BBB Warns Of Yard Clean Up After Storms

The Better Business Bureau warns citizens to be cautious when hiring a tree or handy man service after storms.

When door-to-door workers offer services to clean up after storms hit the panhandle, be sure to ask questions and make sure they have their door-to-door permit. You are able to check all solicitors at

Ask if they will perform their work according to industry standards, which can be found here. If a company mentions “topping a tree,” “lion’s tailing,” or talks of using climbing spikes to prune a tree, they do not follow industry standards.

Take the following steps to assure the business is credible:

  • Get more than one estimate and take time to shop
  • Ask if the company has certified arborists on staff. You can check for certification by the International Society of Arboriculture here.
  • Make sure that the company has current liability insurance, as well as workers compensation insurance. Ask for certificates of insurance if necessary.
  • Be sure to require a written contract agreement with anyone that you choose to hire. Make certain that the contract has their name, address, license number (if applicable), and phone number. A copy of the contract should be given to you. Don’t assume a tree stump removal is included if it is not specified.
  • Do not pay until you are 100% satisfied with the job. Pay only when the job is complete.
  • Don’t be pressured to make an immediate decision. Check for more information on companies.

Be aware of tree services that:

  • Are vague about formal arborist credentials
  • Have no printed materials, letterhead, bid forms, etc.
  • Only accept cash payments or ask for payments up front
  • Offer unusually low prices at first
  • Pressure for an immediate decision
  • Claim that your home is unsafe
  • Offer a discount to find other customers