How to Choose a Good Landscape Contractor
If you’re searching for a landscaping company, there’s no question about supply. Surely, there’s no shortage of prospects. What may be a bit challenging though is finding someone who has the right qualifications and is nice to work with. So how do you choose a good landscape contractor for your home? Here are five helpful tips:
Do Your Research
Look online to find local landscaping contractors and then compare them. Be careful with those who offer you incredibly cheap rates – you don’t want to be surprised with the catch. You usually get what you pay for in the landscaping industry. Find landscapers who have been providing a variety of services for a long time, and those who can give you strong client references. Take a look at their websites and social media profiles. Very importantly, read reviews about them on independent consumer websites, not marketing websites, which are biased.
Identify Your Needs
Know what you want the landscape contractor to do and be sure to give them an accurate picture of what you have in mind. Preferably, write down some notes on paper and ask the contractor if they can work around your ideas.
Be Open-minded About Your Options
As earlier mentioned, there are a lot of landscape contractors nowadays, and they usually vary when it comes to service areas, specialties, pricing and general reputation. Landscape contractors may also be called other names, such as landscape design companies, lawn care companies, landscape maintenance contractors, and all the rest. When searching online, include all such terms. Regardless of what they’re called, you only want skilled professionals – no less – to work on your yard.
When screening a prospect, focus on the following:
> how long the contractor has been in the industry
> the contractor’s rating with the Better Business Bureau
> memberships to industry associations
> satisfaction guarantees
> positive reviews from previous clients
> pictures from latest projects
Asking for Recommendations
By far, word of mouth remains to be the best way of finding a reputable landscaping company. Ask your friends, relatives and neighbors for referrals. Maybe they’ve hired a landscaper recently and were pleased with the results.
Look for a Connection
Even with the best landscaper in the world, you sill won’t be satisfied with the results unless there’s a real connection between the two of you. To connect means to be able to express yourself and all your ideas, and to be understood completely.
Finally, when looking for that “fit” with your prospective contractor, look into the following:
> communication skills
> patience and sincerity in meeting your needs
As you can see, you won’t find a good landscape contractor overnight, but that’s okay if it means finding someone who can bring you the quality of results you want.