Professional arborists Blog post. Choosing trades people to work at your property can sometimes be a daunting experience. Often you are delving into worlds that are outside of your own.
You may understand the general idea of what the work involves. But the specifics of exactly how the job will take place and what is needed to do it may remain a mystery.
The decision process is further complicated by the fact there are many different companies. Seemingly offering the same service.
So how do you choose? This Blog post discusses some of the qualities you should be looking for when choosing an Arborist to work for you.
Before you start looking for a tree work company, try to have a clearer idea of what work you need done.
This does not necessarily mean you need specifics, but more a general idea of how you would like your garden or landscape to be.
- How do you use the space?
- How would you like to use the space?
- What would you like it to look like in 10 years’ time?
A good Arborist will be able to take this information and advise you how to manage your existing tree stock to best achieve these results.
If you have a company you already trust then that’s great. If not, recommendations from trusted friends are also a good way to go.
Once you have the name of a company there are 2 items you should check before engaging them;
Are they qualified Arborists and are they insured?
If not, look elsewhere. This information should be available on their website and, if its not, make sure you ask them when you speak to them in person.
- Assess any communication you have with the company or individual. Is it easy?
- Did you receive the information you require? What was the response time like?
Depending on the project, this may be someone you have to deal with a lot so make sure that you can talk to them productively.
When on site ask lots of questions and make sure you are happy with the answers.
A good Arborist will be able to interpret your ideas or vision into a sensible action plan.
This may involve suggesting solutions that you had not thought of or explaining why what you are proposing may not be the best course to take.
They will also be able to tell you exactly how they will do the job and what will be required to do it.
If you are getting multiple quotes, compare how the job will be done and not just the price.
A cheap job may get your tree on the ground but destroy the rest of your garden at the same time.
When the quotes come through, compare them to see how much information is given on them.
A reputable company will supply good information on what is to be done and how it is to be undertaken.
The quote should leave you confident that these people know what they are talking about and will act professionally.
When comparing the prices, compare the other information that is supplied with them.
Running a good quality, professional business can incur higher costs than a company that is cutting corners.
Of course, we all want the cheapest price possible but at what expense?
Poor quality tree work can seriously harm your trees (or your property) and may end up costing you more in the long term.
If the company you would like to go with has a price that you can not afford talk to them. They may be able to split the job into small parts.
That can be done in stages or change what is to be done with the waste products from the job to make it more affordable.
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Rossy and the Team.
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