If you have never had to hire a tree surgeon before, it can be a daunting experience.  Many companies advertise their services and offer similar pricing options, so what do you need to keep in mind when choosing a tree surgeon?

What does the tree surgeon’s quote depend on?

For most of us the cost is an important factor.  Most companies will want to come in person to assess the job involved before they give you any estimate of the costs involved.  The cost any tree surgeon gives you will vary depending on the complexity of the project, the number of trees involved, the safety and ease of access to your property.  If the job will involve getting permission from a local council or having to organise road closures around your property, you might have to pay a premium for that.  Cutting trees that are larger, grow close to a property and require to be cut sectionally will cost more than removing small trees.

How many quotes should I get?

As with any other jobs, the advice is to get at least 2-3 quotes from different tree surgeons to compare.  Do ask if the quote is fixed and includes everything involved or if there is a possibility that you might end up with extra costs.  Beware of companies that give you a quote over the phone.  The chances are they will increase it when they get there or even worse, after they have done the job.

Should you go with the lowest quote?

Unfortunately it is not always as simple as that.  You need to be satisfied that the tree surgeon you are hiring has the experience and expertise to handle the job.  They need to know how to prune the trees in a correct way not to cause damage.  The most important issue, however, is that they have to keep you, your property and your neighbouring properties safe.  Ask for a copy of their insurance, professional certificate and references from similar projects.  A little time spent on this research can save you a lot of hassle if something was to go wrong.

Should I hire a local tree surgeon?

Local knowledge is important and a local company that you contact directly is more likely to be motivated to do a good job.  There is a number of tree surgery price comparison websites, which compare the quotes for you.  Sounds good in principle, In reality though, you talk to a call centre and have very little or no contact with the actual tree surgeons who will handle the job. Local tree surgeons survive on word of mouth, so doing a good job is vital for their survival.

Hopefully this information will help you choose the right tree surgeon for your project. Do your research and choose the tree surgery company that you can trust.  Remember that the cheapest quote does not always mean the best.  With tree surgery high levels of service and safety are as important as the cost.