How to Choose a Good Landscape Contractor
If you’re planning to hire a landscape contractor, you’ll be glad with the supply. Surely, there’s no shortage of prospects. The real issue, however, is finding someone who is qualified and a pleasure 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 online to find landscaping companies in your area, compare them with one other. Careful with those incredibly cheap offers – there will surely be a catch. Like other industries, you get what you pay for when it comes landscaping. Find landscapers who have been providing a variety of services for a long time, and those who can give you strong client references. Spend time checking out their websites and social media profiles. Very importantly, scan reviews written on them on third-party consumer websites, not marketing websites which are unreliable.
Know Your Wants and Needs
Make sure you know exactly what you want the landscape contractor to do and that you can convey it to them as clearly as possible. 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 we have mentioned earlier, there are so many landscape contractors today, and they may vary in terms of pricing, specialties and overall reputation. Landscape contractors may also be called other names, such as landscape design companies, lawn care companies, landscape maintenance contractors, and all the rest. 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.
When screening your prospects, take note of the following:
> how long the contractor has been in the industry
> the contractor’s rating with the Better Business Bureau
> memberships to professional organizations
> satisfaction or work guarantees
> positive reviews from previous clients
> photos from recent projects
Asking for Referrals
At the end of the day, word of mouth is still the best route to a good landscape contractor. Ask friends, family members and neighbors for recommendations. They may have worked with a good landscaper before.
Look for Chemistry
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. Connecting means being able to fully express yourself, with the contractor being able to fully understand you as well.
Lastly, the following will help you determine if a certain contractor is the right fit for you:
> communication skills
> patience and enthusiasm in working with you
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.