Why You Shouldn’t Hire an Unlicensed Tree Care Company
If you are thinking that you will save a few dollars by hiring an unlicensed tree care company, you might want to rethink that idea. As a homeowner if you hire an unlicensed contractor to perform, your tree work you expose yourself to liability for injuries that employees of the contractor suffer or damage that is done to property other than your own – bottom line that unlicensed tree care company could own your home tomorrow.
You have a lot at stake – the appearance of your property, personal safety, integrity, and money, so you had better make sure that you aren’t putting any of it at risk. Consumers mistakenly think that paying a tree care company under the table is going to save them money. That may or may not be true, but the problem runs much deeper. In addition, the liability risk you face, it’s important to realize that more often than not, unlicensed tree care companies don’t provide services at the level of the professional tree care companies.
When you hire an unlicensed tree care company, you have no recourse if you are not happy with their services or if they damage your property. The few dollars you might save compared to the major dollars you risk losing if something goes wrong, simply aren’t worth the risk.
Any time you are hiring a tree care company you should ask their credentials, professional affiliations, certifications, licensed, whether they are a member of the Better Business Bureau and whether they are insured. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof.
You want this to be a simple process – you hire a tree care company, they do the work, you pay, and it’s done. The last thing you want is to find yourself in the middle of litigation because you hired an uninsured contractor and someone got hurt. It’s just not worth the risk.