With so many tree surgeons popping up across London, it can be an absolute minefield trying to separate the good from the bad and the ugly.
Fortunately, help is hand thanks to this handy guide from South London Tree Surgery on choosing a tree surgeon.
Before you think we’re just going to rant and rave about how great we are – that’s what the rest of the website is for. Here, we’ll examine the factors you should consider when choosing tree surgeons in South London.
Location! Location! Location!
It might seem like an obvious place to start, but there’s no point in getting quotes and researching reviews if the company you’re looking at doesn’t serve your area.
The first step is to check out their service areas page or include your local area in your search when looking online.
If South London-based, try whittling down the options to your local vicinity rather than ‘South London’ – instead, try searching smaller areas such as Croydon, Crystal Palace, Bromley, Bexley, Clapham or Richmond.
You can use the same logic for specialised tree services such as planting or stump removal. Check if a tree company offers the required service before wasting time getting them to conduct a site visit.
Once you’ve narrowed your shortlist to a few select tree surgeons, it’s time to get some quotes together.
You should be able to source a consultation on the project and a full breakdown of the quotation free of charge, but don’t feel pressured into accepting the first one you get.
Different tree surgeons may recommend that you tackle the project using alternative methods, so consider this when comparing quotes, as they may not be like for like.
Qualifications and Insurance
Unfortunately, cowboys and rogue traders operate in every industry, and the tree surgery business is no different.
Thorough training and qualifications are essential for tree work due to the inherent danger surrounding the industry.
With that in mind, it’s vital to check whoever you hire is qualified and competent to complete the task required.