Is there a tree on your property that’s beginning to cause you a little too much grief? Perhaps it’s blocking the sunlight in your front room, or its looming uncomfortably close to your garage, or it looks as though it is dying and might fall into the road outside your house? Whatever the case, you need to hire a professional arborist.
And before you rush in and take on any old tree-lopper, we would recommend that you take the time to read this. The trouble is, anyone can say that they’re an arborist, however you should always check to see what qualifications they have before you do. The reality is that tree-lopping is an incredibly dangerous industry, and without the correct training and expertise, there are many things that can go wrong.
Let’s say for example that you find someone on Facebook and go ahead and hire them. You haven’t bothered to check whether they have the correct certification and insurance because they seem legit. They’ve been really nice and polite and seem to know what they’re talking about and after all, cutting down a tree can’t be that difficult, can it?
When You Make an Assumption, You Take a Risk
The trouble with that kind of assumption, is that is how mistakes are made. They might have the correct equipment, but when it comes to cutting down a large and terribly heavy tree next to your property, you have to take the necessary precautions. What if something goes wrong and that tree comes crashing through the roof of your garage and destroys your beloved car? Or worse, through the roof of your house, potentially causing harm to one of your family members?
It might seem a little extreme, though all you need to do is head onto YouTube to see the damage that poorly executed tree-lopping can cause. So, how do you go about finding a qualified arborist? Well, it’s simple! All you need to do is ask.
A Qualified Arborist Won’t Hide
The reality is that an AQF qualified arborist will have worked incredibly hard to secure their qualifications. When asked to present their qualifications they will be more than happy to do so. In fact, many reputable arborists expect to show their certification, particularly when it comes to insurance purposes. Tree lopping by professional arborists is the smarter way to go. This way you can rest assured that they have been fully trained to use their equipment safely and responsibly, that they’ve got the relevant insurance should anything go wrong (which is highly unlikely) and that the task will be carried out to the highest possible standard.
Even if an unlicensed tree-lopper is a friend or has been recommended by one, we would advise that you don’t take the risk. They might not have messed up a job just yet, but it would be your luck to be the first where something catastrophic goes wrong. You won’t be breaking the bank, hiring a reputable and reliable arborist, – and you’d certainly regret not paying that little bit extra if you found yourself with a giant tree hanging out your upstairs bathroom.