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"What a beautiful day," you say, as you step out and examine your lawn for the first time.

But, wait, that big tree that has been in your yard forever, isn't budding like it used to.

Time to get it cut down. 

But landscape scammers may be on the prowl this Spring, looking to make a quick buck.

"Spring is usually the busiest time of year for tree removal," says Chris Johnson - an arborist - or profession tree cutter - for Davenport. 

Johnson sometimes has to clean up the mistakes other companies make. 

Companies who may be looking to take your money.

"I would strongly recommend you get a written agreement that you are going to pay them for a certain service. And then don't pay them until the service is complete."

Johnson adds, you may want to check if companies are even eligible to work in your city.

Not every requires tree trimming businesses to be licensed with the city they are working in. 

Moline and Rock Island do not.

While Bettendorf and Davenport, do.

Making anybody who works in the city limits to prove they have insurance before they get into business.

Because if a company doesn't have that insurance, you could be responsible.

"If damages were to happen with the work that is being done on your property, you would be held liable," Johnson explains. "And in some homeowner policies, they won't cover the damages."

And anytime a company asks for money before they start a job - that should be a warning.

"Most reputable tree companies in our area will bill you after the job is done. They won't ask for up front money because they have enough overhead and balance to take care of doing the job first before getting the money."

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