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Check List for Hiring Professional Tree Services

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Check List for Hiring Professional Tree Services

Performing tree work can be very dangerous.  It is best to hire a professional arborist that is qualified to examine and identify potential risks and make recommendations to improve the health and appearance of your trees. A professional service can provide a trained crew with all the required safety equipment and insurance to protect its employees and customer’s property.

Checklist for Hiring a Professional Tree Service

  1. Membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  2. Proof of insurances (general liability AND occupational accident insurance)
  3. Membership in the Better Business Bureau in good standing
  4. List of References for your area

Hiring a service to work on your trees can be a difficult decision. Texas has no license and bonding requirements for operating a tree service. It’s more common to find door to door tree cutters than it is to find a tree care professional.

Why is that so important? Unqualified workman are responsible for damaging and killing trees in large numbers, by cutting too much and at the wrong time, along with passing diseases from tree to tree by using trimming tools that are not disinfected. In addition property damage and injuries are more frequent which can be a problem for you the customer.  Texas home and business owners can be liable for the injuries of anyone that is injured while on your property.  Every year the bureau of labor statistics compiles a report of the most dangerous jobs according to the fatality rate. In 2011 the report listed the tree industry as number 2 out of the top 5 with a total of 115 deaths per 100,000 workers. Tree branches falling on workman and the use of chainsaws account for many fatalities.

Experience, proper training and the right insurance to cover property damage and company workman are a must. Extras like BBB membership, good standing and previous customer testimonials can help you make the right choice.