Selecting the Right Tree Surgeon By Jamie F Moffat
With so much competition out there selecting the best tree surgeon for you can be a daunting task. Tree Surgeon is not a protected term which unfortunately means that just about anyone with a saw can claim to be a professional arborist. So when so many local tree care businesses are fighting for your attention what research should you do and what do you ask when you call for a quote? This guide aims to tell you just that but first of all it will explain the potential problems with attempting tree surgery yourself.
Why Not Just Do it Myself?
Taking the DIY approach, while not the easiest solution, may seem like the best. It's certainly the cheapest option so "why not just do it myself?" is obviously a very valid question. There are numerous good reason why hiring a professional tree surgeon is the better solution. First of all there's safety. Tree felling can be a dangerous task. Without the proper equipment, training and experience the risk of damage to both people and property is significantly higher. The best tree surgeons are trained and assessed and adhere to strict British standards of quality and safety. Any arborist of great reputation will be happy to show their qualifications for the job. Not only that, a skilled professional is equipped with state of the art safety equipment designed to protect themselves, your property and other bystanders. Also, in case the worst does happen, the best arborists will show that they are fully insured to cover any damages to property during the tree care process.
The second reason why it's better to hire a professional tree surgeon is efficiency. Using the very best industrial equipment and having the right training and experience allows a professional arborist to compete the necessary work in a fraction of the time it would take a regular person. They can quickly complete a job and clear any resulting debris greatly reducing unnecessary disruption to you or your organisation.
So as can be seen, for a safe and efficient job, professionals hold all the advantages.
Questions to Ask
So you've decided to hire an expert. You're still being bombarded with adverts and businesses claiming to be the best so where to start? Below is some of the questions you should ask when you call for a quote.
Is the tree surgeon insured?
The most professional tree surgeons will be happy to show you their insurance credentials. These are essential where theirs potential risk to surrounding property. If they can't show proper insurance chances are they aren't as professional as they seem.
Do you work to British standards?
If yes, ask which one. All professional tree surgery should be carried out to BS3998 standards
Do they have adequate training, experience and qualifications?
How many years have they been tree surgeons for? Don't be afraid to ask for academic qualifications or proof of assessment.
Do they offer other services?
There are companies out there who will offer other services unrelated to tree care. While these companies might be perfectly good at mending fences and laying driveways tree surgery is a highly skilled trade. Make sure you choose a specialist.
Do they have a permanent address/business phone number?
Best to avoid companies who cannot give you a permanent address or offer a mobile number as the only means of contact.
In conclusion, choosing the right tree surgeon for you can be a daunting process. There can often be dozens of options even if you're only looking locally. Knowing the correct questions to ask can be a big help when selecting the best tree surgeon to suit your needs. When considering taking the job on yourself, seriously think of the risks and whether it's worth the potential damage to property and threat to peoples safety.
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