How to Choose the Right Tree Service and Avoid Scams

The internet is a wonderful tool for consumers looking for products and services.  It has become the most used tool for finding businesses and exploring their reviews from other consumers who have done business with them. Sometimes, though, this isn’t always enough. So, here are some tips on how you can tell the difference between the bad apples and the good ones.

  • Better Business Bureau.  Does the company you’re looking at have a listing with the BBB?  If so, what is their rating and do they have more negative reviews than positive?  If they don’t have a listing with the BBB at all, it’s best to skip them and move on to the next one.
  • Google Listing and Reviews.  This goes along with the BBB and nowadays is almost more important.  Consumers are quick to search and review listings on Google for businesses they’ve used or businesses they’re interested in.  Always try your best to be objective while reading reviews, as not every company has a perfect score.  However, if you see a company with a large number of low ratings or reviews, and no response on any from the business, skip it.
  • Too Expensive.  If you’ve called around and received an average price from most companies and then one with an exorbitant price, they’re likely running a scam.  Alternatively, if the price is too low, they may not have proper equipment or labor to complete a good job.
  • Licensing and Insurance. Always be sure to ask the company you’re interested in working with to offer their licensing information and their insurance information.  If the tree service you decide on is not licensed or insured, do not contract them to work for you.
  • Angie’s List and Home Advisor.  For skilled trade services, most of these companies will invest in an account on Home Advisor or Angie’s List.  These two platforms are great for consumers to read reviews from other consumers who have used the company.  This is typically the best place to start looking for a tree service.  If you can’t find one listed on there that you saw elsewhere, err on the side of caution and choose a company on one of the two platforms.
  • Disaster Chasers.  We’ve all seen the folks who come around after a hurricane or other natural disaster when trees go down.  These are what we call “ambulance chasers” who are looking to take advantage of homeowners (overcharging, unlicensed companies) during their biggest pain point.  In the event of a natural disaster, be sure to do your homework and follow the guidelines above to avoid a scam.
  • Requesting Payment Up Front.  A company who requires you to pay upfront is almost always a scam.  SB Tree Service does not ever request payment up front for services.  If the company you’re working with requests payment before service, run the opposite way.

As with any service or product, be sure to do your research.  Consumers are responsible for ensuring they do their homework, and the information is out there.  Utilizing these tools will help you avoid a scam and save your hard earned cash for more reputable companies.

If you’re in need of tree removal services, stump grinding, or anything in between, SB Tree Service is a tried and true company (insured and licensed) for you.  Call us today at (386) 320-3056 or visit us here for more information.