The founder of Affordable Arborists, Inc., Scott Romandetta is a family man who understands just how important your property is in
building a safe and enjoyable future for your loved ones. He is a New
Jersey Certified Tree Expert, ISA Certified Arborist and a Licensed Certified
Scott understands the importance of quality property care and prides himself
on his honest business model: Treat the clientele and property no matter
residential or commercial as his own and always be fair. Many can make
this claim but a solid client base accumulated over a 20 year period where
approximately 90% of our clients are repeats or referrals speaks for itself!
Why hire an Arborist?
Did you know that New Jersey State Law now requires
that each Tree Service Company has at least one
Licensed, Certified Tree Expert on staff?
For your protection make sure you get proof before you hire any company!
Trees and shrubs are not just beautiful decorations for your property.
They are living breathing entities that require yearly care and maintenance
to keep them healthy and safe. It takes a professional Arborist, one who
is trained in the art and science of tree care through experience and
by passing a comprehensive examination as well as keeping up with their
continuing education to optimally understand their complex dynamics and
help them live up to their full potential as well as your expectations.
If a problem arises, who better than a qualified State Certified Tree
expert to both diagnose and properly treat the problem!
Using unqualified and poorly trained tree care practitioners can lead to
increased maintenance, significant liability, not to mention an unhealthy
plant. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous
work. Tree work should be done only by those trained, qualified and equipped
to work safely in trees. Did you know that well-cared for landscaped properties
are 5-20% more valuable than non-landscaped ones! Keep this in mind, improper
tree and shrub care can take many years to correct itself and, in some
cases, it can never be corrected. Are you willing to take that risk with
your valuable investment?
How do I hire a Certified Arborist and what questions should I ask?
Ask for proof of insurance as well as the phone number of their insurance
company. A reputable Arborist carries personal and property damage insurance
as well as workers compensation insurance on all of their employees. Many
home owners have had to pay out large amounts of money for damages caused
by uninsured individuals claiming to be tree experts.
You could be held responsible for damages and injuries that occur as a
result of the job.
- Don’t always accept the lowest bid. The old adage that you get what
you pay for applies! You should examine the credentials as well as the
contract of the companies that you have received estimates from. Take
into consideration the best combination of work to be done, skill, licensing,
price, proper insurance and professionalism to protect your substantial
- Keep in mind that good arborists will perform only accepted practices as
noted in proper ANSI guidelines. For example, practices such as topping
a tree, removing an excessive amount of live wood, using climbing spikes
on trees that are not being removed, and removing or disfiguring living
trees without just cause are unnecessary. Proper practices are meant to
protect both the plant as well as the property owner.
- Get it in writing! Most reputable arborists have their clients sign a contract.
Be sure to read the contract carefully including the fine print so everyone
is on the same page. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, a professional
is always happy to answer any that you have without hesitation and do
what they say they will.
- Check for New Jersey State Certified Tree Expert license as well as ISA
Arborist Certification. Certified Arborists are experienced professionals
who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care.
- Be wary of individuals who go door to door and offer bargains for performing
tree work. Many reputable companies are too busy to solicit work in this
manner. Don’t rush into any decisions and try asking friends and
family members who they have used and are satisfied with.
- Check for membership in professional organizations such as the International
Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA),
or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA). Such membership
demonstrates a willingness on the part of the arborist to stay up to date
on the latest techniques and information.
- Always ask for references and follow up to find out where the company has
worked before and if the customers were pleased with the service they received.
* Check out our RESOURCES page for more information on this subject *
as well as sites that list qualified arborists in your area!
So why should you hire an Affordable Arborist?
Because there's no better way to stay true to your roots!