All tree removal service providers are unique, but there are several things you should be able to expect from any tree removal company you consider working with. Here are a few things you should be able to expect in some form:
An Initial Onsite Visit
The company you hire should want to come to your property and check out the tree that you want removed before agreeing to do any work for you. An onsite consultation visit will give your service provider an opportunity to see exactly what work needs to be done, whether any special accommodations will be necessary, and if heavy equipment will be needed.
They will be able to determine whether they can accomplish all the work that needs to be done themselves or whether they will need to outsource some of the work to another service provider for any reason. They will also be able to give you an idea of how long it will take to get the tree removal work completed for you.
A Follow-Up Proposal
After the initial consultation visit, you can expect your service provider to present you with a proposal for the work you want done that includes specific services to be rendered and exact fees for each service. From there, you can negotiate to exclude certain services you do not want to pay for and to come to an agreement for the full price of the services overall. You may even be able to negotiate a payment plan for the services if you can't pay for them all at once. This will ensure that you know exactly what to expect both in terms of service and payment.
Other Possible Service Options
There are a few additional service options that your service provider may offer that can make the process of getting a tree in your yard removed even easier. For example, if permits are necessary to remove a tree, the contractor might be able and willing to head to the county permit office and obtain the necessary permits for you. They may also offer to officially notify neighbors of the work they will be doing before any work begins.
Mulching or chipping of leftover tree branches might be available, which can be convenient for homeowners who use mulch in their gardens. Coordination with power and cable services and after-hours work scheduling may also be available. These services should only be offered if they are required to ensure that you do not end up spending more on your services than is necessary.