You Should Know
IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONFIRM WHEN AQUIRING QUOTES FOR TREE WORK
Who owns the tree when it needs to be removed? Some trees are worth money. Although seldom worth more than the cost of removal, the value of the logs can influence the bottom line, especially in species like Black Walnut, Sugar Maple, Cherry, and Oak. Firewood is seldom worth more than the cost of removal, and sometimes costs more to haul away than it is worth. So be sure you have a clear understanding with your contractor as to who owns the logs when they are removed.
Also be sure who owns the tree if it’s close to a property line. Be sure to have this settled before you call the contractor. Check with your city what the ownership laws are for property line trees. Laws are fairly standard but can vary somewhat from city to city.
Here is where most of the misunderstandings occur. When you get a quote for stump removal, be sure to have a clear understanding of what exactly you are getting for that price. Some companies will grind to just below turf, some to six inches below turf, others to eight inches, etc,. Then there’s the cleanup issue. If the contract says cleanup included, does it mean the grindings will all be gone, or only what is outside the hole, or does it include fresh topsoil and grass seed? Any of these and more are correct, but remember to be sure about those details when comparing quotes, be sure you are comparing apples to apples. Note also that the man that does the quote is not always the man that grinds the stump, so it doesn’t hurt to follow up and make sure you got what you ordered. This applies to any company with more than one person.
Be sure you are not left on the hook when something goes wrong. Check with your contractor that he does have insurance, both for property and for personnel. Take note that in tree service WSIB is not required by law. So be sure the contractor has personnel coverage otherwise. Don’t be shy to ask for proof of insurance!
Beware also of the drive-by “do-it-yourselfer” who offers to pick up the wood for free! Remember that if he gets hurt on your property while loading wood, you may be liable.