An elderly Basildon couple were recently robbed by thieves posing as tree surgeons, resulting in the loss of thousands of pounds of cash and jewellery. This sad story highlights the need to ensure that anyone that works on your property is qualified and accredited. If Tree Fella does not cover your area then here are a few things you should consider when choosing a reliable arborist:-
CHECK THEIR QUALIFICATIONS – Owning the right equipment doesn’t make you a qualified tree surgeon, it takes training and years of experience.
ASK TO SEE THEIR DOCUMENTS – Legitimate arborists will be happy to show you copies of their insurance papers, qualifications and professional memberships.
ASK FOR CLEAR DETAILS OF WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN – Get this in writing and remember to always enquire about insurance coverage and liability
DISCUSS THE QUOTE – Always ensure that VAT and the removal of debris is included within the quote, you don’t want to get caught out by any hidden costs
NEVER PAY IN CASH – Reputable companies tend to invoice rather than asking for cash.