When winter hits Minnesota, there’s nothing quite as breathtaking as the sight of dazzling snow and ice blanketing the landscape and trees. But all of that precipitation and snow can weigh down branches, and if your trees need trimming, you risk damage to your roof, car, or property.


When it comes to choosing a tree trimming service, it’s important not to hire just anyone off the street. In our last post from Vital Tree Service, we offered advice for choosing a professional tree trimming and removal service. In this follow-up post, we’ll break down some of the main risks when hiring an unlicensed tree service.


Don’t take a chance with your home and property. Here are some of the main pitfalls you can run into when hiring an unlicensed contractor:

1.   Their Work is Subpar.

If you hire a licensed contractor, you can expect them to care for your trees the right way without damaging your home, landscape, or property. That’s because the right credentials are a guarantee that your contractors have the right training and experience to perform the job safely and correctly. Make sure the tree trimming service you’re hiring has full licensing and the right safety equipment. Our tree trimming professionals at Vital Tree have the right certifications to perform the job safely so you can rest easy.

2.   You Get Stuck Paying for Damage.

At Vital Tree Service, our liability and property damage insurance covers you in case something unexpected happens. Since tree branches can weigh hundreds of pounds, you need to be sure your contractor is well-insured before they begin work. Using an amateur tree trimmer might save you some money in the short term, but in the long run, it can cost you big if they’re not insured. Unlicensed contractors are frequently uninsured, and if your property or an individual becomes injured during their branch and tree removal, you may have trouble getting it covered.

3.   They Misrepresent Their Costs.

One of the most common complaints when working when an unlicensed contractor is that the final bill doesn’t match what was originally quoted. Make sure the contractor you hire gives you a complete written estimate and contract ahead of time. A good contractor will give you all of their contact information, dates, payment information, and project details in writing so you know exactly what to expect and can hold them to it.


When your trees need winter tree trimming service, don’t take a chance on hiring a contractor that sounds too good to be true. At Vital Tree Service, we’ll protect your property and home, and we fully stand behind our work with credentials, licensing, and reviews you can trust.


Whether your lawn requires tree removal, stump removal, trimming, or pruning, give us a call at 651-341-4021, or contact us online to schedule your tree trimming service today.