Considerations When Hiring a Tree Care Company

Accreditation-logo_Hiring a qualified arborist or tree care company is critical to ensuring you get the best care possible.  Barrett Tree East would like to help care for your trees and find the right company that is the best fit for you. There is high demand for arboricultural services in Greater Boston and the surrounding suburbs. Knowing what to look for in a tree care company can help prevent disastrous results and provide the peace of mind that the individuals working on your trees are experienced professionals, properly equipped and knowledgeable about the standards and safe practices of arboriculture.  Here are a few considerations to help you become an informed consumer.

Is the company a member of professional organizations such as the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), or the Massachusetts Arborist Association (MAA)?

  • Membership in these organizations is voluntary, and shouldn't be required of a company; however, membership demonstrates a commitment to continuing education and a willingness to stay up-to-date.

Does the company employ Certified Arborists?

  • ISA Certified Arborists  and Massachusetts Certified Arborists are individuals  through education, experience and examination, who have  a demonstrated level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care . The employment of certified arborists demonstrates a commitment to quality.

Is the company an Accredited Tree Care Company?

  • TCIA Accredited companies are required to meet stringent criteria for professionalism, employee training, state and federal safety regulations, business ethics and consumer satisfaction. TCIA Accredited companies undergo comprehensive on-site audits of professional and business practices, aimed at safeguarding consumers.

Does the company have current workers compensation as well as personal and property damage insurance?

  • Reputable companies will provide current certificates of insurance. If an uninsured worker gets hurt on your property, you could be held liable.

Will the company provide a written proposal and define the specific scope of work? Who is responsible for the disposal of all limbs and debris? If a tree is being removed, will the stump be removed and cleaned up?

  • Make certain that the full scope of the work is defined and performed to industry standards.  Certified arborists and tree care professionals adhere to the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) A300 tree and woody ornamental pruning standards.

The International Association of Arboriculture certifies arborists worldwide.The questions above should provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your tree care needs. Remember, trees are an investment that if cared for properly can provide substantial returns. For more information please see the International Society of Arboriculture's "Why Hire and Arborist."

If you are interested in meeting with a Certified Arborist from BTSE, please contact us.