If you are looking for competitive bids on tree work – you need to know a few things about the tree care industry. First, you should know that the majority of tree care companies understand very little about trees. They are in the market for tree removal only and make their money by cutting down trees. Second, you should understand that most of the tree removal and trimming industry base their pricing on the marketplace. That is, pricing is based on what the other company charges. Remember, cheaper isn’t always the best choice. Third, you cannot get competitive quotes if you do not ask the right questions. You need to know what, how and why you will be having your tree removed or pruned. What obstacles might prohibit successful completion of the work? What is the access to the site? How big is the tree? Can it be felled in one piece or will it need to be sectioned out? Will a crane be used or will the tree be climbed? If pruning, How many and which branches will be cut and where on the tree will it be cut from? Are ISA Certified Arborists going to perform or supervise the work?
Professional tree service contractors should all be giving you a very competitive bid if they are all bidding to the same set of specifications and are performing the work according to industry standards. If the person you are speaking with does not know what the ANSI safety and pruning standards are, then move on to the next company! Always check that your tree company is properly licensed, bonded and insured in your state to protect yourself and your property.