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3 Tips to Hire A High-Quality But Affordable Tree Service

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Affordable Tree Care Doesn't Require Compromising on Quality

As a tree service provider in Seattle, Blooma Tree Experts understand the importance of balancing affordability with quality. Hiring a tree service contractor that can meet your objectives & budget can be a daunting task, but we’re here to guide you through it. Obviously, we're partial to our own services and believe we  can meet these three recommendations below for you -- but this will work in any city across the country, even if you don't live in the Greater Seattle Area.

Below are three key strategies to help you find an affordable tree service contractor without compromising on the quality of work.

1. Request an Upfront, Written Quote

The first step in hiring an affordable tree service contractor is to request an upfront, written quote. A reputable company will typically send out an ISA-Certified Arborist for a complimentary consultation. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss your needs and get professional advice.

But here’s the crucial part: ensure the arborist provides a written job scope, not just a verbal quote. This written document should detail their recommendations and the total cost. It serves as a clear contract between you and the service provider, ensuring that there are no surprises or misunderstandings. Review this job scope in detail and don’t hesitate to ask questions. This ensures that the work you expect aligns with what will actually happen.

The point is to avoid getting half your objective completed with all of your budget. If one tree service quotes you $1,000 with a verbal scope that actually only meets half your needs, that's a much worse deal than a second tree service that quotes you $1,200, but has all of your scope written down clearly.

2. Inquire About the Arborist’s Compensation Structure

The second strategy involves understanding the arborist’s compensation structure. It’s essential to ask if the arborist is on a sales commission plan. Why does this matter? Arborists on commission might be more inclined to find as many services to sell you as possible. This could lead to unnecessary and costly work. To be clear, this isn't all arborists - there are plenty of high-quality arborists who are on commission.

But arborists who aren't on commission, like those at Blooma Tree Experts, are more freely able to act as your trusted advisors. They have no personal agenda to sell tree services you don’t need. These professionals are there to educate and inform you about the best ways to manage your trees. They will still present you with a range of options, but allow you to choose the solutions that best suits your budget and objectives.

3. Get Ahead of Tree Issues

Our final tip is to be proactive: get ahead of tree issues before they turn into emergencies. When you call in a contractor to do emergency tree services, such as dealing with a tree that has fallen during a storm, you'll end up facing a very high bill. This is due to emergency dispatch rates, overtime charges, and the need for heavier equipment than normal jobs.

Engaging in preventative tree care can save you a lot of money in the long run. Regular maintenance checks can identify potential problems, allowing for interventions that strengthen the tree’s structure. This proactive approach not only saves you money but also ensures the safety and health of your trees. And most arborist consultations are complimentary anyway! You don't have to spend money to get recommendations on how to stay ahead of major problem.


At Blooma Tree Experts, we believe in providing quality service that aligns with your budgetary needs. By following these three steps, you can hire a tree service contractor that offers both affordability and quality. Remember, taking the time to make informed decisions can lead to significant savings and better tree care in the long run.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our ISA-Certified Arborists, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help you manage your trees safely and affordably.

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