Do you tip tree trimmers?
Tree Service Introduction
Tree trimming is eventually one of the chores that any homeowner with trees on their property is faced with. When the job is too much for the homeowner, or if the entire tree needs to be removed, it’s time to call a professional tree service. With 300 billion trees in the United States, it’s no wonder that tree trimming will always be an in demand service.
Licensed tree service companies employ skilled arborists who will trim trees and remove dead or storm damaged trees. Tree cutters also offer stump removal which, if you want the stump gone, is a job best left for the professionals. Long gone are the days when a homeowner could go to the hardware store and buy dynamite for stump removal! Tree service companies use mechanized stump grinding solutions to remove the stump quickly. Beats having to do it yourself and breaking your back in the process.
Before you choose a tree service company to trim your trees, you should do three things. First, you should get at least 3 quotes to ensure you get a good price. Quotes for this kind of work can be all over the place. Shopping around will let pays off! Second, ensure that the company you use is licensed and insured. Third, make sure that the workers the company is using are actually trained arborists who are themselves ensured. A lowball offer from an unlicensed and uninsured tree trimming company might seem atractive at first glance. The reality, though, is that using an uninsured fly by night company or handyman can become ruinously expensive if someone gets injured or worse on your property.
Do you need to tip tree trimmers?
No, tipping tree cutters is not required. Besides not being required, it’s also not customary to tip tree service workers so a tip will never be expected. Doing a good job is already included in the price of the tree trimming. If you do tip them, expect them to be surprised and of course grateful!
Expert tree trimmers are highly skilled workers who work in a relatively dangerous industry. No one tree is ever the same and each tree demands and professional approach to safely achieve the desired results. An arborist can never let their guard down on the job and you wouldn’t expect them to either, it’s why you hired a licensed and insured tree service company in the first place. Even so, there are many jobs that require both skill and have the risk of personal injury that are not tipped. Tree trimmers are one of those jobs where there’s no expectation to tip. Don’t feel bad, tree trimming services are expensive and their workers are paid well. An experienced arborist can earn $25 per hour or more while entry-level arborists average $15 per hour.
But I want to tip my tree cutters
If you want to tip your tree trimmers for especially good service or because of special situations, feel free to do so. They will appreciate the extra money.
If you do want to leave a tip, consider tipping $5 – $10 per day if there are 2 workers or $5 each if more than 2.
Instead of leaving cash, if the tree trimmers will be at your place all day, you could provide a cooler with some cold sodas and bottled water inside. Pizzas are also always welcome. If it’s cold outside, you could offer to bring them coffee.