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7 Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Tree Removal Service in Kansas City

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

It's that time of the year to make your yard look great and complete preventative maintenance. The trees near your home can be beautiful additions, but sometimes they need to go.

If you think you've found the perfect tree removal service in Kansas City, make sure you ask some key questions before hiring them.

Well manicured trees and lawn
Well maintained trees can add so much to your landscape!

1. What Equipment and Vehicles Will You Bring?

Each tree removal service will have their own various tools and vehicles. Some companies have big trucks or wood chippers. 

Most reputable tree removal contractors will contact the utility companies to mark where important lines run. You can be a good neighbor by letting residents near you know big trucks are coming.

Ask the company if you'll need to make any accommodations regarding space or parking.

2. Do You Have Insurance?

Accidents can happen at any time, especially when dealing with machinery. You will have to pay the cost for any damages if the tree company doesn't have insurance.

Check to see if the company has workers' compensation insurance, too. A fallen tree branch could hurt one of their workers. Don't get stuck paying for their hospital bills.

If the tree company can't give you a definitive answer about insurance, do not hire them. You are exposing yourself to various lawsuits and litigation.

3. What Experience Does the Company Have?

Always find out how long the company has been in business. Ask how long they've been in the area. Some shady companies will move from town to town doing quick and cheap jobs, but not fixing any possible mistakes.

Since most businesses fail in the first five years, a business that is established means customers are happy with the service.

4. What's the Timeline for the Tree Removal Service?

The amount of time it takes to cut down a tree will vary greatly depending on its size. A reputable company should be able to give you a price and timeline after seeing the tree. You should know when the project is expected to end. Don't let a company drag their feet or extend the deadline without real cause. If possible, try and get commitments on paper.

As a paying customer, you deserve to know when you will have a finished yard. In some situations, a homeowners' association might be requesting updates on the completion date. 

Stay in touch with the owner or manager to get constant updates and provide some motivation occasionally. 

5. Do You Offer Other Services?

The best tree companies are also the most diverse. See if the tree removal service also takes care of trimming or stumps.

Ask if the tree removal includes getting rid of the stump, too. If it's not included, see if there's a package deal for getting both.

Are there trees that need a few branches cut? Make the choice to do some cosmetic and preventative maintenance while meeting with the tree removal company. Your yard will be the envy of the block.

6. Can You Provide References?

A truly reputable company in any industry can provide references when asked. Ask for a list of past or repeat customers with contact information. 

The better option would be to speak with people who have used the tree removal company previously. A personal friend will give you the unfiltered truth about the entire process.

Do yourself a favor and check online reviews and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to get an entire range of feedback. The BBB lets users file complaints. Businesses can then take action and respond accordingly.

7. Do You Clean the Mess?

Few things are worse than having a tree cut down and a bunch of debris left on the front lawn. 

The most efficient companies will provide a cleaning process for you to vet. Before the crews leave, give a quick glance over the area. Don't be shy about making the workers pick up sticks or debris that have fallen.

If a company brings a woodchipper, then it's possible you could have the company create some mulch for you.

Whether you want an entire clean up or some logs left for firewood, make sure the tree removal company puts the details in writing.

Time to Cut the Trees!

Making sure you ask the right questions to a tree removal service puts you closer to cutting down dead and annoying trees. Finding the right Kansas City tree removal company will make your yard beautiful and safe.

If you're ready to hire the tree removal experts, or if you're facing an emergency,  contact us for a quick response.

Call us today at 816.922.9090

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