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Tree Trimming Scams

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Tree Trimming Scams

By Frances Burks, eHow Contributor

1.            Most people like getting a bargain, and unscrupulous tree trimmers know that. Tree-trimming scam artists usually claim to offer bargain rates for tree-trimming to get hired, then take their customers' money and leave the work undone. You can protect yourself from such scams by checking out a tree-trimming service before dealing with one. Trees, especially older ones, are a valuable part of your landscape. Therefore, it's worth hiring a reputable service to care for them.

Pressure Tactics

2.            A news story out of Ohio shows how it can pay off to check whether any complaints against a tree-trimming company have been filed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). A report by WHIO-TV in Dayton indicates workers from a tree-trimming company went door-to-door throughout an Ohio neighborhood offering special prices for trimming trees if people would pay in cash. One woman is said to have been pressured by a worker who led her to believe she had an unsafe tree that needed to be cut down. The same man is accused of threatening to report a dangerous tree limb to another woman's insurance company. According to WHIO, a check with the BBB turned up an "F" rating for the tree-trimming company.

Upfront Payments

3.            Some unsolicited tree-trimming offers have been reported as scams in Hawaii, where one man is accused of preying on senior citizens. KHON-TV in Honolulu reports on its website that the man faced theft charges following accusations that he solicited money from senior citizens for tree-trimming services that were never completed. One mistake that people are said to have made was paying the man up front. One woman asserts she made her payment and was told a tree-trimming crew was in her neighborhood and would come to her home, but they never arrived.

Avoiding Scams

4.            Don't hire tree trimmers who come to your home unsolicited. You have no way of knowing if they possess the skills needed to properly trim your trees. You also won't have time to check references if you hire workers on the spot, even if they do have the appropriate skills. Also, don't pay for services until the work is finished. If a tree-trimming company requires a deposit before beginning work, check with competitors to determine whether that's the norm in your area. Get a receipt if you do pay a deposit.

A+: Ardmore Tree Service:

 

Contact: MARK

2560 GLENRIDGE RD

EUCLID OH 44117

(216) 486-5551

(216) 486-0406 (fax)

 

A+: Highland Tree Service:

Contact: ANNETTE DOEHRMAN

8310 STONEY BROOK DR

BAINBRIDGE OH 44023

(440) 449-5654

(440) 834-8023 (fax)

 

A+: Browns Chip A-Way Tree Service:

 

Contact: TOM BROWN

EUCLID OH 44117

(216) 531-5858

(216) 481-7809 (fax)

 

A+: Morningstar Tree Service:

  • Contact: BILL MENGES
  • 15120 CROSS CREEK PKWY
  • NEWBURY OH 44065
  • (216) 691-6535
  • (440) 564-9200 (alt)
  • (440) 564-7980 (fax)

A+: ACORN Tree Service:

  • Contact: CLINT GALLMAN
  • 1408 E 300TH ST
  • WICKLIFFE OH 44092
  • (440) 944-1735

A+: Black Bear Tree Service: (only one with website)

  • Contact: BOB SKINNER
  • 6523 HILLSIDE RD
  • INDEPENDENCE OH 44131
  • (216) 642-4358
  • (216) 642-0597 (fax)
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