Finding a Good 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 what’s a good way of choosing a landscape company for your home? Here are five helpful tips:
Do Some 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. Like other industries, you get what you pay for when it comes landscaping. Pay attention to your prospects’ experience in different landscaping services and their willingness to provide 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
Be sure you know what exactly you want and that you can express your ideas accurately and clearly to the landscape contractor. Preferably, put all your ideas on paper and ask the contractor if they will be able to work around them.
Remain Open to Options
As we said earlier, landscape contractors have grown in number today, varying in different areas such as size, price, specialty, and overall 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. No matter what they’re called though, you want no less than skilled professionals working on your yard.
When screening a prospect, focus on the following:
> the company’s experience
> the company’s Better Business Bureau rating
> memberships to professional or industry organizations
> satisfaction 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 friends, family members and neighbors for recommendations. Maybe they’ve worked with a landscaper before and were happy 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. 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 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.
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