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Spring storms often bring out the best in a community. Neighbors, even strangers, help each other cope with aggravations and property damage left in the wake of a storm. Unfortunately, storms also bring out the worst in a community – fast-buck arborists and fly by night tree services looking to profit from the misfortunes of others. How can homeowners protect themselves when they need to hire a tree care company to clean up after a storm?
“With thousands of dollars at stake, not to mention the integrity and appearance of your property and your personal safety, make sure you investigate before deciding which company you should hire,” warns Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association.
If the “professional arborist” you hired to remove a tree drops it on your house instead of your lawn, it’s too late to confirm the company is insured. “Disreputable companies are renowned for ripping gutters off, breaking fences and bird baths, and even dropping trees on houses,” says Andersen. “Then they typically fold up and leave, never to be seen again.”
Disreputable Companies Tend To:
Start with the arborist listed in the phone or on the Internet. Don’t place much emphasis on the size of the Yellow Pages ad – some of the most reputable firms rely almost entirely on word-of-mouth advertising. Look instead for what the ad or Web page tells you about the company: number of years in business, professional affiliations, licenses, Accreditation, certification, etc. Avoid companies that advertise topping, an injurious and unacceptable practice. You should be aware that the credentials of someone calling himself or herself an arborist can vary widely. Don’t just hire someone with a chain saw who knocks on your door. Look for the company displaying the credentials of a professional. When you meet with the arborist:
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