A well-designed lawn can totally transform any plain-looking house. Besides that, you don’t only get an improved outdoor living space with quality landscaping, but you also increase the value of your home. The question is, how do you choose the right professionals to do it for you?
Indeed, it can be difficult to find a good landscaping contractor. It can be daunting, if only because there are so many prospects you can consider. So how should you go about it? How can you tell if a certain company is the one you need?
Perform some research.
First off, research local landscapers and compare them. Be wary of those offering insanely cheap rates because most probably, there will be a catch. Look for those that have extensive experience, provide a comprehensive range of services, and can give you strong client references from previous similar projects. Be sure to check out your prospects’ social media profiles and websites, as well consumer ratings and reviews. When reading reviews, however, stick to reputable third-party sites to guarantee authenticity.
Define your needs.
Before calling any prospects, make sure you already know what you want them to do. Make a list of everything. Be as specific as you can. This ensures that you won’t forget anything when you finally meet with your prospects, and that the one hire can actually satisfy all your expectations.
Keep an open mind.
Landscaping companies come in great numbers these days, and they vary on so many areas, such as pricing, specialty, services, company size, and the rest. When screening your prospects, pay attention to:
> professional affiliations, such as local and national landscaper association memberships;
> satisfaction guarantees; and
pictures from earlier jobs.
Ask for recommendations.
There’s nothing better than personal referrals when it comes to finding a good service provider. Ask people around you – relatives, friends, neighbors and even your coworkers. Maybe someone has worked with a good landscaping company before. People are usually happy to share positive experiences with others.
Look for personal chemistry.
Finally, while you don’t have to be best friends with your landscaper, you at least have to be friends. It usually takes weeks to finish a landscaping project, and you don’t want to torture yourself with a person or team you don’t like. Before you pick a landscaper, make sure they communicate well, have patience with you, and are receptive to your inputs or suggestions.
It’s clear that looking for a good landscaper is not always easy. There are things you need to consider, lest you end up with someone you will regret hiring. Of course, you should do everything to avoid that scenario.