Tips from a certified arborist.
Flowers are starting to bloom and so are the numbers of tree-trimming and other home maintenance scams. Jeff Richardson, our ISA Certified Arborist shares his tips on how to avoid a scam and make sure you are dealing with a legitimate arborist.
- Look for a professional tree service company that is licensed, bonded and insured (you can confirm that a contractor is licensed with the Nevada State Contractors Board).
- A great way to correctly identify a legitimate arborist is to ask for identification (arborist ID, business card with business license, drivers license, etc.). Look for an ISA Certified Arborist credential (International Society of Arboriculture).
- Require a written contract agreement.
- Do not pay cash. Walk in or call the office and pay with your credit card or a check.
- Check for proper equipment that appears well-maintained and a truck identified with their logo and contact information.
It is rare that a legitimate tree trimmer will just happen to knock on a door for work. Be aware of anyone offering their service door to door that doesn’t have any printed materials or offers an unusually low price and only accepts cash. If you aren’t sure what a fair price is, get multiple estimates from reputable companies.
Also, being pressured to say yes to the service in a hurry can also indicate that you are being scammed. Take the time to do your research. Quality is important when it comes to tree service. A poor pruning or trimming can damage your trees.
“Hiring a certified arborist will protect your trees and your money,” says Richardson.
Again, do your research (check with the Better Business Bureau and/or company website).