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Selecting the right Tree Surgeon
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, whilst not the easiest solution, may seem like the best. It's certainly the cheapest option so asking "why not just do it myself?" is obviously a very valid question. There are numerous good reasons why hiring a professional tree surgeon is the better solution. The first thing to consider is 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 with a 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 and your property.
So as can be seen, for a safe and efficient job, tree surgeon professionals hold all the advantages.
Questions to Ask
So you've decided to hire an expert tree cutter. You're still being bombarded with adverts and businesses claiming to be the best, so where to start? Below are some of the questions you should ask when you call for a quote.
Is the tree surgeon you’ve chosen insured?
The most professional tree surgeons will be happy to show you their insurance credentials. These are essential where there’s potential risk to surrounding property. If a tree surgeon can't show proper insurance, chances are they aren't as professional as they seem.
Do they work to British standards?
If yes, ask which one. All professional tree surgery should be carried out to BS3998 standards. Our tree surgeon work is in line with British Standards 3998 and AFAG guidelines, as well as HSE regulations.
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.
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 that could happen to your property and the safety of those around you.
For your trusted tree surgeon call us on 01245 527 053 today!
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