1. They have no California State Contractor License number and cannot be located on the state's web site.
2. Their large commercial trucks have no commercial registration number on the doors.
3. They cannot present proof of workers compensation insurance (somebody's insurance is going to pay).
4. No written estimate with letterhead is available.
5. Routine written estimates are not completely free of charge if you decline the work.
6. No International Society of Arboriculture certified arborists are employed with the company.
7. They are willing to "top" trees without extraordinary circumstances, "carrot top" palms, or remove major roots or branches without specific arborist supervision.
8. Workers don't have safety equipment.
9. They can't take checks or credit cards.
10. The climber who is to perform the work cannot explain to you the reasoning behind his methods.
11. They don't routinely answer or return phone calls.
12. They require some payment prior to the completion of all work.
13. Nobody has ever heard of them in a city known for its trees.
Bud's has been a Sacramento neighbor since 1968 and we've never refused to answer a question or give free advice. There's no reason to be uninformed and put yourself at risk. Trees are a joy but they can, in some limited circumstances be a genuine hazard. I'd like to have your business but there's nearly a dozen good tree companies in the tri-county area. Please investigate before you engage a company. Bad tree work is not like bad lawn care; once its done, its done.