Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Tree Service

July 29, 2019

There’s no question that hiring a tree service is a big decision. But with the number of so-called “tree experts” in Chicago, the last thing you want to do is end up making the wrong choice and being stuck with subpar work. Here are five mistakes to avoid as you go through this process. 

Hiring someone with little to no experience

We get it — everyone has to start somewhere in their line of work. But when it comes to tree care, you want someone who has been there and done that in the industry. Many homeowners don’t realize the level of damage that someone with minimal experience can do to a tree.

This is where the team at Pro Tree Service comes into play. With over 40 years of industry experience, it’s safe to say we know tree care inside and out. Don’t let someone trick you into thinking they’re legitimate just because they might have a truck with what looks to be reliable equipment — ask about their experience and then verify what they say with an online search.

Hiring someone without the proper licensing and insurance 

It’s one thing for a tree service to claim they’re backed by years of experience. It’s something entirely different, though, for them to be properly licensed and insured. This is important because if something goes awry when the workers are on your property and the company does not have the necessary certifications, you are the one who’s held liable.

Why risk having to be financially responsible for the actions of a shady tree service? At Pro Tree, we make it a point to tell customers that we are fully licensed, insured, and bonded to perform all service listed on our website. On top of that, we are screened and approved by Home Advisor.

Overlooking the importance of references

Let’s say you found a local tree service that has seemingly been around forever and maintains the proper licensing and insurance. You should go ahead and hire them immediately, right? Not so fast, as you will want to see what previous customers have to say about their work.

Here at Pro Tree Service, we suggest requesting references from each of the companies on your shortlist. While it may be unrealistic to expect five-star reviews from every single customer, you obviously don’t want to move forward with a tree service that has a trend of less-than-stellar reviews. Pro Tree Service is happy to provide references upon request.

Failing to get more than one estimate

This is a big one. We’ve come to realize over the years that homeowners are often intimidated by tree care in general. That said, when they come across what seems like a reliable tree service, they hire them without getting estimates from anyone else.

Do yourself a favor and talk with other companies about your tree removal or tree trimming project before making a decision on who to hire. Granted, you should probably steer clear of tree services that provide an estimate that seems too good to be true. Tree care companies that charge significantly less than their competition upfront may end up tricking customers with hidden fees and gimmicks in the end.

At Pro Tree Service, we encourage homeowners to shop around and get multiple estimates. Once you’ve done that, come back to us and ask about our Best Price Guarantee. Pro Tree promises to match or beat any reasonable, written estimate by 10%.

Hiring a company that only specializes in one service

We’re guessing you don’t want to hire one company to handle tree removal and a second company to trim several other trees. Pro Tree Service is proud to be Chicago’s one-stop-shop for all things tree-related. Ask us about our expertise related to tree removal, bush removal, stump removal tree trimming/pruning, and land clearing.  


As you can see, Pro Tree Service does more than simply trim and remove trees. Since day one, the customer has always been a top priority. You can count on us to walk you through the process from start to finish, answering any questions you may have.

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