Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 518, Fairfax, Va 22035

Brian Keightley,
Division Director, Urban Forest Management

How to Hire an Arborist or Tree Care Company

A tree in front of a houseA qualified arborist or tree care company can help you decide how to best care for your trees or when a tree should be cut down. Use these guidelines to help you find an arborist or tree care company.

Who to Hire

  • Check for membership in professional organizations, such as the International Society of Arboriculture, the Tree Care Industry Association or the American Society of Consulting Arborist.
  • Look for companies that employ certified arborists.
  • Ask for proof of insurance. This includes personal and property damage insurance, as well as worker's compensation insurance.
  • Beware of individuals who go door-to-door offering bargains.

What to do Before Hiring

  • Get more than one estimate and do not always accept the lowest bid.
  • Make sure you get everything in writing and read the contract carefully. Does the contract cover everything promised?
  • Find out who is responsible for disposing of the entire tree, including limbs and debris. Will the stump be removed?