. It is a good idea to do your homework, especially with tricky trees. We would be happy to give you an estimate when the time comes.

  3. It really helped when you said that we can turn to the internet if we need information on a certain company. I’m thinking of hiring arborists for stump grinding but I’m not sure who to trust for the job. I’ll try to check Google reviews and see if there are well-recommended company websites that I can visit.

    1. Thank you, Zoe; we believe there is so much great information at our fingertips on the Web. We would be happy to help with your stump removal and if you chose another company, ask if they do locates for underground lines or wires. It is an important tip 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing how important it is to hire a tree contractor or surgeon. In that way, you will be safe, the outcome will be great and you can also save time and effort. I admire professionals who take care of this matter for us. Cheers, and keep posting more tree-cutting content. I love your expertise!

    1. Thank you for appreciating our effort to educate homeowners, we know that it is important to know what to look for when hiring a tree company.
      We will continue to do our best to help our community grow in knowledge!
      Enjoy spring!

  5. I believe and agree with you that hiring an expert and professional tree surgeon like you and your company should be the best option when doing tree removal. It is important to keep safe and it will also save our time and effort. Thank you for sharing this content.

    1. Thank you. We do our best to keep our company standards at the highest level of safety, efficiency, and professionalism for everyone’s benefit.
      Enjoy spring!

  6. Thank you for your tips on when to hire a tree removal company. I admire your post and this article. Cheers from our Ashburn VA tree removal. I am looking forward to reading more posts from you. Please continue being successful in what you do.

  7. It was interesting when you mentioned that doing some research on the internet about a company can be very useful to finally hire it. My parents recently moved to a new neighborhood, and it has some old trees that might cause trouble in the future. I will let them know your article so they can know what to expect when they finally need to call a tree removal comány, thanks for sharing.

    1. Well, that is good news, and thank you for sharing! It is always a good idea to do some homework before committing to a company for your tree care.
      Enjoy spring,

  8. Experts at your trusted local tree care company can also help you choose new trees and plants to include in your landscape. If you want to brighten up the area or include some of your favorite plants, a professional arborist company can help you make space your own.

    1. We agree that an arborist has a realistic perspective on what is best suited for a homeowner’s landscaping; we see far too many trees removed because they are planted in the wrong location. In our opinion, it is important to plan for the future tree that it will grow into in 10-20-30 years from the time you plant it.

  9. How helpful that you mention that asking about the equipment that a company uses is good to help find a tree removal company. I just moved into an older home this month and I want to remove a couple of the trees in the yard. I will find a great tree removal service in my area.

    1. We hope you feel better equipped to make the right decision for your trees and your home, they depend on your wise decision-making for their benefit and safety! There are many professional and well-equipped tree companies to choose from!

    1. We are happy to give information that helps homeowners choose wisely when hiring a tree company. We believe it is useful information.

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