are required to have years of experience, be knowledgeable, licensed,
insured and bonded. This not only protects your trees, it also insures
that they will have liability coverage for any damage to your property
or accidents to workers performing work on your trees. It also means
you can hold them accountable to perform work in manner which is
professional. If you hire someone who is not properly licensed and
insured you have left yourself open to unknown losses, permanent
damage and costs. Unfortunately, damage and accidents sometimes
do occur to licensed contractors who are not concerned about safety
and professionalism. These guys do exist.
licensed tree contractor should carry a hand held plastic card to
display when asked for license information. This card is provided
to him by the Contractors State Licensing Board. He is required
to display his or her license number on all advertisements, such
as business cards, yellow pages, newspaper advertisements and signs
on trucks, etc. If you don't see a license number anywhere, the
contractor most likely does not have a license. If the contractors
license is current, the card will have an expiration date, the company's
name, license number classification and say "Contractors State
License Board" with the California State Seal top-right.
A licensed tree contractor should have a bond of not less than
$10,000. He or she is required to have general liability coverage
and workers compensation. The licensed contractor should be willing
to provide this information to you upon request. Normally he or
she would call the insurance company and request a proof of insurance
certificate be sent to you by the insurance company. This certificate
will be dated (current), have the types of coverage and be made
out to you, with your name, address, phone number and/or fax number.
This is done so you know it is authentic and a legal document. This
paper work is never hand delivered by the contractor.