Are you in need of tree pruning or tree removal in Ottawa? Looking at different companies and services, but not sure where to start or who would be best? It’s a pretty wide-open space out there, the tree business, and as you might imagine, not all tree services are cut from the same… well you get the point. It’s worth your while to ask some questions and establish some criteria before hiring someone to trim or remove tree(s) on your property. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.
Some Tree Services Are Better Than Others
We’re biased. But we sincerely want you to know that not all tree services offer equal quality or equal value. When making an important decision such as who will be entering your property and performing work that has inherent risks, it’s important to take a little extra time and choose wisely.
You’ve probably started your search with Google. Fair enough. You might have even landed on this page as a result of that search. Welcome.
Whether you’re looking at us or a host of other alternatives in the tree trimming & tree removal space, it’s good to ask some essential questions. That’s how you’ll determine who’s good, who’s better, and who’s the right choice for you.
Some starting questions include:
Is the Company or Individual Insured?
If someone working on your property were to (heaven forbid) get injured or cause damage to your home, automobile, yard etc. (or to adjacent properties), you could be on the hook for $$$$ if they do not have insurance. At Croft Tree Experts, we are fully covered by ArborGuard (an insurance program designed for our industry), and all our workers are fully covered by WSIB when working on your property.
Do they have a certified arborist on staff?
Arborists are trained in the science (and art) of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care.
We have ISA-certified arborists on staff at Croft Tree Experts. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a member and credentialing organization promoting professional arboriculture globally.
Does their pricing seem too cheap or too expensive?
It’s a great policy to get three estimates before hiring someone – not just tree services, but all kinds of home services. Some might give you a ballpark figure. Some might quote a number. At Croft Tree Experts in Ottawa, we don’t give quotes until we’ve visited your property and seen the tree(s) in question (then we’ll give you a free, no-obligation estimate). After all, we’d rather save a tree than cut it down. And if we have to remove it, we need to know the lay of the land. This is important to bear in mind when getting numbers from different tree services in Ottawa.
Briefly, What Else to Consider
In addition to the points above, here are some other considerations when selecting a tree service:
- Compare apples to apples (sorry for the tree pun, but do ensure that you’re looking at the same criteria on a level playing field)
- Don’t go for pressure tactics or too-good-to-be-true offers
- Check reviews (we’ve proudly earned a stellar 4.8-star rating on Google)
- What organizations do they belong to (we are ISA members and ISA certified)
- Do they leave you with a stump? (we remove it, grinding it up and taking it away – and taking away the trouble for you)
If you’re ready to book a visit and receive a free, no-obligation estimate for tree removal or tree pruning in Ottawa, contact us today. We’llgladly visit your property and see how we can best help you.