It can often be a daunting task when attempting to choose a tree service company. With an ever increasing number of tree surgeons advertising each week. It can very difficult to find a company which is best suited for your job. More often than not the price on the quote can be the major deciding factor on who you choose. But have you stopped to consider how that number at the bottom of the quote is generated?
This post will help you understand why that number varies between different companies. We’ll cover some of the things you should look out for if a price seems too good to be true.
Choosing the Best Tree Service Company for the Job
When selecting an Arborist, you want to have confidence that the tree service company you choose has the necessary skill, experience and training to do the work safely, efficiently, and to a high standard. Any company offering these qualities will have invested a considerable amount of time and money into training their staff. They would have also written and implemented strong health and safety procedures.
Becoming a qualified Arborist who can work at an efficient rate does not happen overnight. When you take into account the cost of training courses, equipment, and down time or reduced productivity due to at work training, it can cost an employer tens of thousands of dollars to get someone up to speed.
Check the Tree Service Company’s Training Records
Another factor to consider when making your selection is what happens if things go wrong. In the event of an accident do the staff have the skills to deal with the situation and is the company adequately insured? In order to be competent in emergency situations, such as an aerial rescue from a tree, staff need to be practicing regularly. A good tree service company will be able to show you evidence of training records to prove their staff have the required skills. They will also be able to provide evidence of full insurance details with appropriate levels of cover.
Select a Tree Service Company that are well Equipped
The technical difficulty of the work to be carried will dictate what equipment and how many workers are needed on site to do the job safely. This is an area where some companies may try and cut corners. Examples might be working on a highway without adequate traffic management, or saving money by not using a crane and instead dropping large sections of a tree close to your house.
They may also attempt to reduce their costs by decreasing the number of staff on site. Sometimes they may send less experienced (and therefore cheaper) staff to a high skill level job. You might get away with these tactics on some occasions but eventually accidents will happen.
Experience & Knowledge are key for any Tree Service Company
The knowledge of the people working on your trees, in terms of pruning techniques and tree management, can have huge effect on both the health of your trees and the health of your wallet. An ill-informed tree surgeon with a chainsaw can do enough damage to your trees in half an hour that will require them to be pruned regularly for the rest of their lives.
That initial few hundred-dollar saving does not go very far when you realise you will need an Arborist every 2 years. Not to mention that you are left looking at an eyesore instead of a beautiful garden.
When comparing quotes from Tree Care Companies check the following points:
- Are they qualified and by whom?
- Do they have training in first aid?
- Are they insured?
- How will they do they job? Can they provide a method statement?
- How many workers will they use?
- Do they have a written health and safety policy?
- What equipment will they be using
- Can you see evidence of their past work or recommendations?
Finally, when you are looking at the prices on the quotes make sure you are comparing like with like. There is a set price on doing a job properly. Any attempt to squeeze this price results in a compromise being made somewhere else, usually safety or quality. Saving a few dollars now could cost you a whole lot more in the future.