Think you don't need to bother with a licensed contractor for your tree project, and that it might even be cheaper to go with the unlicensed guy? Tempting as that may sound, there are many negatives to trying to save a few dollars with an unlicensed tree service provider.
A tree service provider that is licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) means the provider is responsible enough to follow state laws and has the appropriate insurance and bond to protect you and your property. In California, any work of $500 or more must be performed by a provider that holds a current, valid license from CSLB.
Non-licensed providers do not meet the state requirements. They are not registered with the state, making it easier for them to get away with messy, substandard jobs or not completing your project. And they are in direct competition with licensed businesses that perform their work professionally and meet the state's standards.
Unlicensed providers pose a risk to you and your family's financial security. They expose you to significant financial harm in the event of any damage to your property or injuries while on your property.
With so many negatives, why take the chance with an unlicensed provider? You may end up paying more in the long run.
Investigate before you invest. Use a licensed contractor for your tree project and start with trust.