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 – http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/arboristsearch.aspx 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!