Mar 23

How to hire an arborist


How to hire an arborist

  • “Tree specialists” often show up after storm events. Owning a truck and a chain saw does not automatically make someone a professional.  After the large storms, we saw a large number of people move into the area operating as  tree services.  Many of them did shoddy work and charged very high rates.

Consider the following suggestions when hiring individuals or companies for tree care work:

  • Beware of people knocking on doors offering to work on trees.  Established arborists do not go door to door.
  • Make sure they have insurance for personal and property damage and worker’s compensation. Ask them to show you paperwork.
  • Ask for references.
  • If time permits, obtain cost estimates from several arborists. Get written estimates.
  • Don’t pay for anything until EVERYTHING agreed upon is completed.
  • Be prepared to wait for many weeks for the work to be done.
  • Make sure you know whether the work includes removal of the tree/branch or just the felling.
  • Does the price include stump removal?
    • Ideally should be ISA, AA, QAA or national arborist association member (demonstrated level of skill       and credibility).

Don’t be pressured into making a decision.Taking the time to select a qualified professional can safeguard your trees and save you from the long-term consequences of wrong decisions about what to do about them after a storm.


evergreen tree care

nick smith

0414 815 688

henk morgans

0432 920 715

55 Hill end Terrace

West End Qld 4101



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