Tree Trimmers Warn Of Scammers As Ice Storm Cleanup Continues

Wednesday, November 4th 2020, 3:23 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine


Residents across the state continue to remove tree limbs from their homes and yards after last week's historic ice storm.

JEBCO Enterprises owner Jay Bradshaw said there are a lot of people out there that want your money but aren't qualified to do the job of removing tree limbs.

“Beware of people knocking on doors,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said the scammers ask for a low price because they are just looking for a down payment and aren’t interested in cleanup.

"One job I did was about $3,500, and well, we had someone knock on the door who wanted to do it for $200,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said prices can vary based on how big a job can be or how long a job can be completed. Some may take a day while others may require a week.

More often than not, Bradshaw said, insurance won't cover the cost of tree damage.

"The only time insurance will cover it is when you have damage on the roof,” Bradshaw said.

Some people are trying to clean up the mess themselves, but it may not be a good idea.

“It's very dangerous work,” Bradshaw said. “If you don't know which end to start, you can end up in your lap along with a running chainsaw.”

Bradshaw said tree trimming experts are trained to dictate where the tree and branch may fall.

If you still have trees in need of trimming – Bradshaw can be reached at (405) 641-4681.