How to Ask the Right Questions When Hiring a Tree Service

How to Ask the Right Questions When Hiring A Tree Service

Ideally, when you hire a local tree service you get a fair quote, the job gets completed on time and you’re happy with the completion.  That’s exactly what would happen when you call a local tree service company in the perfect world!  But we don’t live in the perfect world.  We live in a capitalist country where everyone is really just in it for themselves (that’s a topic for another type of blog!).  It’s real though – there’s getting a fair quote and waiting 8 weeks for the job to be completed.

It happens all the time.  We see people hire local tree services for anything from tree trimming to tree removal only to get a quote, put a deposit down and then have to follow up with said tree service for weeks just to get the job started.  That’s right – to get the job started, not completed.

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Tree Company You’re Thinking of Hiring:

  1. Is your estimate the final price or will there be other costs?
  2. When will the job be completed by?
  3. When you say next week, is that an estimate or can I expect the job to be completed by then?
  4. What happens if you get other work that’s more pressing?
  5. Do you have insurance?
  6. Do you have a reference that I can call?
  7. Can you go a little lower than that?
  8. How long does it take the job to be completed?
  9. What’s your tree service website?
  10. How long have you been in the tree business?

If they can’t answer simple questions like what’s your tree service website then they are probably not a reputable tree company.  Every reputable tree company has a couple things down pat:  website, insurance, references etc.  The other big question is “Can you go a little lower than that?” because that’s going to separate the men from the boys.  The tree guys that let you beat them down a few hundred bucks gave you that quote with justifying it!

Make sure you always try to beat up your tree company for a few hundred bucks.  If they don’t let you beat them up and their quote is already fair – that’s who you should use!  Because their quote is justified.  It’s not just a made up price point that you’ll hopefully say yes to.  There’s a huge difference there.

From everyone on the La Tree Service FAQ team – we hope that you enjoyed this article and learned something from it.