You’ve already taken the first step in preventing tree damage by getting a free quote. Now it’s time to be informed and ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. We’ve compiled a list of common mistakes people make when choosing their tree removal company.
1. Ignoring the Quotes Process
When you receive your quote, you should be asking yourself important questions like:
- is this company licensed and insured?
- how long have they been in business?
- what kind of equipment do they use, and where is it from? And what condition is it in?
The reason behind asking these questions is that many companies out there don’t have proper licensing or insurance, may not be around next year if something goes wrong with your property, or whose equipment that may be subpar. You want to avoid these companies at all costs!
2. Not Asking for References
For example, you might ask for references from current customers who have used the company in the past. Or you may want to consult with people in your town who have used the tree removal company. If you are a member of a neighborhood association, they may be able to provide some insight as well.
You should also look up reviews online or ask friends if they’ve had experience with certain companies.
3. Relying on a Company’s BBB Rating
Another common mistake is relying on a company’s BBB rating. While knowing whether or not a business is listed with the Better Business Bureau and its rating is helpful, you should take this information with a grain of salt. The BBB is not always reliable as an indicator or guarantee of quality services. For example, a company with an A+ rating from the BBB doesn’t mean they are performing at that level. Many companies that offer inferior products and services use their high BBB ratings as marketing tools to lure consumers in with an illusion of legitimacy.
Similarly, just because another tree removal service has received poor ratings from the Better Business Bureau does not automatically mean that yours will have similar problems — but it may give you pause when deciding whether or not to hire them!
When evaluating the reliability of any source of information—including the Better Business Bureau—consider how up-to-date its reviews are: Are they outdated? Is there evidence that new complaints were filed recently? Are there any recent consumer complaints against your preferred contractor?
4. Not Asking About Cleanup and Disposal
Asking about cleanup and disposal is a must. If you have a tree removed, the company must offer to clean up the area where the tree was located. It is also essential that they provide to dispose of hazardous materials.
If a company does not offer these services, you may need your contractor or someone from your local municipality involved for them to do their job correctly and safely.
5. Not Checking the Company’s Insurance Coverage
All tree service companies in Florida require the proper amount of insurance coverage. The minimum is about $500,000, but many companies offer higher amounts to cover damage that may result from your trees loosening and falling on your home or yard. If you hire a company without sufficient coverage, they will deny responsibility for any damage caused by their negligence or employee errors.
6. Hiring the Cheapest Company You Can Find
The cheapest is not always the best. In this case, it’s worth paying a little more to get a quality job done right and safely.
7. Companies Willing to Remove Trees Without an Assessment or Valid Reason
Properly assessing all trees is necessary to ensure they are removed correctly. Without a tree assessment, a company may be removing a tree that is perfectly healthy without reason.
8. Choosing a Tree Removal Company Just Based on Price
When it comes to tree removal, you get what you pay for. When a company advertises its services for a low price, there’s usually a reason. They may use subpar materials or equipment, resulting in a shoddy job requiring future maintenance and repairs.
Choosing a company that offers quality service at an affordable rate is essential if you want to maintain your property’s value and avoid costly mistakes down the line. This will ensure that when it comes time for another project—or even just regular maintenance—you’ll be able to trust them 100%.
9. Choosing a Tree Removal Service That Doesn’t Offer Stump Grinding
One of the most important considerations when choosing a tree removal company is whether or not they offer stump grinding. Stump grinding is essential after removing a tree, and it can help make your yard beautiful once again and prevent bugs and animals from using a decaying stump as their new home.
10. Choosing a Company with Little Experience and Expertise
Choosing a tree removal company with little experience and expertise is one of the most common mistakes people make. This can be avoided by choosing a company that has been in business for many years, has been working in your area, and has proven its expertise in dealing with the types of trees you have. The second step is to ensure that they are licensed and insured, increasing their credibility.
SB Tree Service Has All the Check Marks!
When selecting a tree removal company, you want to ensure they’re the right fit for you. Follow these tips when choosing a tree removal company:
- ask for references
- check their insurance policy and ask about cleanup and disposal
- make sure they are licensed and insured
- ask about their experience and expertise in the industry
You’ll also want to consider additional factors, such as whether or not they offer stump removal and cleanup along with their services.
Following these tips when choosing a tree removal company can ensure that your trees are taken care of properly. At SB Tree Service, we pride ourselves on offering our customers high-quality tree care and removal; Contact us today to learn more about our services.