Congratulations to Scott Rushing for obtaining the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. We are now able to offer official Tree Risk Assessments to our customers.
1. What is a Tree Risk Assessment?
A tree risk assessment, in short, is a process used to determine the overall risk that a tree, or its parts, poses to potential targets (people, vehicles, buildings, other things of value or importance). All trees pose a potential risk of some level, but that doesn’t mean that every tree should be removed. Most trees risk levels are very low and often don’t need any immediate attention to eliminate risk. A tree risk assessment is used to determine which trees pose a threat by having a high likelihood of failure within a specified time frame.
2. Why is it important to have a Tree Risk Assessment done?
Preventative care is often the best course of action when dealing with trees in the urban landscape. As home owners or property managers, you can identify when trees have obvious defects or when they have completely died easily. As an International Society Arboriculture certified arborist with tree risk assessment qualifications, Classic City Arborists can identify the indicators of potential tree failure that would often go unnoticed. By scheduling tree risk assessments once every 8 to 12 months you can greatly reduce the likelihood of property damage or personal injury due to whole tree or tree part failures.
3. What’s the difference between an estimate and an assessment?
When we are called for an estimate, which is usually free of charge, the property owner/manager already has a list of items that they want pricing on. For example: Remove this tree… Raise this canopy… Grind this stump
In an assessment, the arborist must evaluate all trees on the property for potential risks which often takes much more time and requires more thorough examination on each tree. After assessing trees for risks, a report is written and mitigation options along with pricing are listed.
4. What will the assessment cost?
The most commonly asked questions in the tree care industry are what is wrong with my tree and how much is it going to cost me? As a home owner we understand that you want to retain as much money as possible while also maintaining a certain level of safety. At Classic City Arborists, we strive to serve our customers by being knowledgeable and professional regarding the services that we provide. Having said that, we must charge for our time in the field assessing trees for risk. In most cases we charge 100.00 per hour for tree risk assessments or a 75.00 dollar minimum charge.