How to hire a tree service

    Tree damage in Redmond (Photo: Paula Kartchner)

    Winter winds are tough on the trees.

    After a big storm, you may find yourself needing to hire a tree service. You want to get several bids, if possible, but there may not be time for that.

    "Even if you're in a rush, you really still have to do your homework when choosing one of these companies,” said Kevin Brasler, executive editor at "Tree care work, even if the tree has fallen across your yard, is still dangerous work. You want to make sure you're hiring a company that has proper insurance – worker's compensation insurance to protect its employees and liability insurance to protect you and your property.”

    Remember: Before any work begins, get a written contract.

    "Even if you don't have time to get bids, even if you only have one company that's available to do the work, get their price in writing and get in writing what they're going to do, so there's no misunderstanding when it's all done,” Brasler said,

    Finally, don't hire a tree service that just shows up at your door. And never pay for the job up front, Brasler cautions. You pay when the job is done.

    More Info: General advice on choosing a tree service is a non-profit, subscriber-based consumer rating service which takes no advertising and accepts no money from companies they rate.

    As a courtesy to KOMO listeners and readers, the link Checkbook’s ratings of 58 tree care services in the Puget Sound area will be available using this special link through Feb. 13. 2019.

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