Choosing a Tree Service

When it comes to choosing contractors to complete work on your home, it pays to be a discerning and even a little bit “choosy” potential client. You don’t compromise on quality in caring for the inside of your home, you should take the same approach to hiring someone who will take care of your trees and landscape.

Arbor Care Inc. knows that there are many tree service companies in Houston who will say anything to get your business, and it can be hard to know whether you’re really getting the qualified service you should expect. So we put together a short list of questions to ask, things to look into when you’re ready to work with a tree service company.

1)      Check if the tree service company is ISA Certified Arborists. Use this handy site –  to find a company in your area that is ISA Certified, or also to look up their credentials if they are claiming certification.

2)      Ask for referrals from your neighbors, family or friends. Neighbors are a good source of information because it’s likely their landscape and tree care needs are similar to the ones on y our property. Find out if they were happy with the work they’ve had done and if they would hire the company again.

3)      Get multiple estimates. When it comes to tree service, it is likely you will get what you pay for. Speak with the tree service company representative and have them give you a written, detailed estimate of their recommendations and costs related to your project. When it comes to tree service, it is likely you will get what you pay for. A reputable tree care company uses the best equipment, arborists, crews and carries extensive insurance in order to do the best work for their clients. If an estimate is much lower than average, you are probably getting lower quality work.

4)      Check for membership that is current and in good standing with the International Society of Arboriculture (the ISA), and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). It shows they are interested in best practices in the tree care industry and have everyone’s best interests in mind.

5)      If a company recommends tree topping, move on to a more professional and reputable tree service company. Tree topping hurts trees and a company that is willing to go there will do more damage than good to your property.

Arbor Care Inc. is here to answer any questions you might have about a tree service project, proper tree care or anything tree-related!

11 thoughts on “Choosing a Tree Service”

  1. I like that you talked about how your neighbors can be a good source of a tree care service that you can hire because it’s likely that their tree care needs are similar to yours. There’s a tree in our yard that appears to fall anytime. My children love playing in our yard, so it’s important for me to know if tree removal is the best option to ensure the security and protection of my children. It will make sense for me to ask my neighbors of a good tree care company that they may have worked with before because of a similar situation. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  2. Thank you for the post on choosing a tree service. I definitely like the idea to ask for referrals from your neighbors or family and friends. You want to ask people who have recently used a tree trimming or removal service and were satisfied with the work done.

  3. I like that you talked about getting a detailed estimate from a representative. I have been looking for a service that could remove a dead tree from my yard. It makes sense to get a quote in detail because then you are better able to plan how much you’ll need to pay.

  4. I like that you suggesting asking your neighbors for recommendations of a good tree service company and find out if they were happy with the work that they’ve got from the tree service company. My sister is looking to remove some unhealthy trees in her yard due to safety reasons. It’s important for her to find a tree professional that she can be sure of providing her the best services possible. It will really help a lot if she can ask the people around her for recommendations and feedback for the company that they hired before for the same service. Thanks for sharing all your tips!

  5. My neighbor is an arborist and I’m always tempted to go to him for his services. I appreciate your advice here to get multiple estimates and get their estimates in detailed writing so that you can make the decision that is right for you. I’ll definitely do this the next time I need tree services!

  6. I like how you suggested getting referrals from your neighbors when looking for tree services. I have an oak tree that needs to be removed because it’s a hazard. I’ll definitely talk to some of my neighbors to see if they have recommendations.

  7. I totally agree with tip # 2 about asking for referrals from neighbors as one way to find the right tree service. They may be able to recommend a tree service company which they have contracted previously regarding a similar concern. You may want to ask for the quality of work done by the contractor and the overall professionalism exhibited. If I were to look for tree removal services, I would make sure to keep this in mind. Thanks.

  8. I do like that the article recommends getting multiple estimates first; after all, tree care can be quite expensive. Because of that you want to make sure that you’re choosing a tree care service that charges a decent price for quality service. However, you still need to make sure that they keep things like safety as a high priority as well.

  9. My husband and I have a tree that needs trimming. I had no idea that tree topping was hurtful to trees, although that makes perfect sense. We’ll be sure to ask the companies about tree topping so we can find a good company!

  10. We’re going to get some help pruning our trees this year. I appreciate the advice to get several specific estimates so that we can compare them. We will definitely look out for a company that can give an educated and specific estimate. Thank you for the tips!

  11. I really liked it when you said that since the landscaping of the neighbors is similar to mine, I can ask them for recommendations of a good tree care professional. If that is the case, then I will start the search by asking a few neighbors since I really do need someone to prune my trees. Hopefully, I can find someone good since my trees are sensitive. Anyway, my neighbors should know that because we all have the same tree.

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