How to Pick the Right Landscape Contractor
If you’re planning to hire a landscape contractor, you’ll be glad with the supply. Definitely no shortage here! What you may find a bit of a challenge, however, is finding somebody qualified and pleasant to work with. So how do you choose a good landscape contractor for your home? Here are five tips to get you started:
Do Some Research
Check the Internet for local landscapers and take time to compare them. Be wary of those who are offering very cheap rates – there will always be a catch. Like other industries, you get what you pay for when it comes landscaping. Look for landscapers who are experienced in various services and can give you client references. Spend time checking out their websites and social media profiles. Very importantly, read online reviews on them, but stick to third-party consumer websites (marketing websites are full of fabricated testimonials and are thus unreliable).
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, put all your ideas on paper and ask the contractor if they will be able to work around them.
Stay Open to 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 are also called other terms, like landscape maintenance companies, lawn care companies, landscape designers, and so on. Include all of these terms when you search online. Regardless of what they’re called, you only want skilled professionals – no less – to work on your yard.
Focus on the following when studying your prospects:
> how long the company has been in business
> the contractor’s rating with the Better Business Bureau
> memberships to professional or industry organizations
> work guarantees
> positive reviews from previous clients
> snapshots from recent jobs
At the end of the day, word of mouth is still the best route to a good landscape contractor. Ask your friends, relatives and neighbors for referrals. They may have worked with a good landscaper before.
Look for Chemistry
Even if you work with the best landscape company in the world, the results will still not be satisfying enough if there’s no connection between the two of you. A connection allows you to express yourself, your ideas and expectations fully, and enables the contractor understand you completely.
Lastly, the following will help you determine if a certain contractor is the right fit for you:
> communication skills
> patience and sincerity in meeting your needs
Evidently, it’s almost impossible to find a reputable landscaper overnight, which should be totally fine if it means you’ll get superior quality results by the end of your projects.