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Storm damage in Hillsborough cause a second look at tree removal

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When a huge tree fell on Ray Allen's property in Seffner, Sean Miller and his crew were called in for a clean-up job.

"We had a tree that snapped at the bottom luckily it didn't do go towards his house," Miller said.

Miller is one of many in the tree removal business who've been busy the past couple of days, following storms that pounded Tampa Bay area and left damage behind.

"It has been a little crazy honestly we have had a lot of calls we were out here last night, scouting too to make sure there wasn't any damage and anyone was hurt," Miller added. "And we came out here today this guy called us to do the trees and here we are still working on it."

Miller and his crew have been sawing and removing trees that fell after strong straight line winds ripped through Hillsborough County. While there is still a lot of work to be done, those who are in the tree removal business and even those who aren't say you should check ahead before hiring someone.

"The best advice is to know who you are going to hire before you need them," said Kevin Jackson with Hillsborough County Consumer Protection.

Jackson recommended to "spend 10 minutes on the Internet just trying to do some research for complaints, how long they've been in business those things are very easily done to avoid the pitfalls that you hear about."

Jackson advised to avoid paying cash up front, and only make a full payment when the work is finished.

"Really that's what it is about right there, making sure the company you are going to hire is legitimate, and do everything they tell you they are going to do," Sean Miller said.

But if you are left out on a limb, there is place you can turn to for help.

"If they can't get the business to resolve, file a complaint with Hillsborough County consumer protection or the state consumer office if they live outside Hillsborough," Jackson said. "And we will try and work the complaint, try to get ahold of the business try and resolve it in some way, so there is a place to go if things go wrong."

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