This post is part of our month-long “Selecting a Tree Service” series to offer tips for hiring a qualified tree care service. Check back every Tuesday of this month for a new post!
If you’ve been browsing the web for tips on choosing a tree service, no doubt you’ve seen countless recommendations to work with licensed, insured and accredited professionals.
Of course these credentials sound important, but what do they mean for you and your property? Ask yourself these three questions to determine how to hire a tree service that will keep your home and trees safe.
Is the company licensed and insured?
While climbing trees may be one of your favorite childhood pastimes, the job is much more serious for professional arborists. Often, arborists are quite high from the ground -even close to surrounding power lines- while using power tools.
With so many factors at play, it's best to be safe. At Davey, all our tree climbers and employees are licensed and covered by company insurance.
That isn't the case for every tree service out there.
Davey client Meg Griffin learned how important a licensed tree company is when she came home to careless cuts on her beloved oak tree. Her neighbor’s unlicensed tree service incorrectly trimmed away at the tree, leaving it vulnerable to disease and damage.
Some tree companies do not have insurance - or employ unlicensed climbers and trimmers. These risks provide a huge liability to you. If anything were to go wrong on your property, you could be financially liable for injuries or damaged assets.
When you work with an insured tree trimming company, such as Davey Tree, that's something you never have to worry about. Always ask if your tree service company has insurance before hiring them.
What are the company’s credentials?
It’s best to work with a company that has both certified and accredited arborists. ISA Certified Arborists® have gone the extra mile to prove their commitment to exceptional tree care. A lengthy process of education, testing and verifications equips them with the knowledge and skills to best meet client’s needs.
Beyond the arborists, look at the company’s credentials.
The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) has a well-respected accreditation program that ensures tree care companies use professional and safe standards on your property. TCIA recognizes companies that put safety training into practice, from safe equipment use to cautious tree climbing.
How does accreditation benefit me?
Tree care services that have completed the thorough process of accreditation are highly respected in the industry. Companies go through TCIA’s review voluntarily and are approved based on:
- Reliable and ethical customer care
- Formal employee training
- Compliance with industry standards
- Attention to safety and quality
Now that you know the credentials, it’s time to find a company to match.
At Davey Tree, the accreditation goes straight from paper to your property. We pride ourselves in The Davey Difference—ensuring that our certified team commits to safety standards and exceptional client service.