Hidden Costs of Using Unqualified Tree Surgeons

Artemis Tree Services is ARB Association approved, meaning our tree surgeons are fully trained and qualified.

It’s important to keep an eye out for the ARB Association accreditation when choosing a tree surgeon. Some unqualified tree surgeons may quote a lower price but their potential lack of skills and training may mean you end up paying more down the line through hidden costs, issues and damage repairs.

And it’s not just money you should be worried about. Performing tree surgery without the recommended training or qualifications is dangerous — for you, for them and for the tree.

In this article, we’ll go into further detail about why choosing an unqualified tree surgeon is never the right choice.

 

Fines for illegal works

One of the most important aspects of training is recognising which trees can and cannot be cut down. Many trees across the UK are protected, meaning that permission is required from your local council to perform any tree works on them.

You could be hit with a hefty fine if you hire someone to perform works on a protected tree. These fines can run into tens of thousands of pounds. You can find out more about protected trees and how to identify them in our article.

Further tree works needed

The quality of work from an unqualified tree surgeon is likely to be considerably inferior to work carried out by a qualified and experienced professional. An unqualified tree surgeon may leave trees unstable or cause damage that subsequently needs more work to resolve the problem. Using unqualified tree surgeons can result in having to pay for another round of tree surgery from qualified professionals to rectify damage or hazards caused by the preceding work.

Damage to your home

Cutting trees is a meticulous task that requires extensive knowledge and experience. Simply cutting a tree in the wrong place could cause the tree or branches to fall onto surrounding property, fencing and driveways. There is also the potential for unqualified tree surgeons to cause damage to a neighbour’s property that then requires a significant amount of money to put right. 

Get a quote

A good quality tree surgeon will always provide a written quote after assessing the tree work that needs doing. Professional tree surgeons will not ask to be paid up front. Always make sure tree work has been completed to a standard you are happy with before paying for the job. 

Are professional tree surgeons fully insured?

Public liability insurance isn’t a legal requirement, so unqualified tree surgeons may opt not to have it to keep their overheads down. Whilst this means they can keep their costs lower, they won’t be covered if they injure a third party or damage property and you could end up having to foot the bill.

Professional, qualified tree surgeons are far more likely to have insurance. Artemis Tree Services is fully covered by £10M Public Liability (£5M + £5M excess layer), £10M Employers Liability, and £5M Professional Indemnity insurance.

 

Never sacrifice quality — always look for the ARB Association accreditation. Artemis Tree Services are award-winning contractors working throughout North London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We offer a variety of services undertaken by qualified professionals to keep your trees, bushes and shrubbery healthy. 

Get a free estimate today and find out how we can help you.

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Paul

I thought the Artemis team were absolutely brilliant. From coming to quote , prompt , and cutting back 2 oak trees they did a highly Professional and excellent job.... I thought the Artemis team were absolutely brilliant. From coming to quote , prompt , and cutting back 2 oak trees they did a highly Professional and excellent job.

3 days ago

Jill, Pinner

Efficient, thorough. Listened to what we wanted and carried out expertly. All v neat and tidy. Good job all round....

1 week ago

J M

Thank you Artemis for your excellent tree surgery work as part of ongoing maintenance over many years. The garden poses problems, but as ever the team were cheerful, efficient and everything was carri... Thank you Artemis for your excellent tree surgery work as part of ongoing maintenance over many years. The garden poses problems, but as ever the team were cheerful, efficient and everything was carried out exactly as planned. I shall continue to recommend Artemis.

2 weeks ago

Green hill housing

we have had work done with them and they do a wonderful job, from start to finish everything was perfect again, not a leaf leaf left behind, workmen were polite and professional.... we have had work done with them and they do a wonderful job, from start to finish everything was perfect again, not a leaf leaf left behind, workmen were polite and professional.

2 weeks ago

Jan

Artemis took down two lime trees who's roots had damaged the garage floor and were an inch away from the foundations of the house . The trees were in a very awkward place to get to but this didn't see... Artemis took down two lime trees who's roots had damaged the garage floor and were an inch away from the foundations of the house . The trees were in a very awkward place to get to but this didn't seem to trouble this highly competent team. The team were extremely well equipped , and they worked together like a well oiled machine. We were delighted with their work, tidiness and very pleasant manner. And it was at a fair price.

