You live in Santa Rosa, CA and need a tree or branch cut down.
Why would you need this?
Homeowners usually need a tree service for three reasons. Either a whole tree or part of the tree is blocking the sun or a particular view they would like to have. A part of the tree is too close to a window therefore becoming dangerous should high winds come through the area.
Or, a person prefers a flat lawn with no obstructions. Even people who like trees do not always want them in the middle of their front or backyard. Maybe they want to be able to play football or soccer in their yard or maybe they just want more ease in maintaining it.
How do you make your decision in choosing the right tree service company? Regardless of the actual reason you need to make certain you find a tree cutting company who is fair, competent, and covered financially.
Here are some items to think about and though this is coming from the prospective of a local tree service Santa Rosa business owner they can be used in any part of the country.
You should see how long a particular tree service has been in business. Experience is everything in this industry. Keep in mind that these operators are carrying out a very dangerous task.
Think about what it involves. A person is climbing up a tall tree with a rope and chainsaw in his hand. If they are chopping the whole tree down there is the risk of it falling on them. Sure they try to control the falling tree’s path with special ropes but accidents have happened. Their is about as risky as you can get and their insurance rates reflect that. Tree service companies pay extremely high insurance rates.
You want a company of this nature to have years of hands on experience so that accidents are minimized on your property and problems that occur can be quickly rectified. Sometimes power lines and cable lines are hit or damaged while a tree is being cut down. A tree service needs to have the knowledge and expertise repairing lines and poles.
Tree service companies that have been around for a while will also have more specialized tools at their disposal like a stub grinder (used to grind down tree stubs). The right tools make a tree service more fast and effective.
You also need to research what kind of reputation a tree service company in Santa Rosa, CA or somewhere else has. Quality work is important and after years of being in business a company will have a reputation for being detail oriented and providing high quality service or just the opposite.
Make certain they have a state contractor’s license, a bond, and insurance. They should have a general liability insurance policy and a workers compensation policy.
Keep in mind that this insurance is not cheap to obtain due to the nature of the business and around 30% of any bid is just to cover those high costs.
I would be leery of any tree service company that has extremely low bids. It might be a sign they are not properly covered.
A professional tree service should do a proper clean up as well. It might be standard but some of these businesses do not clean up a job site as well as they should. Every tree should be put through the chipper where it is ground up and all the wood chips, twigs, and debris should be picked up. The whole area should be clean.
Check for some online reviews on the internet or local Santa Rosa, CA forums. People usually leave comments about companies they have or have not liked.
What is said here can be very informative. Just remember some people are never satisfied so take some negative comments with a grain of salt if there is not a clear explanation behind them.
Doing the extra research can be the difference between finding a solid company that is great or finding a company that is “fly-by-night.”
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