When it comes to proper tree care, there are some tasks that are simply too big and too dangerous to perform yourself. A good rule of thumb is that unless you can work with both feet on the ground, or unless you need professional advice, then you should hire a tree service firm to do the work. If you’re looking to hire a service here in Conyers to do some tree trimming, tree topping, tree removal, or simply some work around the yard, how do you decide which service is going to be the best one? If you’ve never hired a tree service before and don’t have any personal references to fall back on, then how do you choose? According to the Better Business Bureau, the tree service industry was the sixth most complained about in a recent year. So how do you protect yourself when hiring a tree service and what steps can you take to avoid scams? Here are five important points to consider when searching out quality tree care service in Conyers.


The International Society of Arboriculture and Tree Care Industry Association both certify individuals in arboriculture. Any tree service company that you hire should have both an ISA Certified Arborist and a TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional on staff. Most of the time, it’s sufficient for a tree company to hold a business license in the city or county in which they are located, though some cities and counties require that they hold a license in the jurisdiction in which they do the work as well. Most importantly, be sure the company is fully insured—liability insurance and workers compensation coverage—otherwise, the homeowner will be liable if there is an accident or damage to the property.


One of the reasons that you hire a tree service for their professional experience is because in many cases tree work takes special talents. Yet, talent aside, proper and adequate equipment is an absolute necessity in order to get the job done in an efficient and safe manner. You need to verify that a tree company has the basic equipment such as a bucket and chipper truck, flatbeds, chippers, and chainsaws, that are relatively new and in good condition. Also, when they come out to give an estimate, assess whether they look like a professional company.  


Do your homework and research the company to find out what kind of reputation the tree service has within the local community. Most of this can be done online by searching out positive reviews on a variety of sites and looking to see if they have any complaints. Ask neighbors and friends if they have ever used the company and also ask the company for references, especially if your project is going to be on the expensive side. Be sure to follow up by calling references and speaking to those who have used the service.


So how will you know if their price is too high or too low? The best way to assure that you pay a fair price is to get estimates from at least three different companies. By doing this you will get a good sense of a normal price. In each case, it's recommended you meet with someone from each company so that you can judge the company’s expertise first hand and have an opportunity to ask questions.  Finally, don’t forget to get the estimate in writing.


Do not provide any money down or pay for work of any kind until you are completely satisfied with the work. Unlike the construction industry, the tree service industry under no circumstances needs to be paid in advance for their work. You shouldn't have to pay a dime until your project is complete and you are satisfied with their work.