Selecting the Right Arborist for the Job
When choosing an arborist, it is important to hire a company you can trust. We recommend that you:
• Don't assume, but verify the credentials of your Arborist (International Society of Arboriculture) Verify Your Arborist is ISA Certified
• Verify your arborist is a contractor currently licensed with the CSLB (Contractors State License Board) WWW.CHECKTHELICENSEFIRST.COM and that the company is fully Insured (with general liability insurance, workers comp, commercial Auto, etc).
• Check for any necessary permits before your arborist performs any tree work.
• Verify the arborist is reputable, check references and reviews.
• Don't always accept the low bid.
• Get it in writing.
Do Your Homework Before Hiring an Arborist
Be wary of individuals who go door to door offering bargains for performing tree work. Most of the time reputable companies are too busy to solicit work in this manner. Another common occurrence is a crew accompanying the "estimator" and offering to do the job right now. Check their credentials. It is common these companies are not certified, licensed, or insured. A good arborist will only perform accepted practices. Examples of unaccepted practices include:
• Topping a Tree without Cause
• Removing an Excessive Amount of Live Wood (Such as Lion-Tailing)
• Using Climbing Spikes (Except for Removals, Aerial Rescue and in Other Special Circumstances)
• Removing or Disfiguring Living Trees without Cause