Do you have a tree needing removal and can’t do it yourself? You will have to resort to a looking for tree service in Long Island  to do it for you. Getting the right service company to do it is not as easy as you may think. The Better Business Bureau listed the tree service and removal business as having the sixth highest complaints. There are many crooks and second rate workmen who have invaded the industry. How do you get the right one in this setting?

Licensing and insurance

Alarm bells should set off if you come across a business that is not registered. This does not make a difference if it is a tree company, cesspool service, or whatever. That is a pointer that you cannot recourse to the law in case anything goes wrong. If a business cannot take the time to get registered it means they will look for ways to shortcut your work too.

Ask about insurance too. Tree removal is never a sure science. Sometimes the tree will land somewhere unexpected and do damage on people or property. A business without insurance is unlikely to compensate you for any damage. This is something you should really ask to see before anyone gets working.


Tree removal services are not equal. Some have better skills and equipment. Does the service have a certified arborist? If the business has an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, so much the better. The business should be accredited by the Tree care industry Association.  Will the service be done near utility lines like power lines? If so, make sure the service company has the necessary paperwork.

Equipment and manpower

Ask to have someone make an assessment of the work in question and observe the professionalism. Consider the equipment at hand. You can gauge if the company is overpromising by assessing the equipment and the work at hand. The company should in the minimum show possession of safety gear, cutting gear and disposal equipment.

You can also gauge professionalism by looking at the state of the equipment. Is it well taken care of and arranged properly? How is the state of the office and staff? Does the staff look presentable? If you encounter shabbiness in any of these issues get then probably it is not the best company to handle your job.

BBB registered

The Better Business Bureau is a very good source on the reliability of businesses. Check whether the service company is registered with BBB and whether there are any complaints against the business. If so, how were the complaints handled?


Depending on where the tree to be serviced or removed is, check whether the company has the necessary experience to work in the setting. The Long island tree service company you choose should show referrals on work they have done. Is their experience residential or commercial?  Confirm with the referrals on the quality of workmanship by the service company, and the general work ethos of the company.

Work practices

Some practices should discourage you. Trees that are just being trimmed and not removed should be left as healthy as possible. Some practices such as climbing with spikes damage the tree. Some companies will also take a shortcut by topping (cutting of the top) large trees. This could make the tree stunt and wither away.

Consider costs

Tree removal Long Island costs vary depending on the task at hand. Removal companies will ask for a range $150-$1500. Tree limb costs are $50-$75. Stump removal will cost $60-$350, while tree trunk removal will cost $50-$100.

If a whole tree needs removal, is the company giving you a total quote for the whole job? Split costs could cost you much for a larger than average tree.

Price quotes

To ensure that you get the best value, consider at least 3 price quotes from different companies.  The cheapest quote may not necessarily be the best. There are other issues to consider; does the price include hauling away brush? Will the debris be raked up? What happens to the larger parts? What will be done to the stump? Will trimming be on all limbs or just the dead?

Avoid price quotes that are too low. If the contractor is below average, the contractor will be looking for a quick kill by doing a shoddy job. Also avoid door to door contractors. Doing spur of the moment price quotes is a pointer to unprofessionalism.


Like any other service job, ask for a contract from the contractor. Ensure that the terms you negotiated on the price quote are on the contract. Insist on a written contract to protect yourself.  Avoid doing any substantial deposit before the work begins. Terms of payment should be clear, the best terms being that payment will be done upon satisfactorily completing the job.

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