Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns

LEWISTON, ID - Trees add beauty to the landscaping of any home.

However, poorly maintained trees can die before their time, create personal safety hazards for your family and even cause property damage to your home.

In Thursday's Angie's List report, when to remove a tree.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared for trees are attractive and can add up to 15% of value to your property.

"Trees need check-ups just like people do," said Angie's List owner Angie Hicks. "Having a certified arborist come and exam your trees annually can help you prevent potential problems, catch disease early and protect that landscape asset."

Don't just hire anyone with a chain saw and pickup truck, removing a tree can be extremely dangerous. Gather estimates from at least three companies and check them thoroughly.

"If a tree is structurally damaged whether it's split or something of that nature every once in a while there are things we can do like pinning a tree together with rods, putting cables in trees, lightening branches and things of that nature, those are sometimes options to try and save the tree," said certified arborist Stephen Courchaine.

Have the contractor tag or walk through the yard with you, so you know exactly what trees need work and what is being removed. And make sure the company's policy adequately covers property damage and injuries that could occur on your property.

Angie's List also recommends that you agree to the terms and details of the project, outlined in a contract, before any work is done.