1 month ago

David Pooley

Excellent value, great work on a terrible day...good lads!...

1 month ago

Diana Stuckey

Excellent service with experienced people who did an excellent job of pruning my tree. Would definitely use them again....

2 months ago

Jonathan

Martin and Luke arrived on time They were polite and did the job to my total satisfaction and cleared up Took the time they said it would when they arrived Well done!... Martin and Luke arrived on time They were polite and did the job to my total satisfaction and cleared up Took the time they said it would when they arrived Well done!

2 months ago

Phil

Very professional job. The man in charge was excellent. Did the job exactly as we wanted it. Would highly recommend....

3 months ago

Anonymous

I have used Artemis a number of times and always feel confident that they offer an excellent service all the way through from the first visit to the final clearing up. They are knowledgeable, profess... I have used Artemis a number of times and always feel confident that they offer an excellent service all the way through from the first visit to the final clearing up. They are knowledgeable, professional and friendly. They do great job and I would highly recommend.

3 months ago

Anonymous

Friendly staff. Work carried out efficiently. Left the area clean and tidy. Would definitely recommend Artemis....

3 months ago

Chris

Artemis are very efficient, knowledgeable, professional and easy to deal with....

4 months ago

David

This was the first time we have used Artemis, and the whole process from initial enquiry through to completion was very easy. We would definitely recommend their services, and will be using them again... This was the first time we have used Artemis, and the whole process from initial enquiry through to completion was very easy. We would definitely recommend their services, and will be using them again I'm sure.

4 months ago

Natasha

Fantastic service from your team at Artemis. We needed a tree in our garden heavily crowned, having let it grow far too tall. We couldn’t be happier with the work done; the team were so professional, ... Fantastic service from your team at Artemis. We needed a tree in our garden heavily crowned, having let it grow far too tall. We couldn’t be happier with the work done; the team were so professional, really lovely and left our garden tidier than it was before they arrived. We won’t hesitate to recommend Artemis to anyone needing tree work done

5 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service from first quote to final job. Very good communications and reminders so I knew exactly when they were arriving. Polite and hard working team who cleared up perfectly. Would definite... Excellent service from first quote to final job. Very good communications and reminders so I knew exactly when they were arriving. Polite and hard working team who cleared up perfectly. Would definitely recommend.

5 months ago

Ajay Lal

Efficient and effective service. On site team were polite and ensured the site was left clean and tidy....

5 months ago

Anonymous

From approval for the pruning to tidying up after they left, the team has been impeccably professional, pleasant and kind....

5 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service. Punctual and extremely professional manner in which they carry out their work. Really happy with the work done . Would definitely use the company again.... Excellent service. Punctual and extremely professional manner in which they carry out their work. Really happy with the work done . Would definitely use the company again.

5 months ago

Terry

We have been using Artemis Tree Services for many years now and have just had our annual tree and shrub maintenance visit. Wonderful job as usual. The garden now looks great thanks to a very hard work... We have been using Artemis Tree Services for many years now and have just had our annual tree and shrub maintenance visit. Wonderful job as usual. The garden now looks great thanks to a very hard working and knowledgable team. Thanks again, see you next year.

6 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service from start to finish. Clear quotes, no jargon, prompt responses to queries and arrived on time. A large tree was expertly removed and recycled. The very professional and pleasant tea... Excellent service from start to finish. Clear quotes, no jargon, prompt responses to queries and arrived on time. A large tree was expertly removed and recycled. The very professional and pleasant team even removed the leaves from the lawn. Thoroughly recommend! Very reasonable pricing also. No hidden extras.

6 months ago

David Lynn

The team arrived on time, carried out all the requested work and left our garden neat and tidy. The tree work was as planned , we are very pleased and would recommend the company with no hesitation.... The team arrived on time, carried out all the requested work and left our garden neat and tidy. The tree work was as planned , we are very pleased and would recommend the company with no hesitation.

7 months ago