Do homework before hiring tree service

Posted: Updated:

There are a lot of tree trimming companies doing business across the Valley.

They put flyers on the front door of homes and free estimate offers in driveways.

"Some of them put just a little card in a plastic bag and a rock," said Phoenix homeowner Rick Baker.

So how do you know which tree services are legit and which ones are little shady?

Consumer experts suggest:

  • Do your homework before a big tree comes crashing down in your front yard.
  • Get a referral from a friend or family member.
  • Make sure the company is licence, bonded and insured.
  • Check out the Arizona's Better Business Bureau website -to see how the company responds to complaints.

CBS 5 News did some research to find some of the best and worst rated tree services, according to the BBB.

The Valley companies that have received an F rating include:

  • 2 Idiots in a Tree in Chandler
  • E and J Tree Service in Apache Junction
  •  High Climbers Tree Removal Service in Phoenix
  • Treeworx in Maricopa
  • Arborlife Tree Care in Phoenix

Here's a look at the Tree Service companies that received an A-plus rating.

  • Branch Management Tree Service in Scottsdale
  • Tidy Tree Trimming in Phoenix
  • Tree Doctors in Gilbert
  • Broken Limb Landscaping Service in Peoria
  • Mountain Man Trees in Mes

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.