Finding the right tree services company can be a challenge. Here are a few important points we feel you should consider before deciding which company deserves your business:
#1 – Fully Insured to Preserve and Protect Your Trees, Your Safety, and Your Property
Let’s be honest. There are lots of “tree services” people out there who have no insurance. It may lower the fees they charge, but as far as lowering the overall cost of the job, think about it… If there is an accident or other mishap, the money you “saved” will be long gone, and most likely many times over. Without the proper insurance coverage, the homeowner is liable. And for a serious accident, you could lose everything.
We practice the most stringent safety measures, but with tree work, a routine job can become an emergency in an instant, risking life and property. Everhart Tree Care is a fully insured and licensed tree service. We have the liability and workmen’s compensation insurance to cover emergencies like this.
Unfortunately, too many tree services don’t. This means you, the homeowner, are liable. Avoid this risk by asking for proof of insurance before getting a quote. Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
#2 – Highly Recommended, Reputable and Responsive
We always recommend that you check out a tree company’s reputation as well as their references. You can easily check the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, Yelp, Houzz and other Internet sources. Note: We are a “Super Service Award Winner” from Angie’s List.
Professional tree care organizations, like the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) are also great resources. Everhart Tree Care is a proud member of both!
#3 – Availability & Emergency Tree Service
We hope it never happens, but if a tree falls through your roof in the middle of the night you’ll want tree professionals to be there before the situation gets any worse or more dangerous. Frankly, we believe in prevention, and diagnosing potential problems before they occur, but in high winds or a serious storm for example, anything can happen.
So, when you are interviewing a tree service for tree diagnosis, maintenance, removal, etc., you should also probably ask them about how they handle emergency calls. Are they available 24 hours a day to help with serious emergency situations? Do they have back ups of their most crucial equipment so they are ready without delay when needed?
#4 – Eco-Friendly Practices
We believe that certified arborists should not just be aware of the importance of trees in helping sustain our environment, but should run their businesses as sustainable models, and as much as possible in an eco-friendly way.
Ask a potential tree services provider what they are doing to help the environment… The types of insecticide they offer; creating mulch for the homeowner or others; selling or donating firewood; or donating wood to local mills; all are good indicators that the company is dedicated to doing what it can to help the environment, as well taking great care of its customers.
#5 – Last, but Not Least: Clean Up
We take great pride in our work, as well as what the job site looks like afterward. If we remove a tree, we leave no evidence that a tree existed in that location. We use stump grinders and chippers to remove limbs and branches from your property, and we’ll rake the area to minimize any small remnants. If you want us to stack large limbs or branches out of site, or leave wood chips for you to use as mulch, we’re happy to accommodate. Whatever the job, we can clear it clean! We use ground mats under our trucks to keep from damaging your lawn, sidewalks, and driveway. Our ground mats also prevent vehicles from getting stuck in wet, muddy or unstable ground conditions.
We regard this as an essential part of providing full tree services to our clients. Would you want it any other way?