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What to Consider When Choosing an Arborist

When it comes to tree care, choosing the right specialist for the job can mean the difference between saving and losing a sick or damaged tree. Are you looking for a tree arborist serving Decatur or Atlanta? If so, then continue reading to learn what you should consider when hiring a tree service professional.

Certification

A professional arborist is someone who has at least 3 years of experience working in the tree service industry and has passed an exam that was developed by an international panel of experts in tree care. This examination covers all aspects of tree care, and passing it means that the individual has an acceptable level of arboriculture knowledge. There are several professional associations that an arborist can join, but only the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has a certification program. For this reason, you should look for the ISA logo of certification when selecting an arborist.

Insurance and Permits

When hiring an arborist to perform work on your trees, it’s important work only with someone who has insurance. Request proof of property damage insurance, personal insurance, and workers’ compensation, and then verify that the policies are current by contacting the carriers. Next, find out if the arborist is aware of any laws that require a permit before tree service work can be performed.

Quotes and References

To give yourself more assurance that you will be happy with the completed work, call each reference provided by the arborist and look at pictures of the site or visit it to get a glimpse of the work. Next, ask for written estimates from the arborists that you’re considering. These estimates should include all work costs, the scope of the work to be performed, and credentials. Then, compare the quotes while considering the services and the costs of each. Finally, ensure that the work will only begin once you and the arborist have signed a contract. The contract should include who is responsible for any cleanup, when the work will start and finish, the arborist’s rate for additional work, and the total project cost.

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