Carr, owner of Norwood and Marshfield-based Pathfinder Tree Service, said the wait for private tree work can range from a week to a month, depending partly on whether a company has other jobs scheduled nearby.
“This is just one of those spikes,” he said of the sudden flood of work. Last Tuesday he removed a tree resting on a house in Scituate, and there were plenty more trees still on homes in the region, he said.
Carr said tree companies’ prices are likely to be higher for a while, perhaps until midsummer, or possibly even the end of the year.
He advised homeowners to ask for a tree company’s insurance certificate and follow up with the company’s insurance agent to make sure the insurance is valid. Homeowners who are filing their own insurance claims should look for a tree service accustomed to dealing with claims, he said.
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