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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Tree Trimming, Moving and Removal Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Arborist, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Arborist commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Arborist? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Tree Trimming, Moving and Removal Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Arborist - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Tree Trimming, Moving and Removal Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results. Download the Arborist Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Tree Trimming, Moving and Removal Service?Most Tree Trimming, Moving and Removal Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Arborist ranges from $48 to $71. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Arborist.
Do I need to use a licensed Arborist for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?Tree Trimming, Moving and Removal Service is commonly performed without a professional license.
Should I use an insured Arborist for my project?Your Arborist should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Arborist should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Arborist need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Arborist. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Arborist's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Arborist - Services

A Arborist can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Tree Trimming, Moving and Removal Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Arborist - Finding and Hiring

Not every Arborist has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Arborist matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Arborist to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Arborist - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Arborist. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Arborist. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Arborist's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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Arborist Hiring Guide

How to hire a Arborist

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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