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

January 2014

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

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

Tree Service Professional - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Tree 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 Tree Service Professional Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Tree Service?Most Tree Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Tree Service Professional ranges from $27 to $41. 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 Tree Service Professional.
Do I need to use a licensed Tree Service Professional for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?Tree Service is commonly performed without a professional license.
Should I use an insured Tree Service Professional for my project?Your Tree Service Professional should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Tree Service Professional should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Tree Service Professional need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Tree Service Professional. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Tree Service Professional's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Tree Service Professional - Services

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

Tree Service Professional - Finding and Hiring

Not every Tree Service Professional 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 Tree Service Professional 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 Tree Service Professional to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Tree Service Professional - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

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

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Tree Service Professional Hiring Guide

How to hire a Tree Service Professional

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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